Events


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

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National History Day in Missouri State Contest

National History Day in Missouri State Contest

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!

Introduction to Oral History

Looking ahead: Oral History Workshop in Forsyth, Missouri

May 19, 2014

9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

White River Valley Historical Society

Forsyth, Missouri

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 through the 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 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! The session will be held from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the White River Valley Historical Society at 297 Main Street in Forsyth, MO. A barbecue lunch from 12 to 1 p.m. is included in the $20.00 workshop fee. Contact the Society by May 14 to register by phone at 573.882.7083 or by email at shsofmo@umsystem.edu.

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Close-up: On Photographs and Family Papers

Proud to Be: Celebrating Veterans

June 16, 2014

1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Excelsior Springs Museum & Archives

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 shsofmo@umsystem.edu. Cost is $5 for members and nonmembers.

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