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Best Practices in History Education Conference

September 20–21

Harry S. Truman Library and Museum

This conference, hosted by the Missouri Council for History Education, invites teachers to discover new ways to strengthen their classroom, including through the National History Day in Missouri program. A session by SHSMO's Maggie Mayhan and Mark Adams of the Truman Library will share tips that have helped the Kansas City area grow into one of the strongest NHD regions in the state. (In 2017 they had two of five senior gold medals at nationals!)

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2018 Ste. Genevieve History Conference

September 21–23

Ste. Genevieve County Community Center

The Foundation for Restoration of Ste. Genevieve's Fall History Conference offers a variety of educational sessions for those interested in Missouri history and culture. SHSMO president Bob Priddy will provide two talks, "Let He Who Is Without a Quarry Throw the First Stone–Rebuilding the Missouri Capitol" and "Center for Missouri Studies and the Missouri Bicentennial." Registration is required at a cost of $50 per person. Visit the Foundation for Restoration of Ste. Genevieve's website for details, or contact the Foundation at ffrsg@att.net or 573.883.9622.

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Personal Digital Archiving

September 22, 10:30–11:30 a.m.

The Library Center, Springfield–Greene County Library District

Join archivists from the State Historical Society of Missouri’s Springfield Research Center to look at how to preserve and maintain digital content. This will include photographs, documents, audio, and audiovisual materials. Learn tips and tricks on how best to preserve your memories and information.

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Museum Day

October 6, 1–3 p.m.

MU Museum of Art and Archaeology

Celebrate the annual Smithsonian Museum Day with a family event hosted by MU's Museum of Art and Archaeology at Mizzou North. Numerous interactive experiences will be provided by local cultural institutions. Families can learn more about their community and the arts all in one place!

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Missouri Library Association Annual Conference

October 10-12

Holiday Inn Executive Center

Attending the Missouri Library Association Conference? Stop by the SHSMO table to visit with staff in the exhibit hall! Plus, you can make plans to join Michael Sweeney, Missouri Bicentennial coordinator for the State Historical Society of Missouri, on October 12 for his breakout session on planned and potential bicentennial activities and how your library can get involved.

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National History Day Workshop

October 13, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Harry S. Truman Library and Museum

Ready to kick off the 2019 National History Day season? Join Truman Library's education director—and Kansas City area regional coordinator—Mark Adams for this FREE workshop. You will have a chance to unpack the 2019 Triumph and Tragedy in History theme, explore great project resources, and ask your NHD questions. Plus, Riley Sutherland will be presenting her silver medal-winning performance! We look forward to welcoming teachers and students to this informative and interactive session. Please register by emailing mark.adams@nara.gov.

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Center for Missouri Studies Fall Lecture and Luncheon

October 13

Courtyard by Marriott – Columbia

Register now for the 2018 Center for Missouri Studies Fall Lecture and Luncheon. Acclaimed author Caroline Fraser will present a program based on her 2018 Pulitzer Prize–winning biography, Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder.

In a review of the book for the New York Times, Patricia Nelson Limerick, director of the University of Colorado's Center of the American West, wrote, "For anyone who has drifted into thinking of Wilder's 'Little House' books as relics of a distant and irrelevant past, reading Prairie Fires will provide a lasting cure." Fraser's talk will follow SHSMO's annual business meeting and luncheon.

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Preserving Your Family History

October 16, 6:30 p.m.

Maries County Courthouse

Need to know what to do with all of your photographs, letters, documents, scrapbooks, and audio and visual materials? Join the Historical Society of Maries County and archivists from the State Historical Society of Missouri's Rolla Research Center to look at how to preserve and maintain digital and physical content. This will include photographs, documents, and audio files among others. Learn tips and tricks on how best to preserve your memories and information.

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Beginning Genealogy

October 18, 2 p.m.

Scenic River Library–Owensville

Researching family history can be daunting for someone who is just getting started. Join SHSMO's senior archivist Kathleen Seale at the Scenic River Library–Owensville for tested advice on how to make the most of your early genealogy research. She will offer ideas for how to get started and discuss important resources that are available—both inside and outside of SHSMO's abundant collections.

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National History Day Teacher Workshop

October 18, 6–8 p.m.

Webster Hall 208, Missouri Southern State University

Ready to kick off the 2019 National History Day season? Join Missouri Southern State University professor—and Joplin area regional coordinator—Bill Fischer for this FREE teacher workshop. You will have a chance to unpack the 2019 Triumph and Tragedy in History theme, explore great project resources, and ask your NHD questions. Staff from the State Historical Society of Missouri will also share tips for finding effective NHD resources within SHSMO's vast collections.

Please RSVP by e-mailing Fischer-W@mssu.edu by Thursday, October 11th.

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Jefferson County Genealogical Society’s Family History Fair

October 20, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Northwest Library

Attending the Jefferson County Genealogical Society's Family History Fair? Stop by the SHSMO table to visit with senior archivist Claire P. Marks, and learn tips to help you discover your history within the Society’s vast material and digital collections.

