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Displays and Educational Sessions Open to the Public April 16 & 17 in St. Louis

BLOOMINGTON—Complex, controversial topics like race relations, religion, and politics still remain taboo in American conversation and education. Thanks to a grant from the Missouri Humanities Council (MHC), local residents can learn more about the meaning of historical taboos and revitalizing the conversations they inspire on April 16 and 17.

"We are so pleased the Missouri Humanities Council supported our funding request. Their grant enables us to open two educational sessions and several museum displays to the public," says Katherine Finley, executive director of the Organization of American Historians (OAH).

The MHC awarded a grant of $2,500 to OAH in support of making the displays and educational sessions free to Missouri citizens. The MHC is the only state-wide agency in Missouri devoted exclusively to humanities education for citizens of all ages. It has served as the state affiliate for the National Endowment for the Humanities since 1971.

Finley hopes teachers, elected officials, civic and community leaders, K-12 teachers, community college educators, and others interested in St. Louis and American history will attend. The displays and sessions are part of the OAH 2015 Annual Meeting, which will be held April 16-19 in downtown St. Louis. The event is nation's largest gathering of American historians.

THURSDAY, APRIL 16 | 1 to 3:30 p.m. | America's Center
These museum displays are free and open to the public:

THURSDAY, APRIL 16 | 3:30 to 5 p.m. | America's Center
This free educational session is open to the public:

FRIDAY, APRIL 17 | 3:30 to 5 p.m. | America's Center
This free educational session is open to the public:

Peter Kastor, Washington University in St. Louis, and Kevin Fernlund, University of Missouri-St. Louis, are co-chairs of the meeting's local resource committee.

For more information about the grants program of the Missouri Humanities Council, call 314.781.9660 or 800.357.0909. Write to the MHC at 543 Hanley Industrial Court, Suite 205, St. Louis, MO 63144-1905. For more information about OAH, visit oah.org, e-mail oah@oah.org, or call 812.855.7311.

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Founded in 1907, the Organization of American Historians (OAH) is the world's largest professional association dedicated to American history scholarship. With more than 7,800 members from the U.S. and abroad, OAH promotes excellence in the scholarship, teaching, and presentation of American history, encouraging wide discussion of historical questions and equitable treatment of history practitioners. It publishes the quarterly Journal of American History, the leading scholarly publication and journal of record in the field of American history for more than nine decades. It also publishes
The American Historian magazine.