Missouri Conference on History > 50th

The University of Missouri Memorial Union, site of the first Missouri Conference on History in 1959

The 50th Annual Missouri
Conference on History

April 2 – 4, 2008

Hosted by The State Historical Society of Missouri with generous support from the University of Missouri Office of the Provost, Brian L. Foster

Welcome to the 50th Annual Missouri Conference on History!

Perhaps it is significant that the fiftieth Missouri Conference on History places the gathering on the very same April dates as the first meeting in 1959. Held in the Memorial Student Union on the University of Missouri campus, the opening conference was a collaborative effort, “open to all history teachers throughout the State,” with high hopes to return annually “if enough interest is shown.”

Fortunately, the conference has proved a valued tradition throughout the history community, serving its original purpose to “acquaint teachers with recent developments in historical research, stimulate reflection on the nature of history, and establish personal contacts between historians.” Surely this last goal has the greatest meaning at the half-century mark with the involvement of three distinguished scholars who attended the first conference and serve our 2008 meeting as honorary co-presidents: Richard S. Kirkendall, Perry McCandless, and William E. Parrish.

On behalf of the City of Columbia, the University of Missouri, The State Historical Society of Missouri, and the Conference Steering Committee, welcome to the 2008 Missouri Conference on History! I trust you will enjoy a rich academic and rewarding collegial experience.

Best Wishes,

Gary R. Kremer
Executive Director
The State Historical Society of Missouri

Honorary Presidents
Richard S. Kirkendall, University of Washington
Perry McCandless, University of Central Missouri
William E. Parrish, Mississippi State University

2007-2008 Steering Committee
Gary R. Kremer, The State Historical Society of Missouri, secretary/treasurer
Diane Mutti Burke, University of Missouri-Kansas City
Louis Gerteis, University of Missouri-St. Louis
Patrick Huber, Missouri University of Science & Technology
Stephen McIntyre, Missouri State University
Joel Rhodes, Southeast Missouri State University
Kim Schreck, Washington University

Sponsors
Lincoln University of Missouri, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Missouri Southern State University, Social Science Department
Missouri State University, Department of History
Missouri State University Special Collections and Archives, Ozarks Labor Union Archives
Missouri University of Science & Technology, Department of History and Political Science
Office of Secretary of State, Missouri State Archives
The State Historical Society of Missouri
Southeast Missouri State University, Department of History
Truman State University, Department of History
University of Central Missouri, Department of History and Anthropology
University of Missouri, Department of History
University of Missouri-Kansas City, Department of History
University of Missouri-St. Louis, Department of History

Contributing Vendors
Friends of the Missouri State Archives
The State Historical Society of Missouri
Truman State University Press
University of Missouri Press
University Press of Kansas
The Wilson Group

Contributing Advertisers
St. Louis Mercantile Library at the University of Missouri-St. Louis

Special Contributors
Stephen L. McIntyre, Missouri State University
Kim Schreck, Washington University