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The 51st Annual Missouri Conference on History

Hosted by the
Missouri State University Department of History

April 15-17, 2009, in Springfield

University Plaza Hotel and Convention Center

Program

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Wednesday Evening

Welcome Reception

5:30-6:30 p.m., John Q. Room
Appetizers and Cash Bar


Thursday Morning

Continental Breakfast
8:00-10:00 a.m., Ballroom Lobby

Conference Registration
8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., Ballroom Lobby

Vendor Displays
8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Ballroom Lobby

Steering Committee Meeting
8:30-9:45 a.m., Lake of the Ozarks Room

10:00-11:30 a.m.

Teachers as Historians: Results from a Teaching American History Grant

Colorado A

Chair and Comments:

Virginia Laas, Missouri Southern State University

Papers:

“The Gold Rush and Northeast Missouri”
Carolyn Chrisman, Kirksville R-III
“Orphan Trains”
Nicky Carter, Carthage R-9

“Hometown History”
Joni Bollig, Appleton City R-1

For All We Call Mizzou: The University during the Nineteenth Century

Colorado B

Chair:

Diane Mutti Burke, University of Missouri-Kansas City

Papers:

“The Green Paper Trail: Slavery and the Founding of the University of Missouri”
Phyllis Williams, University of Missouri

“Measuring the Influences of the U.S. Civil War on the University of Missouri”
Joshua Sumner, University of Missouri

“The Black Rollinses: A Comparison of Their Lives Before and After Emancipation”
Kate Massman, University of Missouri

Comments:

Gary Cox, University of Missouri

Memorializing Missourians at War

Kansas A

Chair:

Robert Wiegers, Central Methodist University

Papers:

“Missouri Institutions Afloat: Higher Education and the Victory Ship Program”
Geoff Karhoff, Central Methodist University

“A Missouri World War I Memorial in Cheppy, France”
Haylie Loges, Central Methodist University

“The Last Missouri World War I Veteran and the Missouri National Guard Veteran History Program”
Will Tollerton, Museum of Missouri Military History

Comments:

Orval Henderson, Missouri Society of Military History

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11:45 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Luncheon

Illinois

Virginia Laas, Missouri Southern State University

“A Place on the Firing Line or in the Petticoat Brigade: Emily Newell Blair’s Search for Women’s Voice and Power in Politics”

Virginia Laas, Missouri Southern State University

Virginia J. Laas has long been a supporter of Missouri history studies and the Missouri Conference on History.

A professor at Missouri Southern State University for more than twenty years, Dr. Laas has twice served the conference as president, in addition to presenting numerous papers, providing comments, and chairing the proceedings of many sessions. She is a dedicated historian of nineteenth-century America and has published several books and articles such as Lincoln’s Lee: The Life of Samuel Phillips Lee with Dudley Cornish, which won the John Lymon Book Award from the North American Society for Oceanic History. Laas has also been awarded Missouri Southern’s Outstanding Teacher Award (1994) and “Missouri Professor of the Year” from The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching/Council for Advancement and Support of Education (2000).

Laas is currently working on a biography of Emily Newell Blair, a writer, suffragist, political leader, and southwest Missouri native.



Thursday Afternoon

1:15-2:45 p.m.

A Gendered Experience: The Incorporation of Women into the U.S. Armed Forces in the Twentieth Century

Colorado A

Chair and Comments:

Catherine Rymph, University of Missouri

Papers:

“A Gendered Disruption: The Women Air Force Service Pilots of World War II”
Sarah Myers, Missouri State University

“Soldiers in Skirts: Servicewomen in the Vietnam War Era”
Tanya L. Roth, Washington University

Records and Manuscript Collections in Southwest Missouri - Roundtable

Colorado B

Chair:

Teresa Hernandez, Springfield-Greene County Library District

Panelists:

David Richards, Missouri State University

Jeff Patrick, Wilsonís Creek National Battlefield

Linda Myers, Missouri State Archives

Brian Grubbs, Springfield-Greene County Library District

Early Modern Europe

Kansas A

Chair and Comments:

Charles Parker, St. Louis University

Papers:

“Chaumont-sur-Loire: A Case Study of the Effects of the Counter-Reformation on a Rural Parish”
Annie Adams, Missouri State University

“Rebellious Children: The Persecution of Netherlanders in the Spanish Inquisition”
Samantha Rohaus, Missouri State University

“English Perception of the Dutch and the Trade Depression of the 1620s”
Joel D. Benson, Northwest Missouri State University


2:45-3:00 p.m. Refreshments, Ballroom Lobby


3:00-4:30 p.m.

