Post sponsored by

Source: US State of Missouri

For immediate release:                  November 5, 2019

Contact:                                           Maura Browning, Communications Director

                                                         (573) 526-0949

Ashcroft Announces Program on the Osage Women and Empire

Jefferson City, Mo. — Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft today announced a Thursday Evening Speaker Series program on the role of women in building the Osage empire. The program will be held in the Interpretive Center of the James C. Kirkpatrick State Information Center, the location of the Secretary of State’s State Archives, on Thursday, Nov. 14, at 7 p.m.

In her book Osage Women and Empire: Gender and Power, Dr. Tai Edwards explores how men and women built the Osage Empire together, dispelling the traditional belief that it was through male prowess at hunting and war alone. Confronted with encroaching European settlers, Osage men and women increasingly focused on hunting and trade to protect their culture and their traditional social structures, including complementary gender roles. Among the Osage, these functioned to maintain societal order and served as a means to experience, adapt to and resist the monumental change brought on by colonization. Join us as Edwards offers a fresh and nuanced picture of the critical role played by both men and women at the height of Osage dominance in the western Mississippi Valley and the later decline of power on their Kansas reservation. 

The State Archives is the official repository for state documents of permanent historic value, and is located at 600 West Main Street in Jefferson City. All Archives programs are free of charge and open to the public, with seating available on a first-come, first-served basis. 

For more information on this and other Archives programming, contact Tracy Wegman, (573) 526-5296 or


Visit to learn more about the Office of the Missouri Secretary of State.