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Women's History Month

Women's History Month

March 1–31

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All month long the State Historical Society of Missouri’s social media channels will highlight the evolution of gender roles and women’s status over the course of the state’s history. Personal papers, organizational records, correspondence, news clippings, and much more illustrate the important roles Missouri women have played in the Show-Me State’s development. Learn more now through the guide to Women's Experience in Missouri.

African American Experience in Missouri Lecture

African American Experience in Missouri Lecture: Gary R. Kremer

April 2, 6 p.m.
6:00 p.m. Light Reception
6:30 p.m. Lecture
7:30 p.m. Meet and Greet

Stotler Lounge, University of Missouri’s Memorial Student Union

Explore the history of Lincoln University from its founding by former Missouri slaves in 1866 through its emergence as a state-funded normal and vocational school to its establishment as the state’s only public institution of higher education for African Americans in 1921. Special attention will be given to Lincoln University’s “golden years,” from 1921 through the mid-1950s, when it was often referred to as the “Black Harvard of the Midwest.”

Join Gary R. Kremer, described by one historian as “the dean of historians of the African American experience in Missouri,” for a look at the history of one of the state’s most important African American institutions. The event begins with a reception at 6:00 p.m. to honor Jerald Jones Woolfolk, President of Lincoln University. The lecture begins at 6:30 p.m. and a meet and greet session follows.

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.

Geographical, statistical, and historical map of Missouri, Bootheel detail

Building the Bootheel: African American Workers and Waterways

April 4, 7 p.m.

Cape Girardeau Public Library

Join the State Historical Society of Missouri and Center for Missouri Studies fellow Heidi Dodson for a public presentation of her fellowship project. In her talk, she will explore how rivers, swamps, and ditches have shaped the history and culture of the Missouri Bootheel, examining in particular the important role African Americans played in the transformation of the region’s water landscapes.

Dodson will focus on African American community building and labor on flood control infrastructure and drainage ditches during the early twentieth century. She will illuminate this history through the lens of a notorious 1906 court case, African American Civilian Conservation Corps camps, and contemporary oral histories.

Heidi Dodson is a CLIR Postdoctoral Fellow in Digital Scholarship at the University at Buffalo and a 2018 Center for Missouri Studies Fellowship recipient. A graduate of Southeast Missouri State University, she holds a PhD in History from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Learn More about the Center for Missouri Studies Fellowships

National History Day in Missouri logo

National History Day in Missouri State Contest

April 27

University of Missouri

Come witness how NHDMO transforms Missouri students. By exploring this year’s theme of Triumph and Tragedy in History, students will learn about their world and themselves while creating hands-on research projects and competing in successive local, state, and national contests. Add to their learning experience, sign up to judge at the state contest.

Volunteer to Judge

African American Experience in Missouri Lecture

African American Experience in Missouri Lecture: Debra Foster Greene

April 30, 6 p.m.
6:00 p.m. Light Reception
6:30 p.m. Lecture
7:30 p.m. Meet and Greet

Stotler Lounge, University of Missouri’s Memorial Student Union

The African American Press has a long history of agency and activism. Dating its founding from 1827 with the publication of Freedom’s Journal in New York, the press has a legacy of protest and a history of the struggle for survival. Between 1875 and 1970, Missouri was home to more than 60 black-owned newspapers. Join Debra Foster Greene, professor emeritus of history from Lincoln University and a noted scholar of African American Business History, for a look into the lives and works of several African American newspaper publishers and editors in the Show-Me State.

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.

Jimmie Allison and band

Ozark Pickin’ Time

May 19, 1–5 p.m.

Cedar Street Playhouse

Join SHSMO for an afternoon of great performances by musicians from the Ozarks. Ozark Pickin’ Time, which initially celebrated bluegrass music, moves to a new Rolla venue and is expanding its range of musicians in 2019. It will again be a family-friendly event with a suggested donation of $10. Performers will include Jimmie Allison and his reunited band Midnight Flight; Jerry Rosa and the Rosa String Works; and Marideth Sisco and Accomplices, which consists of members from the Blackberry Winter Band that played on the soundtrack for the award-winning film Winter’s Bone.

Please contact the Rolla Research Center for more information.

Sponsored by Phelps County Bank

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Registration is appreciated but not required.
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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