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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.

Center for Missouri Studies Fellowships Awarded in 2020

The State Historical Society of Missouri will award two Center for Missouri Studies fellowships in 2020 to scholars studying Missouri’s early statehood period. One of the fellowship projects will examine Jesuit ties to slavery within the early state, while the other will analyze treaties with Native Americans concerning title to the land that became Missouri.

Today is #GivingTuesday

#GivingTuesday is an international day of philanthropy. Falling on the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving, it begins a period of charitable giving at the start of the holiday season.

Today, on #GivingTuesday, we invite you to support document conservation with a gift to the State Historical Society of Missouri's #GivingTuesday campaign.

Battle Lines: WWII Cartoons by Daniel Fitzpatrick Second Installment Opens with Curator Tour

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s two-time Pulitzer Prize–winning cartoonist, Daniel Fitzpatrick, chronicled the progression of WWII as it happened with powerful and poignant editorial cartoons. An exhibit displaying Fitzpatrick's WWII cartoons is on display at the Center for Missouri Studies art gallery. A second installment of the yearlong exhibition will open on Saturday, Dec. 7, with an art curator walk-through at 1:30 p.m. led by Dr. Joan Stack. The second installment focuses on examples made between December of 1941 and the spring of 1943. 

African-American Experience in Missouri Lecture Series Draws Large Audiences

Ninety-seven-year-old Sehon Williams remembers when his hometown of Columbia, Missouri, had segregated schools and businesses, and the hospitals were off-limits to African Americans. For many years the town had a vibrant black community—Sharp End—but desegregation and urban renewal efforts ironically led to its decline. In October, Williams shared personal stories about Columbia’s past in a public conversation with longtime Columbia civic leader Bill Thompson as part of the African-American Experience in Missouri Lecture Series.

Help SHSMO Raise $5,000 for Document Conservation this #GivingTuesday

The mission of the State Historical Society of Missouri is to preserve and share the legacy of Missouri history. The Society has been actively collecting historical and noteworthy materials for over 120 years. Six SHSMO research centers, located around the state, provide free access to these historical items. The collections at each center reflect the unique region they represent.

Former US Senator Claire McCaskill Delivers First My Missouri Lecture

The State Historical Society of Missouri launched the My Missouri Lecture Series on November 2 with a talk by former US Senator Claire McCaskill. The inaugural lecture, which also served as the keynote address for SHSMO’s Annual Meeting, highlighted the schedule of events for the first annual gathering held at the new Center for Missouri Studies building in Columbia.

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.