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Springfield’s Cobra Scare of 1953

October 20, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Mt. Vernon Branch, Barry Lawrence Regional Library

During the summer of 1953, Springfield, Missouri, experienced a snake frenzy when several cobras were accidentally released from an exotic pet store. The snake hunt that ensued, perhaps the largest and longest in Missouri history, had residents and city officials on edge for months. Springfield’s acting city manager, Del Caywood, even tried to use snake charming music to lure out the cobras. At least eleven cobras, two boa constrictors, and an untold number of native snake species were caught or killed. Join Springfield archivist Jami Lewis as she shares the details of Springfield’s Cobra Scare of 1953.

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National History Day Performance Workshop

October 25, 4:30–6 p.m.

Media Center, Gentry Middle School

Competing in the National History Day performance category? This FREE workshop is for you! What makes a good performance? How do you deliver dramatic dialogue? How do you incorporate your research effectively? Actors and educators Mark and Tracy Wegman will take us through the steps of delivering an impactful NHD performance, and you will leave ready to take the stage. We look forward to welcoming teachers and students to this informative and interactive session!

Sponsored by the Missouri State Archives

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Cape Girardeau Research Center Open House

October 26, 4:30–6:30 p.m.

Cape Girardeau Research Center

Join us at the Cape Girardeau Research Center to learn more about local collections as well as how SHSMO can assist with everything from your genealogical research to classroom assignments. Tours will be offered from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. with brief remarks at 5:30 p.m. Onsite parking is available at the Pacific Hall building, which houses the Cape center, and directly across Pacific Street. Online registration is appreciated but not required.

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Educator Workshop: Using Digital and Material Collections in Your Classroom

November 2, 9 a.m.–12 p.m.

Rolla Research Center

This workshop is designed for educators who are intrigued by the idea of using Missouri's primary sources in their classroom but are not sure where to start. SHSMO senior archivist Kathleen Seale and Maggie Mayhan, National History Day in Missouri coordinator, will provide tips for finding effective resources within SHSMO's vast collections—without leaving your school. Please RSVP for this free session. Attendees will be offered a parking pass. To guarantee parking pass delivery, please register prior to October 25. This event will be held in Room 202 at the Missouri University of Science and Technology's Curtis Laws Wilson Library, which houses SHSMO's Rolla center.

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Your Missouri Story: Finding Your History and Helping Write It through the Bicentennial

November 2, 1:30 p.m.

Friedens Peace United Church of Christ

The State Historical Society of Missouri has been entrusted to collect, preserve, and share the state’s history since 1898, giving a voice to the people who helped build this country. Join SHSMO senior archivist Claire P. Marks to learn tips to help you discover your history within the Society’s vast collection. 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 Boone Duden Historical Society

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The Unsinkable Molly Brown

An Afternoon with Molly Brown

November 2, 4:00 p.m.

Monett Branch, Barry Lawrence Library

Join the State Historical Society of Missouri and the Monett Public Library to learn more about “The Unsinkable Molly Brown.” Margaret Tobin Brown will be portrayed by SHSMO’s Erin Smither. The program will describe Brown’s childhood in Missouri, her journey from rags to riches, her tale of survival aboard the Titanic, and her passion for the women’s suffrage movement. You can also find out more about Brown through her Historic Missourians biography.

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Cape Girardeau County Historical Society Autumn Banquet

November 4, 6 p.m.

Jackson Civic Center

Join SHSMO's associate director William R. Eddleman for his keynote address at the Cape Girardeau County Historical Society Autumn Banquet. Eddleman will share insights into early Cape County history, including details about two of Cape's founding families, the Lorimiers and Rodneys. A $35 registration is required. Contact the Cape Girardeau County Historical Society for details at 573.979.5170.

Little House Family Day

Family Day: Little House Life

November 5, 1–4 p.m.

Columbia Research Center

Join SHSMO for a fun afternoon of prairie life activities! Kids will hear stories about Laura Ingalls Wilder’s childhood and have a chance to participate in a variety of crafts organized by Sarah Poff, founder of Poff’s Portable Programs. Kids can churn their own butter, make rag dolls, design marble pouches, and more. They will have the opportunity to experience pioneer life in a fun, hands-on way!

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Educator Workshop: Using Digital and Material Collections in Your Classroom

November 9, 9 a.m.–12 p.m.

St. Louis Research Center

This workshop is designed for educators who are intrigued by the idea of using Missouri's primary sources in their classroom but are not sure where to start. SHSMO senior archivist Claire P. Marks and Maggie Mayhan, National History Day in Missouri coordinator, will provide tips for finding effective resources within SHSMO's vast collections—without leaving your school. Please RSVP for this free session. Attendees will be offered a parking pass. To guarantee parking pass delivery, please register prior to November 1. This event will be held in Instruction Room 315 at the University of Missouri–St. Louis's Thomas Jefferson Library, which houses SHSMO's St. Louis center.

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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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