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Missouri 2021

Museum After Hours: Missouri Bicentennial

June 6, 7 p.m.

Missouri State Capitol

Missouri celebrates its 200th birthday on August 10, 2021. The State Historical Society of Missouri 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. Join SHSMO's Michael Sweeney as he discusses what plans are in place and how you can join in the commemoration of the Show-Me State. The program will be held in the Missouri State Museum's History Hall, located in the east wing of the Missouri State Capitol. To access the Capitol after 5:30 p.m., enter through the garage on the east side of the building.

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Being Bussabarger Walk-Through

June 9, 1:30 p.m.

Main Gallery, Columbia Research Center

Join SHSMO art curator Joan Stack for a walk-through of the retrospective exhibition Being Bussabarger: Painting, Sculpture, Ceramics, Sketchbooks, and More on its final day. Painter, sculptor, and ceramicist Robert Bussabarger (1922–2013) lived and worked in Missouri for over 50 years. The wide range of media within the Society's collection of Bussabarger's art demonstrates the depth and breadth of his talent.

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National History Day Contest

June 10–14

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. Follow NHDMO on Facebook and Twitter to stay posted on the 2018 delegation's experience.


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

June 12, 2 p.m.

Washington Historical Society

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 archivists Claire P. Marks and Kathleen Seale 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.

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Molly Brown

An Afternoon with Molly Brown

June 21, 2 p.m.

Barry-Lawrence Regional Library: Marionville Branch Library

Join the State Historical Society of Missouri and the Marionville Library to learn more about "The Unsinkable Molly Brown." SHSMO's Erin Smither will portray Margaret Tobin Brown. 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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Missouri County Courthouses Walk-Through

June 30, 1:30 p.m.

Corridor Gallery, Columbia Research Center

SHSMO's current exhibition, Missouri County Courthouses: Building Memories on the Square Revisited, explores how Missouri's built environments reflect local values. Join art curator Joan Stack and Carol Grove, adjunct assistant professor of American Art and Architecture at the University of Missouri, at a gallery walk-through. They will highlight how the architecture of prominent community buildings serves both practical and symbolic functions. The exhibition, presented in collaboration with the Missouri Alliance for Historic Preservation, will run in SHSMO's corridor gallery through September 2018.

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Unrestricted Warfare: The 1916-1917 Springfield Streetcar Strike

July 12, 2 p.m.

Barry-Lawrence Regional Library: Marionville Branch Library

Join the State Historical Society of Missouri's Erin Smither for a closer look at Springfield's streetcar strike of 1916–1917. This program will examine the causes of the strike, the ways protesters benefited from community support, and the kidnapping and murder that influenced the demonstration's outcome.


Researching Your Missouri Ancestors

August 10, 9:15–11:15 a.m.

Stoney Creek Hotel and Conference Center

Join SHSMO's Amy L. Waters and Christina Miller of the Missouri State Archives for an informative session exploring new avenues for finding your Missouri family. Attendees will learn about physical and electronic resources available in mid-Missouri repositories. This pre-conference session for the Missouri State Genealogical Association Conference, which is planned for August 10–11, is included in the conference registration. The public may also register for only this program. Visit Missouri State Genealogical Association's website for more information.

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Missouri State Genealogical Association Conference

August 10–11

Stoney Creek Hotel and Conference Center

Join SHSMO at the annual gathering of Missouri family history researchers. Learn from experts in the sessions, visit with SHSMO staff members in the exhibit hall, and network with other genealogists. For details, visit Missouri State Genealogical Association's website.

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Close-Up on Photographs and Family Papers

August 16, 12–1 p.m.

Livingston County Library

Overwhelmed by your photograph collection and family papers? Looking for tips on how to preserve it? SHSMO's associate director Lucinda Adams will provide an introduction to caring for photographs and family papers. Topics include organizing and storing collections, basic preservation, and managing family materials. This session is suitable for caretakers of historic photograph collections as well as those who want to learn how to best keep their contemporary photographs for future generations. The program, hosted by the Grand River Historical Society Museum in conjunction with the Livingston County Library, will be held in the library's second floor courtroom. Register by calling the Livingston Public Library at 660.646.0547. Free parking is available behind the building.

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Schoolcraft in the Old Ozarks

September 18, 7 p.m.

The Library Center, Springfield–Greene County Library District

It was almost 200 years ago that New Yorker Henry Rowe Schoolcraft and his companion Levi Pettibone launched a memorable journey into the wild and mostly unsettled region now called the Ozarks. In "Schoolcraft in the Old Ozarks," Brooks Blevins, Noel Boyd Professor of Ozarks Studies at Missouri State University, will discuss the region—the Old Ozarks—as Schoolcraft and other early travelers found it two centuries ago. Blevins will also sign copies of his new book, A History of the Ozarks, Volume 1: The Old Ozarks, which will be released by the University of Illinois Press in June.

Sponsored by SHSMO, the Springfield–Greene County Library District, Missouri State University Libraries, and the Missouri State University Ozarks Studies Institute

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Center for Missouri Studies Fall Lecture and Luncheon

October 13

Courtyard by Marriott – Columbia

Save the date of October 13 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 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 a luncheon. Watch for registration to open this summer.

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