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Field Trip Boot Camp

Field Trip Boot Camp

September 10, 2015

4:30–7:30 p.m.

Harry S. Truman Library and Museum

The State Historical Society of Missouri is excited to join the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum at their Field Trip Boot Camp, an exclusive evening celebrating educators and providing them with information to help them take their troops (students) into the field for some of the most engaging and memorable educational experiences around. Registration $5 online; $8 at the door. Visit the Truman Library's website for details.

MU Art-i-Fact Gallery and Museum Crawl

MU Art-i-Fact Gallery and Museum Crawl

September 17, 2015

4–7 p.m.

Research Center–Columbia

Spend an evening visiting MU galleries and museums while enjoying music, snacks, and art. Famous works by George Caleb Bingham and Thomas Hart Benton will be on display at SHSMO as well as two exhibitions, Four Turbulent Decades: The Cartoons of Tom Engelhardt and Audubon’s Paper Menageries: Birds and Quadrupeds. This event is sponsored by Art-i-Fact, a consortium of University of Missouri organizations where art, science, and culture are open for exploration.

Explore History. Explore Opportunity.

Explore History. Explore Opportunity.

September 17, 2015

6:30–8 p.m.

Columbia Public Library, Children's Program Room

Join us for an evening of films, exhibits, and stories. See how students uncovered history and put their own stamp on it by being part of National History Day in Missouri, and learn how you can produce a documentary, exhibit, paper, performance, or website that can take you to the competition at the University of Missouri or even to nationals near Washington DC!

Introduction to Oral History

Introduction to Oral History

September 23, 2015

5:30–7:30 p.m.

Research Center–Columbia

Move beyond personal papers and official records to discover the unique encounters with the past that oral history can provide. Working with SHSMO oral historian Jeff D. Corrigan, you will learn the fundamentals of taking oral history projects from initial idea to finished product. The workshop will focus on the pre-interview, interview, and post-interview phases, including planning, drafting questions, using proper equipment, and more. Please feel free to bring a brown bag dinner. Contact Corrigan to register by phone at 573.882.0417 or by email at corriganj@umsystem.edu.

Museum Day

Museum Day

September 26, 2015

1–3 p.m.

MU’s Museum of Art and Archaeology, Columbia

Celebrate the annual Smithsonian Museum Day with a family event hosted by MU’s Museum of Art and Archaeology at its new home in Mizzou North. Numerous interactive experiences will be provided by local cultural institutions. Families can learn more about their community and the arts all in one place! Begin the adventure at 1:00 p.m. at Mizzou North, 115 Business Loop 70 West, Columbia.

Your Genealogy, Your History

Your Genealogy, Your History

September 26, 2015

10 a.m. –12 p.m.

East Hills Library, St. Joseph

This free workshop sponsored by the State Historical Society of Missouri and the Northwest Missouri Genealogical Society will provide an introduction to SHSMO and its holdings on Missouri’s northwestern counties. Attendees will also learn about useful physical and electronic resources found at other Missouri repositories and participate in a discussion about the relationship between genealogy and local history. This class is suitable for beginning to advanced genealogists, as well as those who want to learn more about their family’s place in history. It will be held at the East Hills Library at 502 N. Woodbine Road in St. Joseph. Registration is encouraged by September 18, but not required. Contact the Northwest Missouri Genealogical Society library at 816.233.0524 or email admin@nwmogenealogy.com to secure your spot.

Best Practices in History Education Conference

Best Practices in History Education Conference

September 28–29, 2015

Gateway Conference Center, St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank

Visit with State Historical Society of Missouri staff and discuss ways SHSMO and the National History Day in Missouri program may be incorporated into your classroom at the tenth annual Best Practices in History Education Conference hosted by the Missouri Council for History Education and the Illinois Council for History Education.

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 http://shs.umsystem.edu/annualmeeting.

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 corriganj@umsystem.edu.

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.