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Dry Parade in Sedalia, MO

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National History Day Contest

June 9–13

University of Maryland-College Park

Finalists from the state contest will represent Missouri at nationals, held on the University of Maryland–College Park campus. In past years, Missouri delegates have represented the Show-Me State with distinction, bringing home medals, speaking at Breakfast on the Hill, and showcasing their work at the National Museum of American History and the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Follow NHDMO on Facebook and Twitter to stay posted on the 2019 delegation’s experience.

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Marlin Perkins feeds an elephant

Marlin Perkins: Wild Life

July 5, 10 a.m.

St. Louis County Library, Samuel Sachs Branch

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 presentation by State Historical Society of Missouri Archivist Miles Jenks, explores some of the most legendary, dangerous, funny, and touching moments of Perkins’s life as they were captured on camera and in writing. The presentation highlights Perkins’s contributions to wildlife conservation through his work at the zoo, on television, and in the wild.

Marlin Perkins: Wild Life is hosted by Aging Ahead’s Choice Program. A partnership between Aging Ahead and the St. Louis County Libraries, Choice Program brings a variety of programs and services to community locations where older adults naturally congregate, such as libraries. A staff member is present at each program to provide an introduction and to ensure everything goes smoothly. Participants may either order lunch and remain after the presentation, or take food to go. The programs are targeted for individuals age 60 and older and are free to the public.

Carter Center Black History Education Conference

2nd Annual CARTER Center for K-12 Black History Education Conference

July 26–27

Muriel W. Battle High School, Columbia

The State Historical Society of Missouri is pleased to sponsor the 2nd annual CARTER Center for K-12 Black History Education Conference, designed for K-12 educators, community educators, and persons interested in the learning and teaching of black history. Workshops will focus on the conference's theme, 400 Years and Counting: Teaching Slavery and Its Afterlife.

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Center for Missouri Studies Rendering

Center for Missouri Studies Grand Opening

August 10, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

Center for Missouri Studies

August 10, 1821, marked the first official day of statehood, and 198 years later, a new chapter in the preservation and exploration of Missouri's eventful past will begin with the August 10, 2019, opening of the State Historical Society of Missouri's new Columbia headquarters, the Center for Missouri Studies.

Save the date, and make plans to join us for this celebration!

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