During the 1 p.m. lecture titled Men of the Border: Custer, Jesse James, and Missouri's Role in the American Past, Stiles will describe how border state culture shaped the careers of Custer and James, bringing two men who fought on opposite sides of the Civil War into a surprising convergence. Missouri, the home state of James, also proved to be a pivotal place in Custer's life. The state was a battleground that shaped their future paths toward fame and legend.
Drawing upon his most recent book, Custer's Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America, which received the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for History, and his first book, Jesse James: Last Rebel of the Civil War, published in 2002, Stiles will offer new insights into the lives of two famous historical figures known for pushing boundaries in nineteenth-century America.
Stiles's exhaustive research and masterful ability to captivate an audience have earned him numerous accolades. In addition to this year's Pulitzer Prize, he was awarded the 2009 National Book Award in Nonfiction and his first Pulitzer Prize in Biography in 2010 for The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt.
|11 a.m.||Business Meeting and Annual Report|
|Including the presentation of the Book, Article, and Dissertation Awards|
|12 p.m.||Luncheon – Registration Required|
|Beginning with the presentation of the Distinguished Service Award|
|1 p.m.||Center for Missouri Studies Speaker Series Presentation|
|Featuring two-time Pulitzer Prize winner T. J. Stiles|
The event will be held at the Courtyard by Marriott and Conference Center in Columbia. A room block is available for out-of-town guests at the rate of $119 per night, plus tax. To receive this discount, mention SHSMO while booking your room before the deadline of September 13.
Free parking is available onsite at the Courtyard by Marriott and Conference Center.