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Black History Month

Black History Month

February 1-28, 2015

Follow the State Historical Society of Missouri on social media all month long for a celebration of the unique contributions that African Americans have made to the rich history of our state. Join us in remembering the personal struggles in slavery, the triumphs of courage in the civil rights movement, and the continued fight for social justice for all Americans. Find us on Facebook and Twitter.

Historic Missourians March Madness

Historic Missourians March Madness

March 1-31, 2015

Get caught up in history this March with matchups between some of your favorite Historic Missourians. Join in the fun by voting for your favorites on Facebook and by creating a tournament bracket in the formal competition! Download the bracket and pick your winners. Then email your selections to shsofmo@umsystem.edu by February 28. The highest-scoring bracket will win a T-shirt that showcases your love of history!

Newspapers: Finding Your Family in the Pages of History

Digital Newspapers Online

March 4, 2015

11:00 a.m.

Macon Public Library

Newspapers are the first draft of history. Their pages have preserved essential records of politics, local issues, events and people for hundreds of years. The interests and values of communities are often reflected in their newspapers, and newspapers in turn reflect the ways that communities have changed over time. This session will explore the joys and frustrations of searching historic digital newspaper content through online sources. It will also explore why digital is not always the answer.

Free and open to the public. No registration required.

Newspapers: Finding Your Family in the Pages of History

Digital Newspapers Online

March 4, 2015

2:00 p.m.

La Plata Public Library
103 E. Moore St., La Plata, Missouri, phone 660.332.4945

Newspapers are the first draft of history. Their pages have preserved essential records of politics, local issues, events and people for hundreds of years. The interests and values of communities are often reflected in their newspapers, and newspapers in turn reflect the ways that communities have changed over time. This session will explore the joys and frustrations of searching historic digital newspaper content through online sources. It will also explore why digital is not always the answer.

Free and open to the public. No registration required.

Missouri Conference on History

Missouri Conference on History

March 11-13, 2015

DoubleTree Hilton and Conference Center, Chesterfield, MO

The Missouri Conference on History brings together teachers of history and other professional historians to share in the presentation of new scholarship, to exchange information on teaching and curricula, and to consider ways to promote public interest in history and advance the welfare of the profession. All persons interested or involved in history education, historical research, historical preservation, or any other professional application of history are welcome. For more information, visit shs.umsystem.edu/mch or call the State Historical Society at 573.882.7083.

An Evening with Tom Engelhardt

An Evening with Tom Engelhardt

March 12, 2015

5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

DoubleTree Hilton and Conference Center, Chesterfield, MO

Four Turbulent Decades: A Cartoon History of America, 1962–2001 will be launched at the Missouri Conference on History. The book, published by the State Historical Society of Missouri, features works by Tom Engelhardt, longtime political cartoonist for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, selected from the State Historical Society collection by curator Joan Stack. This event includes an interview of Engelhardt by SHSMO trustee and recently retired Missourinet director Bob Priddy as well as a book signing. This event is free and open to the public. Those not registered for the MCH conference should register now at shs.umsystem.edu/mch/events/engelhardt. You may also contact SHSMO at 573.882.7083. RSVP is required.

Newspapers: Finding Your Family in the Pages of History

Digital Newspapers Online

March 17, 2015

6:00 p.m.

Scenic Regional Library, Warren County Branch

Newspapers are the first draft of history. Their pages have preserved essential records of politics, local issues, events and people for hundreds of years. The interests and values of communities are often reflected in their newspapers, and newspapers in turn reflect the ways that communities have changed over time. This session will explore the joys and frustrations of searching historic digital newspaper content through online sources. It will also explore why digital is not always the answer.

Free and open to the public. No registration required.

The Shifting Sociopolitical Meanings of George Caleb Bingham's Jolly Flatboatmen

George Caleb Bingham's Jolly Flatboatmen in Port

March 28, 2015

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

St. Louis Mercantile Library

Joan Stack, art curator at the State Historical Society of Missouri, examines the social, political, and economic implications of artist George Caleb Bingham's three "Jolly Flatboatmen" paintings by exploring how their imagery relates to academic precedents, political cartoons, and the "language" of dress in the nineteenth century. The three paintings, completed in 1846, 1857, and 1877, reflect the nation's changing sociopolitical culture from the 1840s to the era of Reconstruction. Tickets are $10 for Mercantile Library members or $12 for nonmembers. Please call 314.516.7248 to RSVP.

New Workshop: Discovering Your History Online

Discovering Your History Online

March 28, 2015

9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

St. Charles Community College

Join the St. Charles County Historical Society and the State Historical Society of Missouri on March 28 for a day of hands-on training that will open up a new world of resources for researching your family history—the Internet. Experts from around the state will guide you step by step in this computer-based workshop covering photographs, newspapers, and genealogy. Sessions are suitable for beginning to advanced genealogists, as well as those who want to learn how to maximize their time conducting online research. Spots are limited. To register for the fee-based workshop, contact the St. Charles County Historical Society at 636.946.9828 or contact@SCCHS.org.

World at War—Women at Work Reception

Discovering Your History Online

March 31, 2015

5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Research Center–Columbia

Celebrate Women's History Month with an evening of exploration into the changing roles of American women during World Wars I and II. Join experts from MU's Missouri Historic Costume and Textile Collection and the State Historical Society's art curator Joan Stack to see what may be learned from the period dress, the popular press, and political propaganda showcased in the World at War—Women at Work exhibition.

Newspapers: Finding Your Family in the Pages of History

Digital Newspapers Online

April 7, 2015

6:00 p.m.

Scenic Regional Library, Union Branch

Newspapers are the first draft of history. Their pages have preserved essential records of politics, local issues, events and people for hundreds of years. The interests and values of communities are often reflected in their newspapers, and newspapers in turn reflect the ways that communities have changed over time. This session will explore the joys and frustrations of searching historic digital newspaper content through online sources. It will also explore why digital is not always the answer.

Free and open to the public. No registration required.

National History Day in Missouri State Contest

National History Day in Missouri State Contest

April 25, 2015

University of Missouri–Columbia

Take part in the National History Day in Missouri state contest. Nearly 600 students will be in Columbia after advancing from regional contests across the state. Experience their creative documentaries, exhibits, papers, performances, and websites that explore this year's contest theme, "Leadership and Legacy in History." Top finishers will represent the Show-Me State at the Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest June 14–18 at the University of Maryland, College Park. National History Day in Missouri is sponsored by the State Historical Society of Missouri in partnership with the Missouri Humanities Council. Be part of the contest experience! Sign up to judge: http://www.nhdmo.org/judges.html.

Four Turbulent Decades: The Cartoons of Tom Engelhardt

Four Turbulent Decades: The Cartoons of Tom Engelhardt

May 9, 2015

1:30 p.m.

Research Center–Columbia

Join the State Historical Society of Missouri in celebrating Tom Engelhardt's artworks as well as his unique perspective on history. The longtime political cartoonist will offer insights into his career at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and share the stories behind some of his most evocative images including political cartoons that reflected the nation's feelings after the President Kennedy assassination and the 9/11 attacks.