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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.

SHSMO Celebrates its 125 Year History

The State Historical Society of Missouri will be celebrating its 125th anniversary with a public program Tuesday., March 14, noon- 1 p.m. at the Center for Missouri Studies, 605 Elm, Columbia. Founded in May 1898 by the Missouri Press Association and established as a trustee of the state a year later, the State Historical Society is the premiere organization that collects, preserves and shares Missouri history.

SHSMO Announces Missouri Fellowship Opportunities

The State Historical Society of Missouri is seeking proposals for two Center for Missouri Studies fellowships to begin January 1, 2024. Each fellowship carries a stipend of $5,000 for a project that results in the completion of a 6,000 to 8,000-word scholarly essay on one of the two topics listed below. The deadline for submitting proposals is Sept. 5, 2023, and the competition is open to both academic and independent scholars.

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State Historical Society of Missouri Awarded Federal Grant to Increase Access to Congressional Papers

The National Historical Publications and Records Commission has awarded the State Historical Society of Missouri a grant to organize, describe, and make available four collections of Missouri congressional papers, including U.S. Representatives Dewey Short and Bill Emerson and U.S. Senators John Danforth and Thomas Eagleton. Archivists will process over 918 cubic feet of papers, electronic records, photographs, and audio-visual materials.

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.