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Missouri: Famous Women

These sites have biographies of famous women who have connections to Missouri. The list includes Bess Truman, Calamity Jane, Marie Elizabeth Oliver, Susan Elizabeth Blow, Molly Brown, Maya Angeleou, Helen Stephens, and more. Learn about the contributions they made and how they earned their fame. There is also a link to an eThemes Resource on Laura Ingalls Wilder.


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This site has an index of famous people who have connections to St. Louis. Click on the names to read brief biographies and to find out where their Stars of Fame are located.
Choose a name from the dropdown box for a short biography. Includes Susan Elizabeth Blow, Maya Angeleou, Mary Easton Sibley, and many more.
Learn about this American educator who opened the first kindergarten in Missouri. NOTE: The site includes ads.
This site is about Marie Elizabeth Oliver, the designer for Missouri's state flag. It also includes a brief biography for her husband, Robert.
Learn about Bess Truman, who grew up in Independence and married Harry Truman. Read about what she did while serving as First Lady.
Learn about the life of Mary Paxton Keeley, the first woman to graduate from journalism school, in her own words. NOTE: Teachers should read through this interview before sharing with students because of some of the topics she discusses. Teachers could copy and paste the portion of the interview they want into a word processing program and give that file to students.
This is a timeline of important events in author Kate Chopin's life.
Read about Sacagawea (Sacajawea), a Native American who accompanied Lewis and Clark on their expedition.
Read the story of Sacagawea and learn how she and her husband helped Lewis and Clark.
This is an interview transcript with Amanda "Ardelia" Hardin Palmer, about a Missouri teacher whose students included Harry and Bess Truman.
Read how this successful newspaper woman was denied entry into the University of Missouri School of Journalism.
This site has information about and a picture of astronaut Linda Godwin.
This site has information about and a picture of astronaut Janet Kavandi.
Read these facts in the almanac about this famous femal athlete. NOTE: The site includes ads.
Here is a synopsis of Helen Stephens's life.
These are the statistics for Helen Stephen's track and field records. NOTE: The site includes ads.
Read about the Olympic Game that Helen Stephens was a part of. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on "Mulit-media Gallery." Choose the Olympic Games drop down menu and then "Berlin 1936." There is a picture of Helen Stephens and Jesse Owens.
Read a letter that the actor wrote to some friends. Also includes a photograph.
Read about Laura Ingalls Wilder and her Little House books. Learn about the places the Ingalls family lived. Includes activities and teaching guides to go along with various Little House books. Listen to fiddle playing and other music from that period. Read documents written by Laura.

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