Reynolds Alumni Center
700 Conley Ave
Please register yourself and additional attendees by October 1
for the luncheon: $35 members, $40 nonmembers.
The State Historical Society of Missouri’s (SHSMO) Annual Meeting will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 12, at the Reynolds Alumni Center in Columbia. All members and the public are invited. The meeting includes a review of the annual report and the election of trustees.
Howard Wight Marshall will present “Play Me Something Quick and Devilish”: Documenting and Conserving Missouri’s Traditional Fiddle Music at 1:00 p.m. The program is free and open to the public. Marshall is Professor Emeritus of Art History and Archaeology and former director of the Missouri Cultural Heritage Center at the University of Missouri (MU). He has nourished a not-so-secret passion for Missouri’s vivid heritage of “old-time” fiddle and dance music for many years.
At the Society’s Annual Meeting, Marshall will discuss themes in his new book, “Play Me Something Quick and Devilish”: Old-Time Fiddlers in Missouri and play examples of the music discussed. He will be accompanied by Missouri musicians Kenny Applebee of Mexico and John Williams of Madison.
After the presentation, Marshall will sign copies of his book, which will be available for purchase. Watch for registration details via mail, as it will open in September.
Howard Wight Marshall’s training (PhD, Folklore, Indiana University) and previous positions at the Library of Congress, Smithsonian, and other museums, and his publications reflect a lifelong interest in the nuances of daily life and grassroots history. While a student at the University of Missouri after military service in the late 1960s, Marshall recorded archaeological and architectural sites for the National Register as a part-time employee of the old Missouri State Park Board.
Marshall’s previous books include Folk Architecture in Little Dixie: A Regional Culture in Missouri (1981), Buckaroos in Paradise: Cowboy Life in Northern Nevada (1981), Missouri Artist Jesse Howard (1983), The German-American Experience in Missouri (with James Goodrich, 1983), Vernacular Architecture in Rural and Small Town Missouri (1984, available free on-line), Paradise Valley, Nevada: People and Buildings of an American Place (1995), and Barns of Missouri: Storehouses of History (2003).