July 8, 2015
7:00 p.m. – 9:15 p.m.
Longtime St. Louis Post Dispatch political cartoonist Tom Engelhardt presents a retrospective look at his distinguished career and discusses many of his most evocative cartoons, which cover subjects ranging from the President Kennedy assassination to the 9/11 attacks. Engelhardt will also offer insight into the field of newspaper cartoons in the twentieth century. Join us from 7 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. at the Headquarters of the St. Louis County Library located at 1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, MO.
July 18, 2015
2 – 4 p.m.
Join two authors with Missouri roots 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.
Steve Wiegenstein will read highlights from This Old World, which was recently announced as a finalist for the M. M. Bennetts Award for Historical Fiction. Set in the utopian town of Daybreak, the novel depicts a troubled community deeply changed by the American Civil War. As the characters write the next chapter of their story, the men and women struggle with leadership, lust, and their own flawed humanity. Steve Yates also explores the aftermath of the Civil War in The Teeth of the Souls, which tells the double life and love story of Leighton Shea Morkan. Leighton's affection for his childhood confidante and former slave, Judith, endures despite his marriage to another woman. A sequel to Morkan's Quarry, the novel follows Springfield through a triple lynching on Easter 1906.
August 6, 2015
4:45– 8 p.m.
Take advantage of the opportunity to linger among SHSMO's historical records and research collections on this evening of extended hours. The Research Center–Columbia will be open until 8 p.m. for patrons to conduct research.
August 7 – 8, 2015
Join SHSMO in Columbia at the annual gathering of family history researchers. Expand your horizons in the sessions, visit with staff members in the exhibit hall, and network with other genealogists, all under one roof. For details, visit www.mosga.org.
August 29, 2015
The bison, bears, hawks, and bluebirds depicted by John James Audubon each have a story beyond what is found in the book of original prints by the artist, The Birds of America (1827–1838) and The Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America (1845–1848), which are the foundation of this exhibition. Perhaps the most poignant is that of a pair of passenger pigeons, members of a species that became extinct in 1914. Join SHSMO on August 29 as art curator Joan Stack brings Audubon's spectacular hand-colored engravings and lithographs to life though these treasured works.
October 17, 2015
Save the date of Saturday, October 17, 2015, for the State Historical Society of Missouri's Annual Meeting in Columbia. William E. (Bill) Foley, professor emeritus of history at the University of Central Missouri, and attorney and historian Jo Ann Trogdon will present a program on the multifaceted William Clark, best known for teaming with Meriwether Lewis to lead the Corps of Discovery on its expedition to the Pacific coast. Visit http://shs.umsystem.edu/annualmeeting, for details.