Images of Missouri in German Immigrant Guidebooks

Colorado A

Chair and Comments:

Walter D. Kamphoefner, Texas A&M University

Papers:

“Gottfried Dudenís Broken Dreams of a New Germania in Missouri”
Dorris Keeven-Franke, Independent Scholar

“Responsible Opposing Viewpoint: Gustav Körnerís Illumination of Gottfried Dudenís Report”
Michael W. Beatty, University of Missouri-St. Louis

“Luxembourgers and other Germans in Nodaway County, Missouri”
Robert W. Frizzell, Northwest Missouri State University

Medical History

Colorado B

Chair and Comments:

Thomas Dicke, Missouri State University

Papers:

“A New Perspective on Meriwether Lewisís Death”
Thomas C. Danisi, Independent Scholar

“The 1918-19 Spanish Influenza in Kansas City”
Susan Sykes Berry, University of Missouri-Kansas City

Modern Germany

Kansas A

Chair and Comments:

Bela Bodo, Missouri State University

Papers:

“Ein Ende zu der Ďverachtlichen Stellungí machen: The Role of Interest Groups in the Foundation of the German Colonial Empire”
Sean Wempe, Missouri State University

“Distorted Historiography: Changing Perceptions of German Resistance in Nazi Germany”
Martin Kalb, Northern Arizona University

“Rethinking Atomic Euphoria in Bavaria: Josef Baumgartnerís Campaign Against Munichís Atomic Research Reactor, 1953-1957”
Kyle Miller, University of Missouri


Thursday Evening

7:00 p.m.

Banquet and Keynote Address

Illinois

Kerby Miller, University of Missouri

“Irish” and “Scotch-Irish” in Ireland and America: Only “Two Traditions”?

Kerby Miller, University of Missouri

For more than twenty years, Kerby Miller has demonstrated excellence in teaching and scholarship. He has been named by the University of Missouri as the Curatorsí Professor (fall 2007) and the Middlebush Professor of History (2000-2003), awarded the William T. Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence in 1997, and given several student-determined awards for outstanding teaching and research by MU Greek and Panhellenic councils.

In 2002 Miller was visiting professor at Glucksman Ireland House, New York University, where he taught courses on Irish history and comparative Irish migration history. His national scholarly and teaching awards include appointment in 2002 as Distinguished Lecturer by the Organization of American Historians (OAH); the James S. Donnelly Prize for Irish Immigrants in the Land of Canaan; and the 1986 Merle Curti Award (best book in U.S. social history) from OAH and 1986 Theodore Saloutos Award (best book in U.S. immigration and ethnic history) from the Immigration History Society, both for Emigrants and Exiles, which also was a finalist for that yearís Pulitzer Prize.



Friday Morning

Continental Breakfast
7:00-8:30 a.m., Ballroom Lobby

Registration
8:00 a.m.-12:00 noon, Ballroom Lobby

Vendor Displays
8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Ballroom Lobby

8:30-10:00 a.m.

The Civil War and Reconstruction in Missouri

Colorado A

Chair and Comments:

Louis S. Gerteis, University of Missouri-St. Louis

Papers:

“William Carson: On Duty with the Missouri State Militia Cavalry”
Cherié L. Weible, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

“The Cup of Human Suffering: Reconstructing Missouri during the American Civil War”
Zachary S. Daughtrey, Southeast Missouri State University

Politics in the Postwar Era

Colorado B

Chair and Comments:

Thomas Gubbels, Lincoln University

Papers:

“Missouri National Recreational River: A New Approach to Federal River Management”
Daniel D. Spegel, University of Nebraska at Omaha

“íThis is Not a Cotton-Pickerís Dreamí: The National Commission on Constitutional Government and the Formation of the ĎNew Rightí”
Jeffrey D. Howison, Binghamton University

“American Press Reaction to the Death of Harry S. Truman”
Philip A. Grant Jr., Pace University

Exploiting the Land: The Agriculture and Timber Industries in Missouri and Arkansas

Kansas A

Chair and Comments:

David Benac, Southeastern Louisiana University

Papers:

“John Sliker Bilby: Platte Purchase Land Baron”
Michael Steiner, Northwest Missouri State University

