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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.

[Presentation Videos from past events are available at the following location:
Missouri State Archives Presentation Videos.]




Missouri Bicentennial Photograph Drive Finale Event in Springfield 

Sunday, Feb. 24, 2024, from 12 to 6 p.m.




Help the Missouri State Archives preserve the Show-Me State’s 200+ year history by submitting images to the Missouri Bicentennial Photograph Drive. This effort, started back in 2021, is now concluding with four public imaging events, the fourth of which will take place on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2024, at The Library Center, 4653 S. Campbell Ave., Springfield, MO 65810.

Drop by anytime between 12 p.m. and 6 p.m. and Missouri State Archives staff will assist with identifying and scanning your photographs, slides and/or negatives that fit into one (or more) of the four Missouri Bicentennial Photograph Drive focus areas:

  • Cultural activities occurring in Missouri
  • Events of note in Missouri history
  • Famous and (not so) famous Missourians
  • Important natural or manmade Missouri sites

Event attendees submitting photographs will receive high resolution scans and maintain ownership of their physical prints, slides and/or negatives. 

For more information about this event or the Missouri Bicentennial Photograph Drive, visit

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Newspaper Woman of the Ozarks: The Life and Times of Lucile Morris Upton 

Thursday, March 21, 2024, @ 7 p.m.




Lucile Morris Upton landed her first newspaper job out West in the early 1920s, then returned home to spend half a century reporting on the Ozarks world she knew best. Having come of age just as women gained the right to vote, she took advantage of the opportunities that presented themselves in a changing world. During her years as a journalist, Upton rubbed shoulders with presidents, flew with aviation pioneer Wiley Post, covered the 20th century’s worst single killing of U.S. police officers, wrote an acclaimed book on the Bald Knobbers vigilante group, charted the growth of Ozarks tourism and spearheaded a movement to preserve iconic regional history sites. Following retirement from her newspaper career, she put her experience to good use as a community activist and member of the Springfield City Council. Told largely through Upton’s own words, Susan Croce Kelly’s insightful biography captures the excitement of front lines newsgathering in the days when the whole world depended on newspapers to learn of current events.

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