59th Annual
Missouri Conference on History
and Midwest Regional Meeting of Phi Alpha Theta

Register

Join us for the fifty-ninth annual Missouri Conference on History March 22–24 at the University Plaza Hotel in Springfield. The conference brings together scholars, teachers, and other professional historians to share in the presentation of research, to exchange information on teaching and curriculum, to consider ways to promote the welfare of the profession and general interest in history, and to discuss other concerns common to all historians.

The cost of 2017 registration includes:

The awards luncheon on Friday is not included in the registration fee.

Registrations made after March 15 do not guarantee meals at the keynote or the award luncheons.

All presenters and participants must register for the conference. Submission of the registration form is a commitment to attend the conference, and reimbursement will not be issued for cancellations. Another member of your organization is welcome in your place if circumstances necessitate.

Online registration is now closed. Registration will be available at the door on March 22, however, meals are not guaranteed.

If you have questions or need more information, contact the State Historical Society of Missouri at mch@shsmo.org or 573.882.7083.

Events

Welcome Reception

Wednesday, March 22, 2017, 5:30–7:30 p.m.

History Museum on the Square

Sponsored by the State Historical Society of Missouri

Cost is free to MCH conference attendees; RSVP is requested.

Join us at the History Museum on the Square to kick of the fifty-ninth annual Missouri Conference on History! While you are in Springfield, be sure to explore the current exhibitions on display, including an exhibit exploring Greene County's role in World War I. For more information, visit http://historymuseumonthesquare.org/.

Transportation to the History Museum on the Square

City parking is located within a block of the museum and is free after 5 p.m. There will also be a shuttle taking attendees from the University Plaza Hotel starting at 5 p.m. and ending at 8 p.m.

Keynote Luncheon

Thursday, March 23, 2017, 12:00–1:30 p.m.

University Plaza Hotel and Convention Center

Sponsored by the Missouri Humanities Council

Cost is free to MCH conference attendees; RSVP is required.

Network with other professionals in the field of history and hear from distinguished historian, professor, and author Conevery Bolton Valencius, PhD. Currently a professor of history at Boston College, Valencius will present The Lost History of the New Madrid Earthquakes, which explores the impact and continuing scientific importance of the great nineteenth-century quakes in the Mississippi Valley.

The Ozark Jubilee: A Live, Nationally Broadcast 1950s TV Program from Springfield, Missouri

Thursday, March 23, 2017, 5:30–7:00 p.m.

University Plaza Hotel and Convention Center

Sponsored by Missouri State University's Ozark Studies Institute

Cost is free to Missouri Conference on History conference attendees. The public is invited to attend. RSVP is required. Those not registered for the conference should register online or call SHSMO at 573.882.7083.

Join Tom Peters, MSU Dean of Library Services; Wayne Glenn, local historian and radio host; and Kaitlyn McConnell, founder of the popular Ozarks Alive blog, for a viewing and discussion of an episode of The Ozark Jubilee. Learn about the show's meaning and significance for Missouri, the Ozarks region, and the growth and development of both country and western music and network television variety shows.

Awards Luncheon

Friday, March 24, 2017, 12:00–1:30 p.m.

University Plaza Hotel and Convention Center

Cost is $30. RSVP is required.

Join the Missouri Conference on History in celebrating exceptional scholarship on the Show-Me state. For more details on specific awards, visit the awards page.

Hotel

The fifty-ninth annual Missouri Conference on History will be held at the University Plaza Hotel in Springfield. To receive the conference rate, which starts at $99.00/night, reserve online through this link or call the hotel directly at 417.864.7333 and ask for the "Missouri Conference on History" rate. The deadline for booking a room at the conference rate is February 20, 2017.

Future Conferences

Past Conferences

Conference Number Dates Location Host(s) Program (pdf)
58 March 9-11, 2016 Columbia The State Historical Society of Missouri 2016 Program
57 March 11-13, 2015 Chesterfield University of Missouri-St. Louis Department of History 2015 Program
56 March 17-18, 2014 Jefferson City Missouri State Archives 2014 Program
55 March 21-22, 2013 Cape Girardeau Southeast Missouri State University Department of History 2013 Program
54 March 29-30, 2012 Columbia The State Historical Society of Missouri and the University of Missouri-Columbia Department of History 2012 Program
53 April 14-15, 2011 Kansas City University of Missouri-Kansas City Department of History 2011 Program
52 April 14-16, 2010 Jefferson City Missouri State Archives and Missouri Museums Association 2010 Program
51 April 15-17, 2009 Springfield Missouri State University History Department 2009 Program
50 April 2-4, 2008 Columbia The State Historical Society of Missouri 2008 Program
49 April 19-20, 2007 St. Louis University of Missouri-St. Louis Department of History 2007 Program
48 March 30-31, 2006 Sedalia Central Missouri State University, State Fair Community College, and National Archives Central Plains Region Not Available
47 April 14-15, 2005 Maryville Northwest Missouri State University Department of History, Humanities, Philosophy and Political Science Not Available