Annual Meeting

Center for Missouri Studies Speaker Series and 2015 Annual Meeting

Join us on October 17 for the inaugural presentation in the Center for Missouri Studies Speaker Series at this year’s annual meeting!


When attorney and historian Jo Ann Trogdon first read William Clark’s notebook detailing his journey in 1798 from Ohio to New Orleans, she knew she was on to something. She spent the next several years delving into Clark’s little-known and perhaps unsavory activities before he embarked for the Pacific Northwest with the Corps of Discovery in 1804.

Years of extensive research culminated in Trogdon’s book, The Unknown Travels and Dubious Pursuits of William Clark, published by the University of Missouri Press. To help analyze the whispered stories in Clark’s past, William E. (Bill) Foley, professor emeritus of history at the University of Central Missouri and a Clark biographer, will join Trogdon for a discussion that is sure to leave attendees questioning the life and legacy of one of America’s most celebrated explorers.

The program is a fitting topic for the Center for Missouri Studies Speaker Series as the catalyst for Trogdon’s investigation, Clark’s notebook with his personal notes and a map of the Mississippi River, has been in the State Historical Society of Missouri’s collections since 1928 (C1075).


Registration is now open for the luncheon online or by phone at 573.882.7083. Please reserve a place for yourself and additional attendees by October 9 for the luncheon: $35 members, $40 nonmembers. No refunds will be issued for cancellations made after that date. All other events are free and open to the public. RSVPs for the 1 p.m. program are appreciated, but not required.


10 a.m. Silent Auction and Wine Raffle Opens
Benefiting the James W. Goodrich Graduate Research Assistantship, National History Day in Missouri, and the Oral History Program
Wine raffle sponsored by Les Bourgeois

11 a.m. Annual Report and Business Meeting
Including the presentation of the Book, Article, and Dissertation Awards

12 p.m. Luncheon – Registration Required
Beginning with the presentation of the Distinguished Service Award

1 p.m. Center for Missouri Studies Speaker Series Presentation
Featuring William Clark scholars William E. (Bill) Foley and Jo Ann Trogdon


The Broadway Columbia, a Double Tree by Hilton Hotel
1111 East Broadway, Columbia, Missouri
573.875.7000 | f 573.875.7007

Rooms are available starting at $109 per night; contact the hotel for details or visit the SHSMO room block page. The cutoff date is September 15.