Show-Me Missouri Speakers' Bureau Now Online

Show Me Missouri: Conversations about Missouri’s Past, Present, and Future is a speakers' bureau program jointly organized and managed by the Missouri Humanities Council and the State Historical Society of Missouri.  The purpose of the Speakers’ Bureau is to promote public education for rural, urban, and suburban audiences throughout the state of Missouri.

During this challenging time, MHC and SHSMO are offering a selection of programs online for free via the video conference app Zoom. Visit the Speakers' Bureau webpage for details on future events.

The first of these virtual programs are detailed below.

 

  • Show Me Missouri Speakers Bureau Lecture Online: Sandy Davidson

    Apr
    02
    11:00 am

    Virginia Minor. Image courtesy of the Library of Congress.

    Not So Minor: Supreme Court Denies Women’s Right to Vote

    In Missouri, Virginia Minor was an early proponent of women’s right to vote. She had been the first president of the Woman Suffrage Association of Missouri in 1867—two years before Susan Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton established the National Woman Suffrage Association. Minor wanted to vote in the national election in 1872, but St. Louis registrar Reese Happersett would not let her register to vote. Minor sued, but in Minor v. Happersett, 88 US 162 (1875), the Supreme Court ruled that no law conferred on women the right to vote. The Court pointed out at the outset of its opinion that the constitution and laws of Missouri limited voting to men. Virginia Minor died in 1894, never getting the right to vote for which she labored for decades. This presentation will also discuss coverture, the status a woman acquires through marriage under common law. This event is free and open to the public, but RSVP is required.

    Host Organizations

    Missouri Humanities Council
    State Historical Society of Missouri

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    Event Contact Information

    Dr. Monique Johnston
    Missouri Humanities Council
    monique@mohumanities.org

  • Show Me Missouri Speakers Bureau Lecture Online: Lindsey Manshack

    Apr
    05
    2:00 pm

    Then and Now: American Indian Representation in Missouri

    With over 30,000 residents identifying with American Indian tribal affiliations, Missouri is enriched by tribal diversity. Using data from the US Census Bureau and other nationally recognized sources, this presentation focuses on where the current American Indian population is living within Missouri. It explores land and water rights, tribal preservation efforts, representation vs. misrepresentations, and indigeneity among local Missourians. Audience members will leave with a greater understanding of the American Indian people and the culture which surrounds them.

    This event is free and open to the public, but RSVP is required. Space is limited.

    Host Organizations

    Missouri Humanities Council
    State Historical Society of Missouri

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    Event Contact Information

    Dr. Monique Johnston
    Missouri Humanities Council
    monique@mohumanities.org

  • Show Me Missouri Speakers Bureau Lecture Online: Jon Taylor

    Apr
    09
    11:00 am

    Truman and Pendergast, 1922-1944

    One of the most complicated friendships during Harry Truman’s life was his long-lasting relationship with Tom Pendergast, who became a Kansas City political kingpin in the early 1920s and 1930s through his use of strong-arm tactics and personal wealth. However, by 1940, Truman’s political fortune hit a snag when Boss Tom was convicted of federal crimes and sent to Fort Leavenworth to serve time. Truman could no longer depend upon the boss for political support for his upcoming 1940 Senate reelection campaign. This presentation explores Truman’s relationship with Pendergast and explains how he was able to craft a political strategy to win reelection in 1940 despite the fact that Pendergast was jailed. It also assesses the lasting impact that Truman’s interactions with the Kansas City political machine had on his career.

    This event is free and open to the public, but RSVP is required. Space is limited.

    Host Organizations

    Missouri Humanities Council
    State Historical Society of Missouri

    RSVP Online

    Event Contact Information

    Dr. Monique Johnston
    Missouri Humanities Council
    monique@mohumanities.org