History on Elm

Join us for a new series starting in January of 2023 on the second Tuesday of each month at noon.


Tuesday, January 10 – “Ten works that help us understand our history” presented by Joan Stack, SHSMO art curator.  Plans for a virtual talk on this subject by Stack are in the works for April. Stay tuned for more details!

Tuesday, February 14 – “Oh Freedom After While” screening – A 58-minute documentary narrated by Julian Bond, co-founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center and former chairperson of the NAACP, includes rare footage of the sharecropper’s protest in Missouri’s bootheel. The film’s writer and co-producer, Candace O’Connor, will answer audience questions after the film. The screening is co-sponsored by University of Missouri Ellis Library, as part of Black History Month. A curated exhibition of Arthur Witman's photographs of the sharecropper's strike is on display at Ellis Library.

Tuesday, March 14 – “Sci-Fi Fandom in Missouri” from the records of Celestial Intervention Agency, the USS Discovery, and the St. Louis Science Fiction Society.  A. J. Medlock, coordinator of the St. Louis Research Center, will take the audience far into the galaxy and beyond as we explore the popularity of science fiction clubs and organizations in the state. Medlock is planning a later virtual talk on this subject later in the Spring. We'll keep you posted!

Tuesday, April 1 1 – "Author Talk: The Names of John Gergen: Immigrant Identities in early 20th Century St. Louis" presented by Benjamin Moore, winner of the 2022 Missouri History Book Award from the State Historical Society of Missouri. Moore will be signing his recent book, which are on sale at the Richard Bookstore inside the State Historical Society of Missouri.

Tuesday, May 9 – “Celebrating the 125th anniversary of the State Historical Society of Missouri." Founded in May 1898 by the Missouri Press Association and established as a trustee of the state a year later, the State Historical Society is the premiere organization that collects, preserves, and shares Missouri history. Bob Priddy, former news director of Missourinet, trustee and past president of the State Historical Society, will interview SHSMO executive director Gary Kremer about the Society’s legacy and future.

Tuesday, June 13 – “Collecting for U.S. Route 66 to commemorate its Centennial” Plans are underway for the 100th anniversary a few years from now. Organizations and individuals in multiple states are involved in planning efforts to celebrate the "Mother Road" in 2026. Learn more about one of the most famous roads in America popularized in songs, movies, and many popular books and stories. Katie Seale, coordinator of the SHSMO Rolla and Springfield research centers, will talk about the collections initiative and how Missourians can be involved in this historic and fun celebration.