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State Historical Society moves collection into new building

KOMU—The State Historical Society of Missouri (SHSMO) is moving all of their archival material into their new building over the course of the summer. The collection has been housed in the basement of Ellis Library on the MU Campus for 121 years. The new building at 6th and Elm is tailor made to be the new home of the archives.

While the building has been in the works for a decade, just planning how the staff will move all of the material into the new building has taken...

Southeast Missouri men fought the Battle of the Sinkhole

Southeast Missourian—Oftentimes we hear that the Battle of New Orleans was the last battle of the War of 1812, fought on Jan. 8, 1815, after the signing of the Treaty of Ghent. However, Southeast Missouri men fought a later battle on May 24, 1815: the Battle of the Sinkhole.

During the conflict, the primary threat to Americans was not the British, but their allies the Sauk, Fox, Potawatomi, Miami, Ioway and some other American Indians. Beginning in 1812, raiders attacked isolated cabins and...

Thank you Our Missouri listeners

Last fall, Our Missouri podcast debuted with Bob Priddy talking about the art of the Missouri State Capitol Building. Now, eight months, 18 episodes and almost 3,500 downloads later, Season 1 of the podcast closes with Amahia Mallea, telling us about the complex environmental history of the Missouri River. Along the way, listeners have explored all corners of the state from Kansas City and the Missouri River Valley to the Governor's Mansion, the Ozarks, and the Land of Big Red Apples.

World War II casualty: Arthur Clayton Vandivort

Southeast Missourian—The men and women who served and lived during World War II are passing away each day. What they left behind are photographs, letters, diaries and oral histories of a nation's sacrifice. Factories were retrofitted for war production, and citizens endured food and gas rations, while enthusiastically supporting war bond drives. The Vandivort family of Cape Girardeau had two sons who enlisted, Arthur Clayton and William Soresby. One made the ultimate sacrifice in defending our nation.

“A Trial by Fire Process”: Digital Archiving at the State Historical Society of Missouri

bloggERS!—Interviewee Senior Archivist Elizabeth Engel serves at the Columbia Research Center on the University of Missouri campus. Elizabeth’s entry into the archival field was due partly to happenstance. After enrolling in the University of Iowa’s (UI) School of Information Science, Elizabeth expected to work in public libraries—especially because she had worked in similar settings during her high school and college years. However, she seized upon an opportunity to complete a work-study assignment at the...

Trans World Airlines Collections Document Kansas City’s Place in Aviation History

Missouri holds a significant place in aviation history, not least because of the longtime presence within the state of Trans World Airlines (TWA). Long headquartered in Kansas City, TWA once planned to build its primary hub there, but after many years of disagreement with the local authorities, the airline giant instead established its operations center at St. Louis Lambert International Airport while moving its corporate headquarters to New York. In 1992, TWA filed its first of three bankruptcies and moved the headquarters to St. Louis.