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Center for Missouri Studies Speaker Series and 2015 Annual Meeting

2015 Annual Meeting

October 17, 2015

The Broadway Columbia

Attend the inaugural presentation in the Center for Missouri Studies Speaker Series! The featured program on the little-known, perhaps dubious activities of William Clark before he set out for the Pacific Northwest with the Corps of Discovery will shed new light on the life of one of America’s most celebrated explorers. Register now online or by phone at 573.882.7083 for the luncheon. All other events are free. Don’t miss the 11:00 a.m. business meeting, which will include a presentation of highlights from the past year made possible by contributions from members of SHSMO. For more details, visit

Introduction to Oral History

Introduction to Oral History

November 2, 2015

9 a.m. –12 p.m.

Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum, Independence

If you are unable to attend the September workshop in Columbia, make sure you save the date of November 2 for this session at the Truman Library at 500 West US Highway 24 in Independence. Contact SHSMO oral historian Jeff D. Corrigan to register by phone at 573.882.0417 or by email at

Thomas Hart Benton’s American Mythologies

Thomas Hart Benton’s American Mythologies

November 6, 2015

4–8 p.m.

Crisp Museum, Cape Girardeau

The State Historical Society of Missouri is partnering with Southeast Missouri State University's Crisp Museum to offer the Thomas Hart Benton’s American Mythologies exhibition free of charge in southeast Missouri. Join SHSMO art curator Joan Stack at the opening reception to explore the popular history of the nineteenth- and twentieth-century Midwest and West in this display of Benton’s vast landscapes, scenes of mighty rivers, and bigger-than-life characters whose legends remain in the American psyche. Take in the exhibition at the Crisp Museum, 518 S. Fountain Street, Cape Girardeau.

Politics in the Age of Term Limits and Other Turmoil

Politics in the Age of Term Limits and Other Turmoil

November 12, 2015

10:30 a.m.

Missouri History Museum, St. Louis

P. Wayne Goode Jr. and Bob Priddy each spent more than 40 years working in the Missouri capitol. Goode helped shape the Show-Me State as a legislator, while Priddy ensured government transparency as the dean of Missouri political reporters. Through a public exchange they will share behind-the-scenes stories that reveal how the Missouri we know today came to be, illuminating the state’s politics as they have unfolded from the 1960s to the present.