The Center for Missouri Studies seeks to promote and disseminate scholarship about Missouri's past, including the interdisciplinary study of Missouri history and culture. This new initiative advances the Society's mission to collect, preserve, and publish the history of the Show-Me State and also prepares for the state's bicentennial celebration in 2021. The Society is the General Assembly of Missouri's designated lead institution to spearhead commemorations for Missouri's 200th year of statehood.
A history professor at Missouri Science and Technology University and a PhD candidate at Washington University in St. Louis have won the first two fellowships granted by the Center for Missouri Studies.
Patrick Huber, history professor at Missouri S&T in Rolla, has been awarded the Center's interdisciplinary studies fellowship for his proposal, "Remembering the Ste. Genevieve Race Riot of 1930: Historical Memory and the Expulsion of African Americans from a Small Missouri Town." A Ste. Genevieve native, Huber plans to examine a four-day disturbance, long shrouded in secrecy, in which vigilantes drove away most of the town's black residents, many of whom were recent arrivals recruited to work in local lime kilns and stone quarries.
Taylor Desloge, a graduate student in history and American culture studies at Washington University, receives the Center's fellowship in environmental history for his proposal, "'Jim Crow Is No Barrier': Housing, Tuberculosis and the 'New Public Health' Roots of Urban Renewal in Black St. Louis, 1920–1940." Desloge intends to study how urban and public health policies that began with good intentions later swerved into destructive outcomes due to factors such as interwar housing market pressures and the toxic influences of racial discrimination and segregation.Chosen from a pool of 35 applicants, Huber and Desloge will hold their fellowship appointments for the 2015 calendar year. Each will write a scholarly essay of 6,000 to 8,000 words for publication in the Missouri Historical Review, the quarterly journal of the State Historical Society of Missouri. Each will also make a public presentation of his work in 2015 at a date and Missouri location to be determined. The fellowship awards include stipends of $5,000.