Black History Month

Black History Month

February 1–28

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 experience of slavery, the triumphs of courage during the civil rights movement, and the continued fight for social justice for all Americans. Find us on Facebook and Twitter through the home page.

Reporting on Historic Black Columbia: The Sharp End District and Douglas Neighborhood

Sharp End

February 15, 5:30 p.m.

Research Center–Columbia

Unaware of Columbia's "Sharp End," a once-thriving black business district, Columbia Daily Tribune reporter Rudi Keller began delving into its history upon learning the district would be honored with a historic marker. In six weeks he documented numerous personal stories of both struggle and triumph in the segregated community, which was a city within a city from roughly 1910 to 1961. During this talk in SHSMO's main gallery, Keller will share what he has learned, including tips for conducting substantive historical research on a tight deadline and the importance of remembering the history of our communities.

Annual Day at the Capitol

Annual Day at the Capitol

March 1

Jefferson City

Join us for the 2016 Annual Day at the Capitol to learn more about how the innovative National History Day in Missouri program encourages students to explore history. Meet outstanding NHD students who will be on hand to showcase their original research projects and talk about their experiences. National History Day in Missouri is sponsored by SHSMO in partnership with the Missouri Humanities Council.

Missouri Conference on History

Missouri Conference on History

March 9-11

Courtyard by Marriott and Conference Center

The Missouri Conference on History brings together historians, teachers of history, and other history professionals to share in presentations of new scholarship and discussions of the field's challenges and opportunities. Anyone interested or involved in history education, historical research, historical preservation, or other professional applications of history is encouraged to attend. Paper, panel, and student poster proposals in all history fields are invited no later than December 15. The conference is particularly interested in proposals for complete sessions, including panelists, chair, and commentator. Attendees who are interested in serving as a session chair or commentator are also encouraged to respond. For additional information, please visit the Missouri Conference on History website.

Through the Lens: Visions of African American Experience

Through the Lens: Visions of African American Experience

March 19, 4:00 p.m.

Second Baptist Church, Kansas City

In his long career with The Call and as a freelance photographer, William L. Fambrough Sr. captured the people, places, and events of Kansas City and its African American community. Join SHSMO as Fambrough's son, William L. Fambrough Jr., describes how his father gained the nickname "One-Shot Fambrough" and earned the community's trust while capturing thousands of images that are indispensable to understanding Kansas City's history. The event will be at the Second Baptist Church, 3620 East 39th Street, Kansas City. Take advantage of the opportunity to see the exhibition Through the Lens: Visions of African American Experience, currently on display at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. The show, which includes Fambrough's work, is a collaboration between SHSMO, Nelson-Atkins, and the Black Archives of Mid-America.

The African American Experience in Missouri Lecture Series
#SayHerName: Black Women and State Violence in the Case of Missouri v. Celia, A Slave

African American Experience Series

March 23, Reception 6 p.m. | Lecture 7 p.m. | Book Signing 8 p.m.

Jesse Auditorium, Jesse Hall, University of Missouri

Continue exploring Missouri's past with Martha S. Jones, author of "All Bound Up Together": The Woman Question in African-American Public Culture, 1830-1900. She will share the powerful and tragic story of Celia, who was purchased by a local man in Callaway County and suffered tremendously for years before she stood up for her basic human right to decide her own fate. In addition to her own scholarship, Jones is also the co-director of the University of Michigan Law Program in Race, Law, and History as well as the Celia Project, which generates new research on the history of sexual violence, women, and slavery.

A collaboration of the State Historical Society of Missouri's Center for Missouri Studies and the University of Missouri's Division of Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity