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Dr. Kremer to speak at Hermann symposium exploring German abolitionists and slavery

Hermann Advertiser-Courier—The Missouri Humanities Council and Cross-Cultural Strategies are teaming up with Visit Hermann (tourism arm for the City of Hermann) to explore and celebrate the remarkable contributions German immigrants made to the abolition of slavery in Missouri. The symposium on the “Shared History of German and African Americans in Missouri” will include historians, community leaders and artists who come together to discuss this little-known history on Saturday, Feb. 29, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Stop by the SHSMO Bookstore for last-minute holiday shopping!

The State Historical Society of Missouri Bookstore features a wide selection of products from all over the Show-Me State. These unique and Missouri-crafted gifts are a perfect choice for family or friends.

There are just a few shopping days left so stop by today!

The SHSMO Bookstore is located in the Center for Missouri Studies at 605 Elm Street, Columbia, MO.

Episode 24: William Monks & "A History of Southern Missouri and Northern Arkansas" – John Bradbury

Today's episode concludes our multi-part series on "The Ozarks." It features a conversation with John Bradbury about his edited volume of William Monks' memoir, "A History of Southern Missouri and Northern Arkansas: Being an Account of the Early Settlements, the Civil War, the Ku-Klux, and Times of Peace."

Support National History Day in Missouri

National History Day in Missouri empowers students like Josef Schuller to learn about their world through hands-on research projects on topics of their choosing. Students in grades 6 to 12 showcase their work through websites, documentaries, performances, papers, and exhibits at the local, state, and national level. NHD builds confidence, critical thinking, and a love for history.

Large Grant Awarded to Support Kansas City Research Center Relocation

The Miller Nichols Charitable Foundation recently committed $250,000 to support the relocation of the State Historical Society’s Kansas City Research Center to Miller Nichols Library on the University of Missouri–Kansas City campus. The grant is an important first step in the campaign to relocate the Kansas City Research Center from its current location in UMKC’s Newcomb Hall.

Civil War Letters of Polk County Confederate Describe Battles at Pea Ridge and Vicksburg

When the Civil War broke out, James Washington Woodard lived with his wife and four children on a farm in Polk County, Missouri. Sympathetic to the Confederacy, Woodard, like many of his neighbors, joined the Fifth Missouri Infantry Regiment in January of 1862. He rose to the rank of lieutenant before he was killed on June 29, 1863, five days before the Confederate surrender at Vicksburg. A collection of Woodard’s papers recently donated to the Springfield Research Center provides insight into his wartime experiences.