Events


All events are at the Society location in Columbia unless otherwise indicated.

Check out our current exhibits!

Introduction to Oral History

Introduction to Oral History

October 1, 2014

5:30 p.m.

Research Center-Columbia

Move beyond personal papers and official records and open up a treasure chest filled with firsthand experiences! Working with Jeff D. Corrigan, The State Historical Society of Missouri's oral historian, you will learn the fundamentals of conducting 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.

This class is suitable for individuals seeking to document family history as well as for organizations and individuals embarking on large-scale oral history projects. A series of audio question-and-answer examples from actual oral histories will be used to hone interviewing skills and provoke discussion!

This FREE session will be held at The State Historical Society of Missouri's Research Center–Columbia in the University of Missouri's Ellis Library. Please feel free to bring a brown bag dinner. Contact Jeff D. Corrigan to register by phone at 573.882.0417 or by email at corriganj@umsystem.edu.

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Missouri Library Association Conference

Missouri Library Association Conference

October 8-10, 2014

Holiday Inn Executive Center

Check in with SHSMO staff at the Missouri Library Association Conference. Learn about resources that could help advance your projects, such as interlibrary loan, the Missouri Digital Newspaper Project, and much more! The conference will be held in the Holiday Inn Executive Center at 2200 I-70 Drive SW in Columbia.

2014 Annual Meeting

2014 Annual Meeting

October 18, 2014

The Broadway Columbia

Join fellow members in guiding the mission of the Society forward, visiting with colleagues, and enjoying the featured program. Todd Kliman, the author of The Wild Vine: A Forgotten Grape and the Untold Story of American Wine, will lead attendees in a historical exploration of Norton, Missouri's state grape, which turned the world of fine wine upside down in 1873. For more details visit the Annual Meeting page

Trick or Treat through Missouri History

Trick or Treat through Missouri History

October 28, 2014

5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Research Center–Columbia

Come in costume to this fun and educational family event. Candy will be available, as well as crafts, activities, and information about topics such as Missouri ghosts, pumpkins, and bats. Brave visitors can also explore the Kid's Cave and the Ghostly Gallery and enjoy a tour guided by the "spirit" of Eliza Bingham, second wife of Missouri's famed painter George Caleb Bingham.

Art for a World at War Walk-Through

Art for a World at War Walk-Through

November 8, 2014

1:30 p.m.

Research Center–Columbia

Experience World War I through the eyes of artists! Join Joan Stack, curator of art collections, for a tour of the exhibition Art for a World at War: WWI Posters and Editorial Cartoons. See original wartime posters and editorial cartoons and learn how art reflected the hopes, fears, and patriotic devotion of Missourians. As a way to celebrate all US veterans, Society military artifacts from a variety of time periods will be on display at the event. The exhibit will run from October 14 to February 14, 2015.

An Evening of Fiction Set in Missouri

An Evening of Fiction Set in Missouri

November 13, 2014

7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Research Center–Columbia

Join two Missouri authors 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.

Catherine Underhill Fitzpatrick will read highlights from Going on Nine. Set in her hometown of St. Louis in 1956, the novel depicts a coming-of-age summer for Grace Townsend that leads her and the reader to new understandings of life, family, equality, and belonging. Fitzpatrick is also an award-winning journalist whose papers are in the Society's National Women and Media Collection.

Marlene Lee will read from Limestone Wall, a psychological novel due out in October that traces widow Evelyn Grant from New York to Jefferson City. Once in mid-Missouri, Evelyn is confronted by the wall of the Missouri State Penitentiary, where her mother has been imprisoned for 40 years. A former court reporter and educator, Lee is a SHSMO member and volunteer.

Looking Ahead
New Workshops: Turning Personal History into Marketable Fiction, Nonfiction, and Film

An Evening of Fiction Set in Missouri

December 8, 2014

Research Center–Columbia

Turning Personal History into Film - Explore a new avenue for telling your story–film! This workshop will be led by Brian Woodman, SHSMO film and video specialist at the Research Center–St. Louis. Woodman holds a PhD in film, cinema, and video studies. He will provide tips for taking your personal history from primary sources and papers to audiovisual works that resonate.

Turning Personal History into Marketable Fiction and Nonfiction - Glean wisdom from a panel of experts on how to take your project from concept to publication. Special guests will provide stories of firsthand experience with writing, editing, and publishing works for journals, academic presses, publishing houses, and more.

Watch for more information on here or call 573.882.083 for details.