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.

Virginia Laas Elected President of the State Historical Society of Missouri

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.”