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Women's History Month

Women's History Month

March 1-31

SHSMO Social Media

Missouri women have played vital roles in the long struggle for greater gender equality in America. Follow the State Historical Society of Missouri all month on social media to learn more about their stories. Find us on Facebook and Twitter.


Murder and Mayhem on the Streetcars of Springfield

March 29, 2 p.m.

Barry-Lawrence Regional Library: Mount Vernon Branch

Join SHSMO's Erin Smither for a closer look at the Springfield, Missouri streetcar strike of 1916–1917. This talk 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.

Volunteers using digital microfilm readers

Genealogy in the Cloud

April 7, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Bushwhacker Museum, Nevada, Missouri

Genealogy research takes more than just scouring the Internet, but with so many resources now available online, it is important to organize your digital materials efficiently. At this new workshop, Amy L. Waters, State Historical Society of Missouri librarian, will share tips for finding online resources and integrating them with other materials to create, organize, and maintain your family tree.

The workshop is geared for both new and experienced genealogists. Register now to join SHSMO and the Cedar and Vernon County Genealogical Society for this session. The cost is $5. Registration is encouraged by March 30 to the Cedar and Vernon County Missouri Genealogical Society at cedar.vernoncomo@gmail.com, 417.667.2457 or 417.876.2633, or by mail to 218 W. Walnut Street, Nevada, MO 64772, attention: Workshop.

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African American Experience in Missouri Lecture Series: Patricia Cleary

April 16, 6:30 p.m.

Stotler Lounge, Memorial Student Union, University of Missouri

In the histories of colonial St. Louis, people of African descent appear most often as enslaved men and women forced into doing the hard labor of settlement. Traces of their existence are visible in records relating to slave auctions and census documents enumerating their presence in households. But the fabric of their daily lives can be difficult to recover. Patricia Cleary, the author of The World, the Flesh, and the Devil: A History of Colonial St. Louis, will illuminate the vital roles African Americans played in the early village on the Mississippi, exploring how they experienced violence and expressed themselves in a community frequently torn by discord and unrest.

The series is sponsored by the State Historical Society of Missouri's Center for Missouri Studies; University of Missouri's Division of Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity; and the Missouri Humanities Council.

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.

Volunteer to Judge


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.


Bluegrass Pickin' One More Time

May 20

Havener Center

Join SHSMO and longtime mid-Missouri radio host Wayne Bledsoe in honoring Mona Jones and the Bluegrass Travelers, Jim Orchard and the Ozark Bluegrass Boys, and Jimmie Allison and the Ozark Rounders at an afternoon of live bluegrass. The festival will be held at the Havener Center on the Missouri University of Science and Technology campus. Watch for further details, they will be shared here as they are announced.

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