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2018 Annual Spring Meeting

The 2018 Annual Meeting will be April 6–8 in Springfield. Our Koch Lecturer will be Dr. Douglas Scott. Dr. Scott is a battlefield archaeologist most noted for his work at the 1876 site of the Battle of the Little Bighorn. He has also directed work at Big Horn Battlefield National Historic Site, Sand Creek National Historic Site, Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield, Pea Ridge National Military Park, Monroe’s Crossroads Battlefield, and many other national and international sites. Dr. Scott's lecture visit will be partially funded by the Missouri Humanities Council as well as the College of Humanities and Public Affairs as well as the Anthropology and History Departments at Missouri State University.

The meeting will begin with a Friday-evening welcome reception with food and drinks at the conference hotel. Also on Friday evening, Koch Speaker Douglas Scott will present Fields of Fire: Indian and Army Tactics at the 1876 Little Bighorn Battle and the Application of Firearm Identification Methods in Revealing the Story. This lecture will be on the Missouri State University (MSU) campus at 6 p.m. MAS meeting attendees are invited to attend this free public lecture.

The meeting will continue on Saturday with all-day presentations, a silent auction (please contact the MAS office if you have items to donate), exhibits, and the evening banquet and Koch Lecture. The Saturday banquet dinner options will consist of Panko and Almond Chicken or gluten-free Smoked Pork Loin with Red Onion and Tomato Jam for $24 or Sirloin Steak au Poivre for $34. All dinners will include salad, sides, rolls, dessert, and coffee or tea. Prices include gratuity.
After the banquet, Dr. Douglas Scott will present The Civil War in the Trans-Mississippi West: Archaeology of the Battles of Wilson’s Creek, Pea Ridge, and Other Stories. You do not have to purchase a banquet ticket to attend Dr. Scott’s presentation.

Activities will conclude on Sunday with the first public screening of The Uncivil War, an episode of the PBS-series America from the Ground Up. The screening will be hosted by the film’s Executive Director, Dr. Monty Dobson. The series goes on-site to explore the history of America through recent archaeological research, a refreshing perspective that highlights the importance of America’s archaeological record. This episode explores the archaeology and history of the Civil War in Missouri and features our Koch Lecturer Dr. Douglas Scott.

The film screening will be followed by a field trip to the Ash Grove Company Town site. Elizabeth Sobel and Jen Rideout of MSU will give a walking tour of the site on the outskirts of Ash Grove.We will visit some features remaining at the site including foundations, root cellars, wells, and roadbeds.

The meeting will be at the Oasis Hotel and Convention Center. Those who attended the meeting in 2016 will remember that this is a great hotel. Special room rates for a double queen or single king room will be $92/night plus tax. This rate includes a free hot-breakfast buffet. Hotel amenities include an indoor saltwater swimming pool, fitness room, and an onsite restaurant and ice bar. Room amenities include flat-screen TVs, cable, mini refrigerators, and wireless internet.

Reservations may be made by calling 1-888-532-4338 and asking for the Society's spring meeting rate. A block of rooms will be held for our attendees at the reduced rate. Book by March 5 to receive the reduced rate. The hotel has several concurrent events, so availability beyond that room block may be limited.

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Registration materials will be mailed to all members in early 2018. Please join us.

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