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In the 1920s and ‘30s, "Boss Tom” Pendergast's political machine controlled Kansas City, giving the Paris of the Plains an infamous reputation for supporting illegal liquor, gambling and vice. Former Kansas City Mayor Kay Barnes will share stories of women who worked to stop the corruption, eventually ending years of machine rule in the city.
Women were an essential part of the campaign to recall the Pendergast-backed mayor and city council, even after the boss went to prison in 1939. Using the campaign slogan “ballots and brooms versus bosses and bullets,” women’s groups wore a pin shaped like a broom to show their support for non-Pendergast candidates.
Under the leadership of Ms. Claude Gorton, these groups became increasingly organized prior to the 1940 election, when their get-out-to-vote effort resulted in a defeat of the machine. Join us at the Missouri State Archives as former Mayor Kay Barnes discusses these “civic housekeepers” and their quest to sweep corruption from the city.
Karen K. Butler, associate curator, will discuss the exhibition From Picasso to Fontana—Collecting Modern and Postwar Art in the Eisendrath Years, 1960–1968.
Douglas Dowd, professor of art in the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, professor of American culture studies in Arts & Sciences and faculty director of the Modern Graphic History Library, will discuss the Teaching Gallery exhibition Parallel Modes: Illustrated Visual Journalism and American Photography, 1955–1980.
Historian and museum interpreter Henry Gensky will present the "Capitols of Missouri." The program will take visitors on a virtual journey through time and place to explore Missouri's current and previous capitol buildings.
The program continues the museum's ongoing series, "Museum After Hours," held the first Wednesday of each month. In addition to the program, the museum's galleries will be open until 9 p.m. The program will be held in the Missouri State Museum's History Hall, located in the east wing of the Missouri State Capitol.
Representatives from Missouri River Relief will discuss their grassroots efforts to connect people to the Missouri River through river clean-up, educational events and stewardship.
Come experience a night at the Missouri State Museum and enjoy a reflection of rural life in Missouri. Missouri Century Farms and historic barns will be discussed and celebrated. Missouri Barn Alliance and Rural Network president Bill Hart will give an update on current efforts and restoration needs in the state of Missouri.
Over the past four decades, State Historical Society of Missouri Executive Director Gary Kremer has written extensively about the African American experience in Missouri. Fourteen of his articles on the subject are now available in one place with the publication of Race and Meaning: The African American Experience in Missouri.
Kremer combines the articles into one detailed, chronological account that addresses issues such as the transition from slavery to freedom for African Americans in Missouri, all-black rural communities and the lives of African Americans seeking new opportunities in Missouri’s cities.
His talk at the Missouri State Archives will focus primarily on stories set in central Missouri, including that of Lake Placid, a recreational area for African Americans in Morgan County; the Missouri Industrial Home for Negro Girls in Tipton; and a number of people and events connected to Lincoln University in both the 19th and 20th centuries.
Join us, as Kremer shares just a portion of his prolific research spanning much of African American history in Missouri.
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