Awards and Grants

Missouri History Book Award

The Missouri History Book Award is given annually to the author of the best book published on the history of Missouri and its people.

The honor includes a $1,500 prize and a certificate for the author(s). The 2017 award will be presented at SHSMO's annual meeting on October 7, 2017.


Books copyrighted in 2016 are eligible for the 2017 award; entries will be evaluated by a panel of judges selected by the executive director.

The subject matter of books nominated for the award should pertain to Missouri-related people, places, institutions, and/or events that have statewide or national significance.

Original, documented scholarship in the form of historical biographies, monographs, and/or general studies may be nominated. Festschrifts, collections of essays, autobiographies, and edited works are not eligible for consideration.

Four copies of the book and a letter of nomination that includes full contact information for the publisher and the author should be personally delivered or postmarked by June 30, 2017, to:

Missouri History Book Award
The State Historical Society of Missouri
1020 Lowry Street
Columbia, MO 65201

For further information, contact SHSMO at 573.882.7083 or

You can also view the 2017 nomination announcement.

Missouri History Book Award Recipients