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African American Experience in Missouri Lecture Series: Colin Gordon

October 22, 6:00 p.m. Light Reception, 6:30 p.m. Lecture, 7:30 p.m. Book Signing

Stotler Lounge, Memorial Student Union, University of Missouri

In his path-breaking book Mapping Decline: St. Louis and the Fate of the American City, Colin Gordon combined GIS digital mapping techniques with extensive archival research to reach new perspectives on St. Louis’s decades-long struggles with depopulation, segregation, economic disparity, and urban decay. His current research continues to probe for deeper understanding of the underlying issues and failed policies behind urban crises such as the turmoil in Ferguson after Michael Brown was shot and killed by local police on August 9, 2014.

The event, which is free and open to the public, begins at 6:00 p.m. in Stotler Lounge within the Memorial Student Union on the University of Missouri’s Columbia campus. Free parking is available in University Avenue Garage. American Sign Language interpretation will be provided at this lecture. If you need special accommodations to ensure accessibility, please contact SHSMO at 573.882.7083 or contact@shsmo.org.

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Sponsored by SHSMO; the University of Missouri’s Division of Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity; and the Missouri Humanities Council.

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National History Day Performance Workshop

October 25, 4:30–6 p.m.

Media Center, Gentry Middle School

Competing in the National History Day performance category? This FREE workshop is for you! What makes a good performance? How do you deliver dramatic dialogue? How do you incorporate your research effectively? Actors and educators Mark and Tracy Wegman will take us through the steps of delivering an impactful NHD performance, and you will leave ready to take the stage. We look forward to welcoming teachers and students to this informative and interactive session!

Sponsored by the Missouri State Archives

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Cape Girardeau Research Center Open House

October 26, 4:30–6:30 p.m.

Cape Girardeau Research Center

Join us at the Cape Girardeau Research Center to learn more about local collections as well as how SHSMO can assist with everything from your genealogical research to classroom assignments. Tours will be offered from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. with brief remarks at 5:30 p.m. Onsite parking is available at the Pacific Hall building, which houses the Cape center, and directly across Pacific Street. Online registration is appreciated but not required.

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Educator Workshop: Using Digital and Material Collections in Your Classroom

November 2, 9 a.m.–12 p.m.

Rolla Research Center

This workshop is designed for educators who are intrigued by the idea of using Missouri's primary sources in their classroom but are not sure where to start. SHSMO senior archivist Kathleen Seale and Maggie Mayhan, National History Day in Missouri coordinator, will provide tips for finding effective resources within SHSMO's vast collections—without leaving your school. Please RSVP for this free session. Attendees will be offered a parking pass. To guarantee parking pass delivery, please register prior to October 25. This event will be held in Room 202 at the Missouri University of Science and Technology's Curtis Laws Wilson Library, which houses SHSMO's Rolla center.

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Your Missouri Story: Finding Your History and Helping Write It through the Bicentennial

November 2, 1:30 p.m.

Friedens Peace United Church of Christ

The State Historical Society of Missouri has been entrusted to collect, preserve, and share the state’s history since 1898, giving a voice to the people who helped build this country. Join SHSMO senior archivist Claire P. Marks to learn tips to help you discover your history within the Society’s vast collection. Then SHSMO’s bicentennial coordinator Michael Sweeney will discuss what plans are in place for celebrating Missouri’s 200th birthday on August 10, 2021. SHSMO is committed to coordinating a yearlong, statewide celebration that brings together rural and urban communities in projects, programs, and events contributing to a better understanding of the state and its complex heritage.

Hosted by the Boone Duden Historical Society

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The Unsinkable Molly Brown

An Afternoon with Molly Brown

November 2, 4:00 p.m.

Monett Branch, Barry Lawrence Library

Join the State Historical Society of Missouri and the Monett Public Library to learn more about “The Unsinkable Molly Brown.” Margaret Tobin Brown will be portrayed by SHSMO’s Erin Smither. The program will describe Brown’s childhood in Missouri, her journey from rags to riches, her tale of survival aboard the Titanic, and her passion for the women’s suffrage movement. You can also find out more about Brown through her Historic Missourians biography.

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Cape Girardeau County Historical Society Autumn Banquet

November 4, 6 p.m.

Jackson Civic Center

Join SHSMO's associate director William R. Eddleman for his keynote address at the Cape Girardeau County Historical Society Autumn Banquet. Eddleman will share insights into early Cape County history, including details about two of Cape's founding families, the Lorimiers and Rodneys. A $35 registration is required. Contact the Cape Girardeau County Historical Society for details at 573.979.5170.

Little House Family Day

Family Day: Little House Life

November 5, 1–4 p.m.

Columbia Research Center

Join SHSMO for a fun afternoon of prairie life activities! Kids will hear stories about Laura Ingalls Wilder’s childhood and have a chance to participate in a variety of crafts organized by Sarah Poff, founder of Poff’s Portable Programs. Kids can churn their own butter, make rag dolls, design marble pouches, and more. They will have the opportunity to experience pioneer life in a fun, hands-on way!

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Educator Workshop: Using Digital and Material Collections in Your Classroom

November 9, 9 a.m.–12 p.m.

St. Louis Research Center

This workshop is designed for educators who are intrigued by the idea of using Missouri's primary sources in their classroom but are not sure where to start. SHSMO senior archivist Claire P. Marks and Maggie Mayhan, National History Day in Missouri coordinator, will provide tips for finding effective resources within SHSMO's vast collections—without leaving your school. Please RSVP for this free session. Attendees will be offered a parking pass. To guarantee parking pass delivery, please register prior to November 1. This event will be held in Instruction Room 315 at the University of Missouri–St. Louis's Thomas Jefferson Library, which houses SHSMO's St. Louis center.

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Unrestricted Warfare: The 1916–1917 Springfield Streetcar Strike

November 10, 2:00 p.m.

The Library Station–Springfield-Greene County Library, Santa Fe Room

Join SHSMO’s Erin Smither for a closer look at the Springfield, Missouri streetcar strike of 1916–1917. This talk will examine the causes of the strike, the ways protesters benefited from community support, and the kidnapping and murder that influenced the demonstration’s outcome. This program is free and open to the public. For more information, contact grcomohs@yahoo.com.

Sponsored by the Greene County Historical Society

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National History Day Exhibit Workshop

November 29, 4:30–6 p.m.

Media Center, Gentry Middle School

Join Dr. Linda Endersby from MU’s Museum of Art and Archaeology for this FREE workshop! You will learn how to create an effective National History Day exhibit and discover professional skillsets needed to successfully showcase your research. We look forward to welcoming teachers and students to this exciting session!

Sponsored by the Missouri State Archives

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