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National History Day Exhibit Workshop

November 29, 4:30–6 p.m.

Media Center, Gentry Middle School

Join Dr. Linda Endersby from MU’s Museum of Art and Archaeology for this FREE workshop! You will learn how to create an effective National History Day exhibit and discover professional skillsets needed to successfully showcase your research. We look forward to welcoming teachers and students to this exciting session!

Sponsored by the Missouri State Archives

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Gift Shop Open House

December 1, 11 a.m.–1 p.m.

Columbia Research Center

Share your love of Missouri with items from the State Historical Society gift shop. Whether it is an indulgence for yourself or the perfect present for that hard-to-shop-for person, the gift shop offers books, art, notecards, and other gifts that highlight your state heritage. Browse in the shop while enjoying light refreshments. SHSMO members receive a 10 percent discount on all purchases. Plus, by shopping at the Society gift shop you help support the mission to preserve and share Missouri history! If you are unable to attend in person, please see selections in the online store.

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Marlin Perkins: Wild Life Opening Reception

December 6, 6 p.m.

St. Louis Research Center

Missouri native Marlin Perkins lived a truly wild life. In addition to serving as the director of the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago and then the St. Louis Zoo, Perkins also hosted two popular television programs—Zoo Parade (1949–1957) and the award-winning Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom, which ran for 26 seasons starting in 1961. Pulling from the more than 2,000 photographs housed in the St. Louis Research Center’s Marlin Perkins Papers, this exhibition explores some of the most legendary, dangerous, funny, and touching moments of Perkins’s life as they were captured on camera and in writing. With over 40 photographs, hand-written documents, and a few surprises, the exhibit highlights Perkins’s contributions to wildlife conservation through his work at the zoo, on television, and in the wild. This opening event will include an exhibit walkthrough led by the curator, SHSMO’s graduate assistant Miles Jenks. Registration appreciated but not required.

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Black History Month

Black History Month

February 1-28


All month long the State Historical Society of Missouri’s social media channels will focus on the African American experience in Missouri as revealed through papers of individuals, families, and organizations that are housed within SHSMO’s collections. Learn more now through the African American Experience in Missouri Research Guide.

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Exodus: Images of Black Migration in Missouri and Beyond, 1866–1940

February 4, 4 p.m.

University of Missouri’s Ellis Library, Room 114A

Join SHSMO’s Joan Stack and Faith Ordonio for a curators’ presentation of Exodus: Images of Black Migration in Missouri and Beyond, 1866–1940, which explores how thousands of African Americans came to and through Missouri while seeking greater political, economic, and social opportunity. Images from SHSMO’s collections offer insights into the movement of African Americans from their first great exodus out of the South after the Civil War to relocations sparked by violence, repression, natural disasters, and the turmoil of the Great Depression. Viewed together, the artwork, including fine art prints by George Caleb Bingham and Thomas Hart Benton, creates an overall picture of American life in an era of dramatic change.

Sponsored by University of Missouri Libraries and the MU Black History Month Committee

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2017 Capitol Day

Annual Day at the Capitol

February 6

Missouri State Capitol

Meet National History Day in Missouri students, learn more about how the innovative NHD program encourages them to explore history, and share your passion for history education with state legislators at this daylong event in the Missouri State Capitol. Find your legislators and contact them today to let them know you support the work of SHSMO through the National History Day in Missouri in program.

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Missouri Council for the Social Studies Conference

February 22-23

Capitol Plaza Hotel and Convention Center

Register now for the Missouri Council for the Social Studies Conference. SHSMO’s executive director, Gary Kremer, will provide the keynote address, “Missouri’s Complicated Racial Past: Causes and Consequences.” You can also visit with Society staff members at their exhibitor’s booth to discuss ways to use resources from the Society, the National History Day in Missouri program, and the upcoming Missouri 2021 bicentennial observances in your classroom. Visit the MCSS website for more information.

Women's History Month

Women's History Month

March 1-31


All month long the State Historical Society of Missouri’s social media channels will highlight the evolution of gender roles and women’s status over the course of the state’s history. Personal papers, organizational records, correspondence, news clippings, and much more illustrate the important roles Missouri women have played in the Show-Me State’s development. Learn more now through the guide to Women's Experience in Missouri.

Missouri Conference on History

Missouri Conference on History

March 6-8

Holiday Inn Country Club Plaza

The sixty-first annual Missouri Conference on History, hosted by the University of Missouri–Kansas City and Park University and sponsored by the State Historical Society of Missouri, will be held March 6–8, 2019. Paper, panel, and student poster proposals in all fields of history, including public history and historic preservation, are invited. The conference is particularly interested in proposals for complete sessions, including panelists, chair, and commentator. In 2019 the Missouri Humanities Council is offering a new program of financial assistance to both undergraduate and graduate students: travel grants will cover the conference registration fee, lodging at the conference hotel, and up to $150 of additional related expenses. For more information about the Missouri Conference on History, please visit the web page.

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Missouri Bicentennial 101: Tapping into SHSMO Resources

March 16, 10:30 a.m.

Jefferson County Library–Northwest Branch

Join SHSMO senior archivist Claire P. Marks to learn tips for discovering your own local history within the Society’s multifaceted collections. Then SHSMO’s bicentennial coordinator, Michael Sweeney, will discuss what plans are in place for celebrating Missouri’s 200th birthday on August 10, 2021. SHSMO is committed to coordinating a yearlong, statewide celebration that brings together rural and urban communities in projects, programs, and events contributing to a better understanding of the state and its complex heritage.

Hosted by the Jefferson County Genealogical Society

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National History Day in Missouri State Contest

April 27

University of Missouri

Come witness how NHDMO transforms Missouri students. By exploring this year’s theme of Triumph and Tragedy in History, students will learn about their world and themselves while creating hands-on research projects and competing in successive local, state, and national contests. Add to their learning experience, sign up to judge at the state contest.

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