MOCHE Participates in Missouri Bicentennial Alliance

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MOCHE has been named a participating organization in the Missouri Bicentennial Alliance, a consortium of organizations throughout the state who have been charged by the state legislature to offer educational programming in commemoration of Missouri's upcoming bicentennial celebration of statehood. As Missouri's statehood unfolded over a three-year period from 1818-1821, these participating organizations will offer periodic opportunities to explore, learn, and celebrate our state's admission into the United States. In the coming months, MOCHE will sponsor lessons and activities about our state's history as an opportunity to be incorporated into classrooms.

Call for Papers for Interdisciplinary Conference


Primary Source: An Interdisciplinary Conference on Memory and Identity

Fontbonne University, in partnership with the Missouri History Museum and sponsored by a National Endowment for the Humanities “Humanities Connections” grant, announces Primary Source, an interdisciplinary conference on the connections between memory—both individual and collective—and identity.

The human experience is deeply rooted in memory. It is the raw material of personal identity and community. It informs our narratives, generates our myths, justifies our politics, and sustains our cultures. Memory gives us our autobiographical individual selves, yet memory also binds us to one another. In spite of this, memory is always contentious and selective, even traumatic, and its meanings are subjective. Thus, paradoxically, memory also divides our ideologies, our faiths, our daily experiences. Memory, then, is always an intersection of the present and the past. In all these ways, memory is a central concern of the humanities. However, the study of memory also requires the sciences. Psychology tells us much about how memories are encoded, stored, and retrieved in the human brain, how they influence our decisions and our sense of self, and also how they are vulnerable to distortions and forgetting. Library and information science and museum studies—and the expanding domains of the digital humanities–address how memories are externalized–archived, preserved, retrieved, and used in the present.

We seek proposals that explore these topics from a variety of disciplines, and with a particular interest in the intersection of memory and identity for individuals and communities in migration, whether domestically or transnationally.

This conference is interdisciplinary and we especially invite papers that generate discussions between disciplines such as psychology, history, library and information science, museum studies, digital humanities, political science, religion, law, media studies (e.g., literature, film), and beyond.

The conference will be held at Fontbonne University in Saint Louis and at the nearby Missouri History Museum in Forest Park from May 17 to 19, 2018.

Coordinating Committee:

  • Corinne Wohlford, PhD, Academic Affairs and the Department of History, Philosophy, and Religion, Fontbonne University
  • Jason Finley, PhD, Psychology, Fontbonne University
  • Ben Moore, PhD, English and Communication, Fontbonne University
  • Julie Portman, MLIS, Jack C. Taylor Library, Fontbonne University
  • Jody Sowell, PhD, Missouri History Museum
  • Angela K. Dietz, PhD, Missouri History Museum

Happy Holidays from Gilder Lehrman!

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Happy Holidays from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History!

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is thanking all Affiliate Schools by sending them a free copy of one of their WWII posters. Please click here to claim your offer.

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Additionally, they have announced new online resourcesP.D. opportunities for 2018!
Other Affiliate School giveaways are scheduled for later in the year, so sign up today!

Enjoy the holidays - we'll see you in 2018! 

Save the Date! 2018 MOCHE Conference




The Missouri Council for History Education

Best Practices in History Education Conference

September 20 - 21, 2018

 Harry S. Truman Library and Museum,

Independence, Missouri 

The conference will include two features speakers, a variety of breakout sessions, a modified simulation in the White House Decision Center, and presentations from Missouri History Day winners.  

Registration will be available for one or both days.  Attendees will enjoy continental breakfasts, lunches, breaks, books, all sessions, a special tour of the Truman Museum and Library and opportunities to network with history teachers and history-related professionals.

A Call for Proposals will be available at the MOCHE web site by March 1.

For questions and more information contact Joan Musbach

Sponsored by the Missouri Humanities Council, Organization of American Historians, History Channel and the Truman Library and Museum


Upcoming Book Discussion


Saint Louis University History and MOCHE Board Member Professor Flannery Burke will discuss and sign her new book, A Land Apart: The Southwest and the Nation in the Twentieth Century, on Monday, November 6, 5:00-6:00 pm at the SLU Barnes and Noble bookstore in the Busch Student Center, 20 N. Grand Blvd.  Parking is available at the Laclede Garage, 3602 Laclede Avenue.  


There will be light refreshments and brilliant insights for a wonderful historian of the American Southwest.

For additional information, contact Lorri Glover:





MOCHE/ILCHE 2017: Hamilton's National Bank


In this lesson, students participate in two rounds of a role play to help them understand the role of banks in facilitating economic growth through loans. Round 1 is conducted without a bank. After the first round, students read excerpts from Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton’s 1790 report to Congress in which he proposes a national bank because the United States had few banks at the time. Students then conduct Round 2 of the role play with a bank. After the round, students read excerpts from and summaries of the statute creating a national bank, Thomas Jefferson’s opposition, and Hamilton’s rebuttal.