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Introduction to Oral History Workshop

Introduction to Oral History

June 16, 2015

10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Ozark Regional Library Fredericktown

Move beyond personal papers and official records and open up a treasure chest filled with firsthand experiences. Working with oral historian Jeff D. Corrigan, you will learn the fundamentals of developing oral history projects from initial idea to finished product. The workshop will focus on the pre-interview, interview, and post-interview phases, including planning, technology, drafting questions, and more.

The fee is $5.00 per person, which includes lunch. The program is sponsored by the Ozark Regional Library Fredericktown, Historic Madison County, and University of Missouri Extension Madison County. To register, call 573.783.3303 or email klineju@missouri.edu. The Ozark Regional Library Fredericktown is located at 115 S. Main Street, Fredericktown, MO 63645.

An Afternoon of Fiction Set in the Missouri Ozarks

An Afternoon of Fiction Set in the Missouri Ozarks

July 18, 2015

2 – 4 p.m.

Research Center–Columbia

Join two authors with Missouri roots for readings from their latest projects, followed by a discussion on writing with topics ranging from choosing historical fiction to literary license and historical accuracy.

Steve Wiegenstein will read highlights from This Old World, which was recently announced as a finalist for the M. M. Bennetts Award for Historical Fiction. Set in the utopian town of Daybreak, the novel depicts a troubled community deeply changed by the American Civil War. As the characters write the next chapter of their story, the men and women struggle with leadership, lust, and their own flawed humanity. Steve Yates also explores the aftermath of the Civil War in The Teeth of the Souls, which tells the double life and love story of Leighton Shea Morkan. Leighton's affection for his childhood confidante and former slave, Judith, endures despite his marriage to another woman. A sequel to Morkan's Quarry, the novel follows Springfield through a triple lynching on Easter 1906.

Evening Research Hours

Evening Research Hours

August 6, 2015

4:45– 8 p.m.

Research Center–Columbia

Take advantage of the opportunity to linger among SHSMO's historical records and research collections on this evening of extended hours. The Research Center–Columbia will be open until 8 p.m. for patrons to conduct research.

Missouri State Genealogical Association Conference

Missouri State Genealogical Association Conference

August 7 – 8, 2015

Stoney Creek Hotel and Conference Center

Join SHSMO in Columbia at the annual gathering of family history researchers. Expand your horizons in the sessions, visit with staff members in the exhibit hall, and network with other genealogists, all under one roof. For details, visit www.mosga.org.

Audubon's Paper Menageries: Birds and Quadrupeds Walk-Through

Audubon's Paper Menageries: Birds and Quadrupeds Walk-Through

August 29, 2015

1:30 p.m.

Research Center–Columbia

The bison, bears, hawks, and bluebirds depicted by John James Audubon each have a story beyond what is found in the book of original prints by the artist, The Birds of America (1827–1838) and The Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America (1845–1848), which are the foundation of this exhibition. Perhaps the most poignant is that of a pair of passenger pigeons, members of a species that became extinct in 1914. Join SHSMO on August 29 as art curator Joan Stack brings Audubon's spectacular hand-colored engravings and lithographs to life though these treasured works.

2015 Annual Meeting

2015 Annual Meeting

October 17, 2015

The Broadway Columbia

Save the date of Saturday, October 17, 2015, for the State Historical Society of Missouri's Annual Meeting in Columbia. William E. (Bill) Foley, professor emeritus of history at the University of Central Missouri, and attorney and historian Jo Ann Trogdon will present a program on the multifaceted William Clark, best known for teaming with Meriwether Lewis to lead the Corps of Discovery on its expedition to the Pacific coast. Visit http://shs.umsystem.edu/annualmeeting, for details.