“The T. J. Moss Tie Company”
Esther H. Bohnert, Southeast Missouri State University

“Struggling to Reconstruct the Past: The Three States Lumber Company”
Jami Forrester, University of Arkansas


10:00-10:30 a.m. Refreshments, Ballroom Lobby


10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

The Experience and Memory of War in the Twentieth Century

Colorado A

Chair and Comments:

William G. Piston, Missouri State University

Papers:

“My Brotherís Keeper: World War II Prisoners of War and the German and Italian Communities in Missouri”
Derek R. Mallett, Texas A&M University

“The Quantrill Reunions: The Border War in Missouri, Fifty Years On”
Jeremy Neely, Independent Scholar

“The Lie of Remembrance: Remembering World War One”
David Camerlinck, University of Missouri-Kansas City

Gender and History

Colorado B

Chair and Comments:

Kimberly Schreck, Washington University

Papers:

“Sex and Marriage between French and Quapaw Indians”
Sonia Toudji, University of Arkansas

“Aunt Fanny the Feminist: Frances Dana Gage and Womenís Rights in St. Louis”
Jeffrey Smith, Lindenwood University

“Girls Writing Region: Gender, Race, and Class in Kansas City, 1901-1920”
Henrietta Rix Wood, University of Missouri-Kansas City

Assessing Missouriís Historical Records - Roundtable

Kansas A

Chair:

John R. Dougan, State Archivist of Missouri
Deputy Coordinator, Missouri Historical Records Advisory Board

Panelists:

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

Robert P. Neumann, Director, Greene County Archives and Records Center

David E. Richards, Head, Special Collections & Archives, Missouri State University


Friday Afternoon

12:15-1:15 p.m.

Awards Lunch and Business Meeting

Illinois

2009 MCH Award for Best Book

presented by Thomas M. Spencer, Northwest Missouri State University

Selection Committee

Chair: Thomas M. Spencer, Northwest Missouri State University
Bela Bodo, Missouri State University
Jeremy Neely, Independent Scholar, South Greenfield, Missouri

Nominees

(See Awards)

2009 MCH Award for Best Article

presented by Antonio F. Holland, Lincoln University

Selection Committee

Chair: Antonio F. Holland, Lincoln University
Rhonda C. Chalfant, State Fair Community College
Patrick Huber, Missouri University of Science & Technology

Nominees

(See Awards)

2009 MCH Award for Best Graduate Student Paper

presented by Stephen L. McIntyre, Missouri State University

Selection Committee

Chair (non-voting): Stephen L. McIntyre, Missouri State University
John R. Dougan, Missouri State Archives
Robert W. Frizzell, Northwest Missouri State University
Kimberly Schreck, Washington University in St. Louis

Nominees

(See Awards)

1:30-3:00 p.m.

The Back Lot of War: Three Stories

Colorado A

Chair:

Gregory Edwards, Graceland University

Papers:

“Lighthouse Keeping: Drama at Inchon”
Lisa A. Hecht, University of Illinois

“The Purple Cross Society”
Paul Edwards, Graceland University

“Saga of the USS Lanikai”
Gregory Edwards, Graceland University

Comments:

Stan Adamiak, University of Central Oklahoma

German Immigrants in Antebellum Missouri

Colorado B

Chair and Comments:

Ken S. Mueller, Ivy Tech Community College

Papers:

“The Crisis of the Foreign Element: Benton Democrats and German Immigrants in Antebellum Missouri”
Mark Neels, University of Missouri-St. Louis

“The Saxons of Missouri: Faith and Immigration”
Lani Kirsch, University of Missouri-Kansas City

African History

Kansas A

Chair and Comments:

Jamaine Abidogun, Missouri State University

Papers:

“Setting the Stage: University Policies in Postcolonial Kenya, 1963-1978”
Michael M. Kithinji, University of Arkansas, Fort Smith

“‘Sexploiting the Starved’: Tourism and the Sojourns of Big Mama and Big Daddy in Kenya”
Hannington Ochwada, Missouri State University and Julie White, Centre College


3:00-3:15 p.m. Refreshments, Ballroom Lobby


3:15-4:45 p.m.

The State of Ozarks History - Roundtable

Colorado A

Chair:

Brooks Blevins, Missouri State University

Panelists:

Lynn Morrow, Missouri State Archives

Gordon McKinney, Berea College

Brooks Blevins, Missouri State University