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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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R.L.Y. Peyton: An American Journey, 1824–1863 (Facebook Live Event)

Thursday, August 20, 2020, 7 p.m. on Facebook Live ( 


R.L.Y. (Lud) Peyton's journey from obscurity to the national stage and then to oblivion, is as unlikely as it is incredible. Born into the Cavalier Virginia gentry, Lud's family migrated to Oxford, Ohio, while he was still young. He there attended Miami University before earning a law degree from the University of Virginia. Peyton moved west in search of professional opportunity, for 10 years practicing frontier law in Harrisonville, Missouri. Then, inflamed by the Kansas–Nebraska Act, which effectively repealed the Missouri Compromise, he exploded onto the political stage in 1854. Representing western Missouri in the state senate, Peyton helped trigger the secession crisis and later served as a Senator in the Confederate States Congress until 1863, when he died of malaria in Alabama. Lud Peyton's journey is uniquely American, his life magnifying both Missouri's and the country's turbulent antebellum history. Join us on Facebook Live as author Tom Rafiner details the life of this fascinating and little known politician.



Missouri's Suffragist Movement: A Special Program Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment's Ratification (Facebook Live Event)

Wednesday, August 26, 2020, 7 p.m. on Facebook Live ( 


From Virginia Minor’s landmark 1875 case before the United States Supreme Court, to marches and protests epitomized by the Golden Lane demonstration in St. Louis before the 1916 Democratic National Convention, to acts of civil disobedience leading to jail time, Missouri women played a pivotal role in the fight for women’s suffrage. Fittingly, after the adoption of the 19th Amendment on Aug. 26, 1920, it was also in Missouri that the League of Women Voters was born. Join us for a special program on Facebook Live from Lincoln University’s Dr. Debra Greene commemorating the 100th anniversary of the amendment’s ratification, in which she will highlight many of these important milestones in Missouri’s—and the nation’s—history.