Established in August 2014, the Center for Missouri Studies fosters ongoing study of Missouri's past, encouraging connections among scholars in fields such as history, geography, folklore, anthropology, journalism, and other disciplines. This initiative consolidates and extends the State Historical Society of Missouri's multifaceted efforts to support scholars, publish new works, provide educational programs, and promote greater understanding of Missouri's history. Starting in 2019, the Center for Missouri Studies will be both a physical place and an expanding educational initiative where history can be explored.
Fellows in the Center for Missouri Studies are actively engaged in advancing scholarship on the history and heritage of Missouri and the Midwest.
The Center presented its first fellowship awards in January 2015. The fellowships are intended to encourage scholarship in new or underexplored areas of Missouri history. Each award includes a $5,000 stipend to complete a study that may be published in the Missouri Historical Review and presented at a public event within the state.
Cohosted by the University of Missouri in Columbia and the State Historical Society of Missouri's Center for Missouri Studies, The African American Experience in Missouri lecture series will offer the MU community, as well as the public, an opportunity to learn about the African American experience in Missouri from the earliest period of statehood to the present.
MU history professor Keona K. Ervin and SHSMO executive director Gary Kremer, both Center for Missouri Studies fellows known for research on African American history, are working together to ensure the top scholars in the field are a part of the lecturers that began in February 2016.Stay up-to-date on The African American Experience in Missouri lecture series details through MizzouDiversity or SHSMO. For more information on all Center for Missouri Studies events, visit the State Historical Society of Missouri's events page.