January 4, 1917

Theaters in Columbia were showing “motion pictures” and a campaign against showing these silent dramas was being carried on by the women’s organizations of Columbia and of the University. A vigilance committee to discourage the showing of the plays had been appointed and the fraternity men were organizing to oppose them.

This post was contributed by Ross Malone. A historian and a retired school teacher, Ross has authored many books about Missouri’s history, weird facts, and folk tales. He has also written children’s historical fiction.

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