Thursday, October 23, 2008


COLUMBIA, MO-- Missouri History in Performance Theatre will present its new World War II-themed play, Reunion, as part of The State Historical Society of Missouri’s Annual Meeting, at the Tiger Hotel in downtown Columbia on November 1, 2008.

The Reader’s Theatre production, written by Columbia playwright Mary Paulsell, is set at a World War II veterans’ reunion and based on wartime letters and other GI correspondence now held at the Western Historical Manuscript Collection-Columbia. Through tales of heroism, longing, and loss, listeners will be transported back to the early 1940s. The popular Boogie Woogie Babes of Jefferson City will provide music from the period, singing the hits of the Andrews Sisters.

Reunion is only part of the day’s events at this year’s Annual Meeting. The Society is also offering two concurrent sessions at 9:30 a.m. MU professor emeritus Walter A. Schroeder will discuss the “Cultural Regions of Missouri,” and David Moore and William Stolz will explore “World War II Research and Preservation at the Western Historical Manuscript Collection-Columbia.” The 2008 Brownlee Award recipients will be announced, with more than $6,500 in grants for individuals and organizations to write publications about, or otherwise document, the history of Missouri and its citizens.

Reservations for The State Historical Society of Missouri’s Annual Meeting and Luncheon are required and must be made no later than October 14, 2008. For more information or to register for the Annual Meeting, call the Society at (573) 882-7083 or go online.

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