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Biographer of Jazz Musician Charlie Parker to Speak at Center for Missouri Studies

Author and Historian Chuck Haddix will present Early Bird: Charlie Parker’s Life and Music in Kansas City as part of the African-American Experience in Missouri lecture series. A reception, talk, and book signing will be held Tuesday, Nov. 19, at the Center for Missouri Studies, 605 Elm St., Columbia, Missouri. A reception will begin at 6 p.m., half an hour before Haddix’s presentation at 6:30 p.m. A book signing and meet-and-greet will follow the program at 7:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Virginia Laas Elected President of the State Historical Society of Missouri

At the Annual Meeting on November 2, trustees elected Virginia J. Laas as president of the State Historical Society of Missouri. Laas, of Joplin, is the second woman to serve as the Society’s president. The first was newspaper publisher Avis Tucker, who was president from 1992 to 1995. 

“I have watched this organization take giant leaps forward over the past 24 years,” said Laas. “Just like the Apollo 11 moon landing that we celebrated on its golden anniversary in July, we, too, have moved heaven and earth to be where we are today.”

Smithsonian Exhibit World War I: Lessons and Legacies Opens in Rolla

A special traveling exhibit and several talks marking the United States' entry into World War I will be presented at the Curtis Laws Wilson Library on the Missouri University of Science and Technology campus in Rolla during the month of November. Displays of photographs, documents, and other items  from the Smithsonian Institution, will be supplemented with material from the SHSMO Rolla Research Center, Missouri S&T Archives, and the U.S. Army Engineer Museum. The exhibit and talks will explore the war's lasting impact and far-reaching influence on American life.

Claire McCaskill Visits Mid-Missouri to Kick Off Lecture Series

KRCG–Former Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill's book tour brought her back to mid-Missouri Saturday.

McCaskill spoke at the State Historical Society of Missouri Center for Missouri Studies in Columbia as the first speaker in the My Missouri lecture series.

The series features prominent Missourians who will talk about their lives and how the state's history, people and culture...

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Trove of Historical Records Comin’ To Kansas City

Flatland–The State Historical Society of Missouri has announced receipt of a $250,000 lead gift toward relocating and expanding a research center at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

The award comes from the Kansas City-based Miller Nichols Charitable Foundation. The money will assist in moving the Kansas City Research Center from Newcomb Hall to a new 5,100-square-foot spot in Miller Nichols Library.

At present, most of the research center’s...

Columbia, divided: A history of surviving, thriving through segregation

Columbia Missourian–Sehon Williams spent his childhood on the near north side of Columbia, running back and forth between unlocked homes where parents helped raise each other’s kids.

The kids played games on the neighborhood streets, walked to school every day and hung out at the local black churches.

“There was a camaraderie that has been lost,” said Williams, 97, a World War II veteran and former postal clerk in Columbia.

He shared stories about...

State Historical Society to host conversation about Sharp End, segregation in Columbia

Columbia Missourian–The State Historical Society of Missouri will host a conversation about life in segregated Columbia as a part of its African American Experience in Missouri lecture series.

A reception and talk will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Center for Missouri Studies, 605 Elm St. The reception will end at 6:30 p.m. It will be followed by the talk and a meet-and-greet.

Bill Thompson, local historian and former Columbia Parks and Recreation employee, will interview longtime resident Sehon Williams. They will talk about...