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Civil War accross the Ozarks

Civil War across the Ozarks

June 22, 7p.m.

Curtis Laws Wilson Library, Missouri University of Science and Technology

During the 1850s, as arguments over states’ rights and slavery escalated, Missouri became one of the most volatile regions in the nation. Friends, families, and neighbors often found themselves on opposite sides of the issues because of the strong ties Missouri had with both the North and the South. Join John Bradbury, senior fellow and retired assistant director of the State Historical Society of Missouri, to learn more about how the War Between the States affected the Ozarks. A highly regarded scholar, Bradbury is the co-author of The Civil War’s First Blood: Missouri, 1854-1861, one of the finest books written on the local experience of the war that nearly tore the nation apart.

You can also explore the Civil War through an exhibition at the Curtis Laws Wilson Library now through August 31.

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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.


Preserving Your Family History

July 25, 7 p.m.

Community Room, Farmington Fire Department

Need to know what to do with all of your photographs, letters, documents, scrapbooks, and audio and visual materials? Join the Farmington Historical Society and archivists from the State Historical Society of Missouri’s Rolla Research Center to look at how to preserve and maintain digital and physical content. This will include photographs, documents, audio, and audiovisual materials among others. Learn tips and tricks on how best to preserve your memories and information.


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

Register now 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 New York 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 luncheon.

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