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Uniquely Columbia – The State Historical Society of Missouri

February 22, 2013

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Fans of history have no trouble finding great spots to explore here in Columbia. One place to absolutely not miss is a hidden gem on the University of Missouri campus, the State Historical Society (SHS) of Missouri. Nestled into Ellis Library, the SHS is the premier center for research and study when it comes to the history of our state.

The SHS is home to beautiful displays of Missouri art, including one of the largest George Caleb Bingham collections and Thomas Hart Benton works. Many other Missouri artists, both past and present, also are well represented.

Also ready to be explored are a variety of collections.

The Manuscript Collection
-Began acquiring through members of the Missouri Press Association in 1898.

-One of the earliest and most significant acquisitions is the Thomas Adams Smith (1781-1844), Papers.

-In 1943 the Western Historical Manuscript Collection (WHMC) was created at the University of Missouri with the aid of a Rockefeller Foundation Grant.

-In 1963 with SHSMO and WHMC manuscript holdings were combined creating a joint collection.

The Newspaper Collection 

-Beginning with the July 26, 1808 issue of the St. Louis Missouri Gazette, the Society’s newspaper collection offers a wealth of information about the day-today lives of Missourians and the political, cultural, economic and religious events that have influenced them.

-Available in 1,270 bound volumes and on over forty-one million pages of microfilm

-Some 300 current newspapers, from every Missouri county are added to the collection each week.

Oral History Program 

-Since 1993, the SHSMO has had a full-time oral historian recording and transcribinghundreds of oral history interviews that preserve Missouri’s history, culture and heritage.

-The first project of the oral history program focused on artists from Missouri’s Bootheel region. Researchers collected oral history interviews and other recordings, which resulted in Art and Heritage of the Missouri Bootheel: A Resource
Guide.

-With over 4,000 interviews, the oral history program continues to actively produce and collect oral history interviews that represent Missouri’s culture and history. However, researchers will find our oral history collection reaches well beyond the Show-Me State’s borders.

Reference Collection 

-Houses resources ranging from family histories and printed minutes kept by local literary societies to Missouri official publications and scholarly monographs on the history of the state and the lives of its citizens.

-County and town histories, city directories, compiled cemetery records, and indexes to local records.

-Primary and secondary sources on many aspects of the state’s and the nation’s history and culture.

Take some time during your next visit to Columbia to dive into the exciting history of our state. It’s a great place to get lost in the past.

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Fall is FESTIVAL season in Columbia!

September 13, 2012

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This weekend kicks off the festival season with the 35th Annual Heritage Festival. This Saturday and Sunday, September 15th and 16th, head to Nifong Park to enjoy the traditions of the past. Listen, learn and see history as it comes alive.

 Enjoy entertainment including traditional and roots music, dancing and storytelling.

See artisans and tradesmen dressed in 19th century attire demonstrating their trades and selling their wares.

A large contemporary handmade craft area will also be featured along with Saturday evening ghost stories. While you are there you can also tour the Historic Maplewood Home and the Walters Boone County Historical Museum. Great food and beautiful park seating will make the Heritage Festival a family tradition!

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Columbia Side Trip – Arrow Rock

August 16, 2012

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Just a short 45 minute drive from Columbia is the village of Arrow Rock. The entire village is a designated National Historic Landmark and is full of friendly people, charming shops and fascinating historical attractions.

Arrow Rock Visitors Center

Start your day by checking out the visitors center and museum right on the edge of the village. Get visitor information and learn about the rich history of the era. Then head down the path into the village!

Now Entering: The Village of Arrow Rock

Just like that, you feel as though you’ve stepped back in time as you explore historic buildings and merchants including antiques and a country store. You can also use this handy walking tour map to help you find all the can’t miss stops.

Sit back, relax and enjoy the calm of this charming village.

If you’re in Arrow Rock in May-November, be sure to see if you can add a performance at the Lyceum Theatre to your agenda. The theatre is one of Missouri’s oldest professional regional theatres and professional actors, directors, designers and technicians from across the country take residence in Arrow Rock for several months to bring our audience outstanding musicals and plays. This year’s season included the Music Man and Camelot with To Kill a Mockingbird and Sanders Family Christmas still to come. Buy your tickets early, these shows sell out fast!

From musicals to drama, don’t miss out on the Lyceum.

Next time you’re in Columbia, escape for an afternoon and immerse yourself in history in Arrow Rock. It’s just a short drive to the past.

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