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National History in Missouri State Contest

National History Day in Missouri State Contest

April 28

University of Missouri

Come witness the knowledge, enthusiasm, and creativity of nearly 600 students from across the state as they share their History Day research projects. They will compete for state honors in categories including documentaries, exhibits, papers, performances, and websites that explore the 2018 contest theme, Conflict and Compromise in History. Sign up as a contest judge at nhdmo.org/judges and share your time to help students improve their work. Top finishers at the state contest will advance to the National History Day Contest at the University of Maryland, College Park in June.

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The Pen is Mighty by Fitzpatrick

The Crayon is Mighty: Cartoon Workshop

May 3, 6–8 p.m.

Missouri River Regional Library

Inspired by the collaborative exhibit, Sketches of War: Editorial Cartoons Representing WWI by Daniel Fitzpatrick, SHSMO and the Missouri State Museum will present a workshop on drawing cartoons in partnership with the Missouri River Regional Library in Jefferson City. This free hands-on workshop, appropriate for ages 10-18, will teach students about utilizing symbols and images to express ideas. Students will work through the process of developing and refining an editorial cartoon, while learning about artist Daniel Fitzpatrick and his techniques for making a powerful image. Paper and crayons will be provided. For more information, please call 573.751.2854.

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Erin teaching

Exploring Genealogy: Organizing and Preserving Your Family's Papers

May 7, 7 p.m.

The Library Center

Join the Ozarks Genealogical Society and Erin Smither, senior archivist at SHSMO's Springfield Research Center, to learn how to preserve and maintain your digital and physical memories including photos, documents, audio files, and audiovisual materials.

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Student researchers

SHSMO 101: Making the Most of Your Research

May 17, 2 p.m.

Barry-Lawrence Regional Library: Marionville Branch Library

Join SHSMO senior archivist Erin Smither as she talks about the Society, its history, and the great variety of materials available to researchers. Find out how to access State Historical Society resources in different areas of the state through six regional research centers, including the Springfield center. Whether you are a professional historian, a genealogist, or just a history buff, there is something for everyone at the State Historical Society of Missouri.


Bluegrass Pickin' One More Time

May 20, 2–6 p.m.

Havener Center

See Missouri Bluegrass legends Mona Jones and the Bluegrass Travelers, Jimmie Allison and the Ozark Rounders, and Jimmy Orchard and the Ozark Bluegrass Boys, perform live from 2 to 6 p.m. on May 20 in Rolla. The State Historical Society of Missouri and longtime mid-Missouri radio host Wayne Bledsoe pay tribute to these musicians with an afternoon honoring the region's longest-running bluegrass festival, Bluegrass Pickin' Time. The festival at the Havener Center on the Missouri University of Science and Technology campus will include performances from each group as well as a jam session. Registration is appreciated. The event is free and open to the public, but a suggested donation of $5 will support the preservation and promotion of SHSMO's bluegrass collections for future generations. In keeping with Bluegrass Pickin' Time tradition, this is a family friendly event. Download the flyer for the performance schedule.

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NHD 2017 medal winners

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.


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.


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.

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Center for Missouri Studies Fall Lecture and Luncheon

October 13

Courtyard by Marriott and Conference Center

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 award-winning book Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder, named one of the ten best books of 2017 by the New York Times. 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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