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Upcoming Speaker Series Presentations

The Thursday Evening Speaker Series is free of charge and open to the public. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Unless otherwise noted, programs will be held at the Missouri State Archives, located at 600 W. Main Street in Jefferson City. The series is underwritten by the Friends of the Missouri State Archives.

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Shoes Older than the Pyramids

Thursday, March 26, 2020, 7 p.m. (POSTPONED)


Photo Courtesy of the Missouri Archaeological Society.

The Arnold Research Cave, overlooking the Missouri River in southeast Callaway County, has been dry for thousands of years, making it the perfect potential location for evidence of prehistoric habitation. With these conditions, archaeological excavators in the 1950s, and later the 1980s, found remaining artifacts made of perishable materials, such as netting, twined bags and clothing, including—perhaps of the greatest popular interest—the world’s oldest open-toed sandal. In Shoes Older than the Pyramids, Dr. Candace Sall, Associate Curator of the University of Missouri’s Museum of Anthropology, will provide details on many of the artifacts found in the cave, including 35 individual shoes made of rattlesnake master, a plant native to the Show-Me State. The items unearthed at the site range in age from 800 to 9,000 years, with the earliest shoes dating back 8,000 years, making them some of the oldest articles of clothing ever found in North America. Join us as Dr. Sall discusses these artifacts, providing a fascinating glimpse into the lives of Missouri’s prehistoric peoples.



St. Louis Browns: The Story of a Beloved Team

Thursday, April 30, 2020, 7 p.m. (POSTPONED)


As we all know, St. Louis is one of the best baseball towns in America, but the city's major league history is not exclusive to the Cardinals. For several decades, until the middle of the 20th century, St. Louis fielded a second professional team. True, it was mostly a losing team, but it once featured a first baseman who hit .400, a legendary Negro League star and a pitcher who would go on to throw a perfect game in the World Series (though for another team). They were the St. Louis Browns—the forerunners of the current Baltimore Orioles and a part of the rich baseball history in St. Louis. In their book, St. Louis Browns: The Story of a Beloved Team, authors and members of the St. Louis Browns Historical Society Bill Borst, Bill Rogers and Ed Wheatley chronicle the team's history not only for fans who remember the Browns but for later generations as well. Join us as Ed Wheatley shares the story of this remarkable team’s 52-year history in St. Louis.