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Claire McCaskill Visits Mid-Missouri to Kick Off Lecture Series

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...

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Columbia, divided: A history of surviving, thriving through segregation

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...

State Historical Society to host conversation about Sharp End, segregation in Columbia

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...

Spirit of unity dominates grand opening of Center for Missouri Studies

Columbia Missourian—Every year, Aug. 10 marks the anniversary of Missouri’s entrance into the Union. This year, as noted by the society’s executive director Gary Kremer, the date bore even more significance, as it marked a transformational moment for the State Historical Society of Missouri and for residents hoping to learn more about the state.

“This is the first time in our history that we will occupy a building specifically designed and built for the State Historical Society in Missouri,” Kremer said. “That is a really good feeling.”

New Location Takes History Into the Future for State Historical Society

KBIA—The State Historical Society of Missouri houses the state’s largest collection of oral histories, newspapers dating back to the year 1808, 12,000 Civil War manuscript pages, and more than 30,000 pieces of artall adding up to more than 74 football fields worth of material, according to SHSMO.

Historical Society of Missouri to unveil new headquarters

Jefferson City News Tribune—The State Historical Society of Missouri will unveil its new headquarters Aug. 10 after operating in a small space in the University of Missouri's Ellis Library for more than 100 years.

"We needed a new, updated building so we can showcase the treasures of Missouri's history and showcase the art that we have here and have the environmental controls to preserve the history that we have here," Senior Associate Executive Director Gerald Hirsh said.

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...