March 1-31, 2014
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 firstname.lastname@example.org by February 28. The highest-scoring bracket will win a T-shirt that showcases your love of history! Find us on Facebook through shs.umsystem.edu.
March 13, 2014
5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Memorial Union’s Stotler Lounge III, University of Missouri-Columbia campus (5 p.m. – 6 p.m.)
Research Center-Columbia (6 p.m. – 8 p.m.)
This event honoring those who have served in the armed forces will capture your senses as authors read excerpts from Proud to Be: Writing by American Warriors, a two-volume anthology of essays, fiction, poetry, and interviews by and about veterans and their families. Tours of the MU Veterans Center will be available, and a book signing and reception at the Research Center-Columbia will feature artifacts from the military collections as well as the Year of Peril series of World War II paintings by Thomas Hart Benton.
The evening is cosponsored by SHSMO and the MU Veterans Center, in partnership with the Missouri Humanities Council (MHC), Southeast Missouri State University Press, Warrior Arts Alliance, and MU Army ROTC. The first fifty veterans at the signing will receive a free copy of the book thanks to the MHC.
Download the event flyer and invite your friends. Show you are Proud to Be: Celebrating Veterans!
March 17 - 18, 2014
(Please note this is a Monday and Tuesday.)
Capitol Plaza Hotel, Jefferson City
The Missouri Conference on History will provide a preview of keynote speaker Lea VanderVelde’s new book, Redemption Songs: Suing for Freedom before Dred Scott. VanderVelde, a law professor at the University of Iowa, has unearthed nearly 300 freedom suits brought by slaves in the St. Louis courts. Her book is scheduled for release in May from Oxford University Press. Join us at the luncheon on Monday, March 17, to be enlightened by her discoveries.
The 2014 conference, hosted by the Missouri State Archives, is sure to inspire with the presentation of new scholarship, information exchanges between colleagues, and exploration of new ways to promote public interest in history and the welfare of the history field as a profession. All persons interested or involved in the teaching of history, historical research, historical preservation, or any other professional application of history are welcome. Register by February 21 to receive the early rate of $45.00 at shs.umsystem.edu/mch.
March 18, 2014
Phelps County Courthouse 200 N. Main, Rolla
Join John Bradbury, assistant director of the Research Center-Rolla, at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 18, in the community room of the Phelps County Courthouse 200 N. Main, Rolla. He and Norbert Shacklette, a retired Union Pacific Railroad conductor, will present a free program on the Missouri Southern Railroad to the Phelps County Genealogical Society.
The Missouri Southern was a lumber line that ran from Leeper to Bunker, MO. It served the Bunker-Culler Lumber Company mills at Bunker as the firm cut and sawed the last great stand of virgin pine in southern Missouri. The line served the rural community in Reynolds and Wayne counties as a common carrier until it was abandoned in 1941.
All are welcome; contact the Phelps County Genealogical Society for details at email@example.com or 573.364.9597.
April 12, 2014
Join SHSMO and the Museum of Art and Archaeology (MAA) for an afternoon of activities celebrating the 125th birthday of Thomas Hart Benton, including a chance to “meet” him as MAA docent Gary Beahan answers questions in costume!
1 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. – Inspired by Benton: Kids Create and Curate! – At this fun family event kids ages five to twelve will create a special exhibition of cards celebrating Benton’s birthday. Dr. Joan Stack, SHSMO’s art curator, will provide a short tour of the new American Mythologies exhibit. Children will then make birthday cards inspired by the pieces on display. When finished, the kids will help design a temporary panel exhibit showcasing them in the Society’s Corridor Gallery. The event is free, but space is limited. Register by contacting SHSMO at 573.882.7083 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
3 p.m. - 4 p.m. – Happy Birthday Mr. Benton! – Join in the celebration of this Missouri artist’s life and work by learning more about his impact on the history of American art. Curator Dr. Joan Stack will enlighten us with the stories behind the new exhibition American Mythologies. Attendees can wish “Benton” a happy 125th birthday while sharing cake and viewing the new temporary exhibit of cards inspired by Benton (see above).
April 26, 2014
University of Missouri—Columbia campus
Nearly 600 sixth- through twelfth-grade students from every corner of the state—St. Joseph to Cape Girardeau and Joplin to Kirksville—will converge on the University of Missouri campus for the National History Day in Missouri state contest. Advancing from nine regional contests, these top students will present their documentaries, exhibits, papers, performances, and websites that explore “Rights and Responsibilities in History.”
Finalists will serve as Missouri delegates to the national contest in June 15-19 at the University of Maryland-College Park. NHD in Missouri is sponsored by SHSMO, in partnership with the Missouri Humanities Council.
Help grow this innovative program by volunteering your time, sharing its mission with others, or giving a gift at nhdmo.org!
May 19, 2014
White River Valley Historical Society
SHSMO is taking workshops on the road in 2014 with help from your local organizations! Members in the Ozarks should save the date of May 19 for Introduction to Oral History. Working with Jeff D. Corrigan, the Society’s oral historian, you will learn the fundamentals of conducting oral history projects from initial idea through finished product. Contact the State Historical Society of Missouri at 573.882.7083 or email@example.com to ensure you receive more information as it becomes available.
June 16, 2014
1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Overwhelmed by your photograph collections and generations of family papers? The State Historical Society of Missouri’s Anne Cox, photograph specialist, and Laura Jolley, senior manuscript specialist, will provide an introduction to caring for your family’s tangible memories in this new workshop. Topics include collection management, organization and storage, description, basic preservation, and dealing with digital files.
This class is suitable for caretakers of historic photograph and manuscript collections, or those who want to learn how to best keep their contemporary records for future generations.
The session will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Excelsior Springs Museum & Archives at 101 East Broadway in Excelsior Springs, MO. Bring your questions for the Society's experts and your colleagues; a networking hour will follow from 4 to 5 p.m. Contact the Society to register by phone at 573.882.7083 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Cost is $5 for members and nonmembers.
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