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History Workshop

Did you miss the Historical Society's history workshop, held at the 2016 Eighth Circuit Judicial Conference in Rogers, Arkansas?

Click here to listen to the 1.5 hour audio recording! (The workshop immediately follows a 3.5 minute meeting of the Board of Directors.)

Historical Society President F. Richard Lyford moderated the panel of ten speakers, who shared their knowledge and experience on the topics below with Society members and guests.

  • Fund raising
  • Courthouse exhibits
  • Educational events and programs
  • Court history and biography
  • Oral history interviews
To see the list of speakers, listen to the workshop, and access handouts, click here.

United States District Courts and Judges of Arkansas, 1836-1960 Just Released!

United States District Courts and Judges of Arkansas, 1836-1960

The history of the Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas was released on May 19, 2016, by the University of Arkansas Press!

This project of the Eastern and Western District of Arkansas branches came to fruition after decades of work, thanks to the efforts of Frances Ross of the Eastern District branch. Read more.

New! Eighth Circuit Reading Lists

Thomas H. Boyd, Esq. of the Court of Appeals and Minnesota branches is compiling a series of lists of historical articles and books on all of federal courts and judges in the Eighth Circuit. Click here to access the lists.

Judge Myron H. Bright Judge Bright's 2015 Autobiography and Interview

U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Myron H. Bright's autobiography was published in January 2015 by the North Dakota Institute for Regional Studies Press. See more

Judge Bright talks about his memoir and recounts highlights in the interview Bright's Last Hurrah...Maybe!, conducted by Judge Richard G. Kopf on July 21, 2015. Watch the video

U.S. Court of Appeals Holds Judicial Ceremonies

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U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Michael J. Melloy
The Honorable Michael J. Melloy: Portrait Ceremony

U.S. Court of Appeals Judge George G. Fagg
The Honorable George G. Fagg: Memorial Ceremony

U.S. Court of Appeals Judge James B. Loken
The Honorable James B. Loken: Portrait Ceremony

U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Kermit E. Bye
The Honorable Kermit E. Bye: Portrait Ceremony


History of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit | Judge Morris S. Arnold | Judge Richard S. Arnold
Judge Myron H. Bright | Judge Kermit E. Bye | Judge George G. Fagg | Judge John R. Gibson | Judge Gerald W. Heaney
Judge Theodore McMillian | Judge James B. Loken | Judge Michael J. Melloy | Judge Donald R. Ross

Judge Rensselaer Russell Nelson (Minnesota) | Judge Charles A. Shaw (Missouri Eastern) | Judge Lyle E. Strom (Nebraska)
Judge Warren K. Urbom (Nebraska) | Judge Ross A. Walters (Iowa Southern) | Judge Scott O. Wright (Missouri Western)

Ann Fessenden, Circuit Librarian 1984-2015

Baseball in the Eighth Circuit | Chief Standing Bear | Empire in the Grasslands: The Eighth Circuit Before 1891 | Little Rock Integration Crisis
Right to Counsel: Gideon v. Wainwright and the Criminal Justice Act of 1964 (Judge Morris Arnold and Jenniffer Horan)

The Historical Society's mission is to preserve and celebrate the rich history of the federal courts of the seven states that make up the Eighth Circuit. Toward this end, the Historical Society has organized separate branches for each of the United States district courts located in Arkansas, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota, as well as a branch for the circuit court of appeals that encompasses all of these states.

The Historical Society of the United States Courts in the Eighth Circuit is a not-for-profit corporation organized and operating under the laws of the State of Missouri. It is governed by a board of directors made up of representatives of each of the branches. The Historical Society and its branches are tax exempt organizations pursuant to section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and contributions to the Historical Society are tax deductible. The Historical Society is not a part of, nor is it controlled by, any of the courts, judges or employees of the courts.

The Historical Society welcomes inquiry and participation by all interested persons. For information regarding membership, please contact Joan Voelker, 111 S. 10th Street, Room 22.300, St. Louis, MO 63102, or the branch for your court.

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Updated November 22, 2016
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