Conflicting Perspectives: Commemoration of the 1815 Treaties of Peace and Friendship

In the summer of 1815, William Clark invited the Native American tribes in the Mississippi Valley and across Missouri to meet in Portage des Sioux, Missouri to sign treaties ending the War of 1812.  These pledged “Perpetual Peace and Friendship” between the tribes and the government of the U.S.  The War of 1812 and the treaties signed at Portage des Sioux had profound impacts upon the Native American who inhabited the region and upon the settlement of the region by Americans.  For American settlers, thousands of acres were opened; for Native Americans, the treaties were one in a series of treaties which made promises to the tribes that were later broken.

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Jesse James Farm & Museum Family Day to include A State Divided: the Civil War in Missouri Exhibit

The Jesse James Farm & Museum in Kearney, Missouri is presenting all kinds of fun and educational programming in support of the Missouri Humanities Council’s A State Divided: the Civil War in Missouri exhibit. This traveling exhibit, created through a partnership with the Missouri History Museum, covers all aspects of the Civil War in Missouri from the politics and battles of the Border War, slavery, the lives of soldiers, to the emancipation and reformation period. The exhibit opens on Saturday, April 18th and runs through June 14th, 2015.

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Free storytelling workshop for pre-school teachers

On Saturday May 2, 2015 (9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m), the Missouri Humanities Council will take part in the St. Louis Storytelling Festival for a fourth continuous year by hosting, “Storytelling for Preschool Teachers.” The workshop will be led by the talented storyteller and READ from the START discussion leader Annette Harrison. Annette Harrison’s energetic and interactive storytelling has made her one of the most popular storytellers in St. Louis for the last 36 years!

In this workshop, participants will learn how to create engaging storytelling experiences with children. Attendees will read and discuss four highly acclaimed children’s books, one being the very popular Goodnight St. Louis, by local writers Julie Desloge Dubray and June Arthur Herman. Annette will teach the fundamentals of storytelling and how to use them to make books come alive. Participants will take home books, storytelling experiences and useful handouts to enhance their classroom experience.

The workshop is open to preschool teachers, aspiring storytellers, preschool volunteers, parents, grandparents, or anyone else who is interested in learning the art of storytelling. The workshop will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Missouri Humanities Council, 543 Hanley Industrial Court, Suite 301, St. Louis, MO 63144. Pre-registration is required, call 314.781.9660. or email Space limited to 25 participants.

Six to be Honored at 2015 Missouri Humanities Awards Ceremony

The Missouri Humanities Council will honor six Missourians whose achievements have furthered the humanities at the 2015 Missouri Humanities Awards, Saturday, May 2, 2015, from 12-3 p.m. at the National World War I Museum in Kansas City, Missouri. The keynote speaker and award recipient will be Mr. Tom Bloch, President of the Endowment Fund for the Henry W. Bloch School of Management at the University of Missouri-Kansas City

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Missouri Humanities Council Announces Bidding Opportunity

The Missouri Humanities Council (MHC) seeks exhibit design and build services for two (2) related exhibits to be featured across the state of Missouri.  The exhibits will both commemorate the 75th anniversary of the passage of the Nonpartisan Selection of Judges Court Plan, which is more commonly known as The Missouri Plan.  The exhibits will be featured across the state in courthouses, libraries, and other public venues.

To view the Request for Proposal, click here.  For questions related to the RFP, please contact Sean Grove, Director of Education, at