Center for Missouri Studies
605 Elm St.
History books tend to include Missouri’s Indigenous population only during periods when they were a threat to the state’s white settlement. These histories overlook the fact that Native people have lived here for at least twelve thousand years and continue to call Missouri home today. Historian Greg Olson will talk about the centuries of Indigenous presence in the state. He will discuss the inventiveness and adaptability that have enabled Missouri’s Indigenous population to change and evolve in the face of the extreme challenges they encountered. Olson will show how this resilience allowed Indigenous people and their traditions to survive in Missouri in the twenty-first century. Olson's latest book, Indigenous Missourians: Ancient Societies to the Present published by University of Missouri Press, is available in the Richard Bookstore inside the Center for Missouri Studies and online: shop.shsmo.org.