Events, Workshops, and Public Programs

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...

Missouri Conference on History Call for Papers

The sixty-second annual Missouri Conference on History, hosted by Lindenwood University and sponsored by the State Historical Society of Missouri, will be held March 11-13, 2020, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel St. Louis-Chesterfield.

Paper, panel, and student poster proposals in all fields of history, including public history and historic preservation, are invited. The conference is particularly interested in proposals for complete sessions, including panelists, chair, and commentator.

‘Miracle on Elm Street’ Opens New Era for State Historical Society

The Center for Missouri Studies opened in grand style on August 10 with ceremonies and celebrations attended by about 1,200 supporters of the State Historical Society of Missouri. On a day chosen to coincide with the 198th anniversary of Missouri statehood, crowds witnessed elegant speeches and a ribbon cutting before pouring through the Center’s south front doors for the public’s first look at SHSMO’s new headquarters.

2nd Annual CARTER Center for K-12 Black History Education Conference: Teaching Slavery and Its Afterlife

The State Historical Society of Missouri is pleased to sponsor the 2nd annual CARTER Center for K-12 Black History Education Conference on July 26-27 at Muriel W. Battle High School in Columbia, Mo. The program is designed for K-12 educators, community educators, and persons interested in the learning and teaching of black history. Workshops will focus on the conference's theme, 400 Years and Counting: Teaching Slavery and Its Afterlife.

Show Me Missouri Speakers' Bureau Upcoming Events

The State Historical Society of Missouri and the Missouri Humanities Council jointly presents the Show Me Missouri Speakers' Bureau, with historians, storytellers, authors, and other experts who share special stories about our state's culture, history, art and people. Be sure to catch these events in July around the state. The events are free and open to the public.