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History on Elm Explores Sci Fi Fandom in Missouri

The March 14 History on Elm series will boldly go on a journey featuring one of SHSMO's unique collections. A.J. Medlock, coordinator of the St. Louis Research Center, presents a brief history of science fiction fandom in Missouri. Attendees will learn about the evolution of this unique Missouri sub-culture, chronicling the formation of the Ozark Science Fiction Association in St. Louis to the Archon, one of the longest-running science fiction and fantasy conventions in Missouri.

New and Notable Art Exhibition Opens

New and Notable: A Selection of SHSMO Acquisitions from Recent Years presents a small portion of the hundreds of new artworks that the State Historical Society of Missouri has recently collected. As the Society celebrates its 125th birthday, this exhibition illustrates the institution’s ongoing commitment to acquire a wide variety of artworks that help to preserve the cultural heritage of the Show-Me State.

Former U.S. Senator Roy Blunt to Lead State Historical Society of Missouri

The State Historical Society of Missouri board of trustees has elected recently retired U.S. Senator Roy Blunt of Springfield as president of the State Historical Society for a three-year term. The former senior U.S. Senator from Missouri has served as a trustee of the Society since 2005. Blunt’s term as president follows that of Virginia Laas, a professor emerita of history at Missouri Southern State University in Joplin. Laas will continue to serve as a trustee of the Society.

History on Elm

A new series of free programs will be held at noon on the second Tuesday of each month at the State Historical Society of Missouri. The program series History on Elm launches January 10 with SHSMO Art Curator Joan Stack, who will present “Ten Missouri Works That Help Us Understand Our History.” Stack will provide visual examples and discuss the importance of such works as George Caleb Bingham's "Order No. 11" and the influence of artist Rose O'Neill who lived in the Missouri Ozarks for parts of her adult life and was active in the suffragist movement.

Thomas Hart Benton Lithographs on Exhibition in Joplin; Curator Talk on Feb. 25

The complete collection of 91 Thomas Hart Benton Editioned Lithographs will be on exhibition at the George A. Spiva Center for the Arts as part of the opening celebration of the Harry M. Arts & Entertainment Cornell Complex in Joplin November 12, noon to 5 p.m. Visitors can see the exhibition, on loan from the State Historical Society of Missouri, until March 5, 2023. 

Film Screening Featuring 100th Anniversary T. S. Eliot’s “The Wasteland”

Students, scholars and the mid-Missouri community will come together Nov. 3 to celebrate the centennial of T. S. Eliot’s poem The Waste Land. Born and raised in St. Louis, Eliot went on to become an international literary figure and Nobel Prize winner. One hundred years after the publication of his most famous poem, a new BBC documentary reveals the secret love story behind his poem of personal anguish and alienation.

Author Larry Gragg to Explore Impacts of Desegregation in Missouri Higher Education

The State Historical Society of Missouri announces that Larry Gragg, author and Professor Emeritus of History at Missouri University of Science and Technology, will be presenting a program that examines the impacts of desegregation in Missouri higher education on Wednesday, November 2, 6 p.m., at the Center for Missouri Studies, 605 Elm Street, Columbia.