Press Release

Biographer of Jazz Musician Charlie Parker to Speak at Center for Missouri Studies

Author and Historian Chuck Haddix will present Early Bird: Charlie Parker’s Life and Music in Kansas City as part of the African-American Experience in Missouri lecture series. A reception, talk, and book signing will be held Tuesday, Nov. 19, at the Center for Missouri Studies, 605 Elm St., Columbia, Missouri. A reception will begin at 6 p.m., half an hour before Haddix’s presentation at 6:30 p.m. A book signing and meet-and-greet will follow the program at 7:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Former Joplin History Professor to Lead State Historical Society of Missouri

The State Historical Society of Missouri board of trustees has elected Virginia J. Laas of Joplin as president of the State Historical Society for a three-year term. The former Missouri Southern State University professor becomes the second woman to serve in the role of the Society’s president. The first woman elected to the highest position in the organization’s 121-year history was newspaper publisher Avis Tucker who served from 1992-1995.