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Our Missouri Podcast Explores Gang-related Crime Wave in the Summer of 1933

Bonnie and Clyde, Pretty Boy Floyd, and the Barrow Gang spread terror across the country, including Missouri, during the Great Depression years. Mayhem from the outlaws gripped several large and small communities in the state during the summer of 1933 and is explored in the podcast series Our Missouri, produced by the State Historical Society of Missouri.

Missouri Students Honored at National History Day Contest in Maryland

Missouri students took home multiple awards and a bronze medal at the 2023 National History Day contest in College Park, MD, June 10-15. During the 2022-23 school year, over a half million students globally completed projects around the theme, Frontiers in History: People, Ideas and Events. Over 2,600 students, including 59 Missouri students, competed at the National Contest. A student team from Oak Grove High School near Kansas City was also selected to be part of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History exhibit showcase.

SHSMO Remembers: Ron F. Richard, 1947-2023

The Board of Trustees, staff and members of The State Historical Society of Missouri are saddened at the passing of one of our most ardent supporters, as well as one of Missouri’s most prominent modern-day public servants. Senator Ron Richard, of Joplin, was instrumental in the effort to build the Society’s Center for Missouri Studies in Columbia. He was a current member of our Board of Trustees and served as co-chair of the Missouri Bicentennial Commission.

History on Elm Travels Route 66

The next History on Elm series at the State Historical Society of Missouri will tour Route 66 and highlight plans to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the “Mother Road” in 2026. Kathleen Seele, coordinator of the SHSMO Rolla and Springfield Research Centers, will talk about the collection’s initiative for Route 66 and how Missourians can be involved in the historic centennial celebration. Seale’s presentation will be held on Tuesday, June 13, noon- 1 p.m. at the Center for Missouri Studies, 605 Elm St., Columbia.

1974 Ozark Music Festival Documentary Screening at Center for Missouri Studies

The public is invited to a film screening about the largest music festival held in Missouri almost 50 years ago. Two screenings of the film, “The Story of the Ozark Music Festival: Three Days of Sodom and Gomorrah in Sedalia, Missouri,” will be shown at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., Friday, June 9, at the Center for Missouri Studies in Columbia. The free public event is sponsored by the State Historical Society of Missouri.

Author Gary Scharnhorst to Speak on Mark Twain as a Social Satirist at Center for Missouri Studies

Gary Scharnhorst, author of The Life of Mark Twain in 3 volumes, will discuss Twain as a social satirist throughout his career, from the short story “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” to his indictment of imperialism at the turn into the twentieth century. The talk is open to the public and will be held June 8, 1 p.m., at the Center for Missouri studies in Columbia. Scharnhorst’s epic and authoritative biography of Samuel Clemens not only offers new insights but also corrects several myths about America’s greatest writer.

National History Day in Missouri Award Winners 2023 State Contest Announced

Sixty-three middle and high school students from across the state received top rankings in the National History Day contest in Missouri on April 22 on the campus of the University of Missouri-Columbia. First and second place winners will compete in the national contest June 11-15 at the University of Maryland, College Park. The theme for this year’s contest is Frontiers in History: People, Places, Ideas.

Archival Project to Improve Access to Congressional Papers including those of William L. Hungate who presided over 1983 St. Louis Desegregation Case

Former U.S. Senator Roy Blunt, who recently became president of the State Historical Society of Missouri board of trustees, will provide opening remarks at a public reception on May 9 highlighting a new congressional archival project to be funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. The public reception will be held at 4 p.m. at University of Missouri-St. Louis Millennium Student Center in Rm. 312-A. The address is 17 Arnold Grobman Dr., St. Louis.