At the Annual Meeting on November 2, trustees elected Virginia J. Laas as president of the State Historical Society of Missouri. Laas, of Joplin, is the second woman to serve as the Society’s president. The first was newspaper publisher Avis Tucker, who was president from 1992 to 1995.
“I have watched this organization take giant leaps forward over the past 24 years,” said Laas. “Just like the Apollo 11 moon landing that we celebrated on its golden anniversary in July, we, too, have moved heaven and earth to be where we are today.”
A special traveling exhibit and several talks marking the United States' entry into World War I will be presented at the Curtis Laws Wilson Library on the Missouri University of Science and Technology campus in Rolla during the month of November. Displays of photographs, documents, and other items from the Smithsonian Institution, will be supplemented with material from the SHSMO Rolla Research Center, Missouri S&T Archives, and the U.S. Army Engineer Museum. The exhibit and talks will explore the war's lasting impact and far-reaching influence on American life.
KRCG–Former Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill's book tour brought her back to mid-Missouri Saturday.
McCaskill spoke at the State Historical Society of Missouri Center for Missouri Studies in Columbia as the first speaker in the My Missouri lecture series.
The series features prominent Missourians who will talk about their lives and how the state's history, people and culture...
Flatland–The State Historical Society of Missouri has announced receipt of a $250,000 lead gift toward relocating and expanding a research center at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
The award comes from the Kansas City-based Miller Nichols Charitable Foundation. The money will assist in moving the Kansas City Research Center from Newcomb Hall to a new 5,100-square-foot spot in Miller Nichols Library.
At present, most of the research center’s...
Columbia Missourian–Sehon Williams spent his childhood on the near north side of Columbia, running back and forth between unlocked homes where parents helped raise each other’s kids.
The kids played games on the neighborhood streets, walked to school every day and hung out at the local black churches.
“There was a camaraderie that has been lost,” said Williams, 97, a World War II veteran and former postal clerk in Columbia.
He shared stories about...
Columbia Missourian–The State Historical Society of Missouri will host a conversation about life in segregated Columbia as a part of its African American Experience in Missouri lecture series.
A reception and talk will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Center for Missouri Studies, 605 Elm St. The reception will end at 6:30 p.m. It will be followed by the talk and a meet-and-greet.
Bill Thompson, local historian and former Columbia Parks and Recreation employee, will interview longtime resident Sehon Williams. They will talk about...
Join us on November 2 for a talk by Claire McCaskill, former US senator who served as the top-ranking Democrat on the Homeland Security Committee and a senior member of the Armed Services Committee. Before she was elected to the Senate in 2006, McCaskill was Missouri's state auditor and served as Jackson County prosecutor.