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Trailblazer & Annual St. Louis Forum Business Meeting
8/18/2022 - 8/18/2022
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Event Description
The Trailblazer Award was created in 1994 to recognize a woman who was an influential community leader, was "the first” in her field, or made a significant contribution toward elevating the image of women in business.. This year, we celebrate Dr. Frances Levine. Please join us as she accepts her award and gives a talk entitled. “Blazing Historic Trails” in which she will tell her story of becoming the first woman to lead a Zoo Museum District cultural institution and how she affirmed its position as one of the top three history museums in the country. Sheila Burkett, Forum’s president, will review what we accomplished in the past year and share our strategic direction for the coming year.

Refreshments including hors d'oeuvres will be available.

Dr. Frances Levine, Ph.D.
President & CEO
Missouri Historical Society

Dr. Frances Levine became the President and CEO of the Missouri Historical Society and Missouri History Museum in the spring of 2014.  Under her leadership, MHS has received the first ever award for Diversity Equity and Inclusion awarded by the American Alliance of Museum in 2017. Dr. Levine led the successful reaccreditation of the Missouri Historical Society by the American Alliance of Museums in 2019, and the successful integration of the Soldiers Memorial Military Museum into the institutional organization of the MHS.  In 2019, she was named one of the most influential women in business by the St. Louis Business Journal and received a National Urban League Salute to Women Award in 2018. In 2021 she received the Norman A. Stack Award for Community Relations from the Jewish Community Relations Council in St. Louis. 

A native of Connecticut, Frances received her B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Anthropology from Southern Methodist University, Dallas. She was the Director of the Palace of the Governors, New Mexico History Museum in Santa Fe from 2022 to 2014.
In 2009 she attended the prestigious Getty Museum Leadership Institute. She is a member of the American Alliance of Museums, the American Society for Ethnohistory, and the Santa Fe Trail Association.  She has served as an evaluator for the American Alliance of Museums Accreditation review process for museums in the US and Mexico.  
Dr. Levine is the author, co-editor or contributor to several award-winning books including Our Prayers Are in This Place: Pecos Pueblo Identity over the Centuries (1999, UNM Press), Through the Lens: Creating Santa Fe (2008 MNM Press, with MaryAnne Redding and Krista Elrick), and Telling New Mexico: A New History  (2009 MNM Press, with Marta Weigle and Louise Stiver) as well as a chapter in All Trails Lead to Santa Fe (2010 with Gerald Gonzalez, Sunstone Press), Frontier Battles and Massacres: Historical and Archaeological Perspectives. (With Ron Wetherington, editors), University of Oklahoma Press, Norman, 2014) and Dona Teresa Confronts the Spanish Inquisition: A Seventeenth Century New Mexican Drama (University of Oklahoma Press, Norman, 2016) which has won a Southwest Book Award by the Border Regional Library Association.  She has just completed a manuscript for the University of Kansas Press entitled Crossings: Women on the Santa Fe Trail that will be published in 2022.