March 1-31, 2015
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!
March 28, 2015
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Joan Stack, art curator at the State Historical Society of Missouri, examines the social, political, and economic implications of artist George Caleb Bingham's three "Jolly Flatboatmen" paintings by exploring how their imagery relates to academic precedents, political cartoons, and the "language" of dress in the nineteenth century. The three paintings, completed in 1846, 1857, and 1877, reflect the nation's changing sociopolitical culture from the 1840s to the era of Reconstruction. Tickets are $10 for Mercantile Library members or $12 for nonmembers. Please call 314.516.7248 to RSVP.
March 28, 2015
9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Join the St. Charles County Historical Society and the State Historical Society of Missouri on March 28 for a day of hands-on training that will open up a new world of resources for researching your family history—the Internet. Experts from around the state will guide you step by step in this computer-based workshop covering photographs, newspapers, and genealogy. Sessions are suitable for beginning to advanced genealogists, as well as those who want to learn how to maximize their time conducting online research. Spots are limited. To register for the fee-based workshop, contact the St. Charles County Historical Society at 636.946.9828 or contact@SCCHS.org.
March 31, 2015
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Celebrate Women's History Month with an evening of exploration into the changing roles of American women during World Wars I and II. Join experts from MU's Missouri Historic Costume and Textile Collection and the State Historical Society's art curator Joan Stack to see what may be learned from the period dress, the popular press, and political propaganda showcased in the World at War—Women at Work exhibition.
April 7, 2015
Newspapers are the first draft of history. Their pages have preserved essential records of politics, local issues, events and people for hundreds of years. The interests and values of communities are often reflected in their newspapers, and newspapers in turn reflect the ways that communities have changed over time. This session will explore the joys and frustrations of searching historic digital newspaper content through online sources. It will also explore why digital is not always the answer.
Free and open to the public. No registration required.
April 25, 2015
University of Missouri–Columbia
Take part in the National History Day in Missouri state contest. Nearly 600 students will be in Columbia after advancing from regional contests across the state. Experience their creative documentaries, exhibits, papers, performances, and websites that explore this year's contest theme, "Leadership and Legacy in History." Top finishers will represent the Show-Me State at the Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest June 14–18 at the University of Maryland, College Park. National History Day in Missouri is sponsored by the State Historical Society of Missouri in partnership with the Missouri Humanities Council. Be part of the contest experience! Sign up to judge: http://www.nhdmo.org/judges.html.
May 9, 2015
Join the State Historical Society of Missouri in celebrating Tom Engelhardt's artworks as well as his unique perspective on history. The longtime political cartoonist will offer insights into his career at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and share the stories behind some of his most evocative images including political cartoons that reflected the nation's feelings after the President Kennedy assassination and the 9/11 attacks.