Established in 1968 to recognize extraordinary service to and support of The State Historical Society of Missouri, the Distinguished Service Award has honored officers, trustees, volunteers, and staff members. It is the highest honor bestowed by SHSMO.
There are people who demonstrate extraordinary commitment to SHSMO's mission to collect, preserve, and share Missouri History. Since 2012, SHSMO's Board of Trustees has chosen to honor these select individuals with a special recognition for their steadfast support.
The Center for Missouri Studies fellowship program seeks to promote and disseminate scholarship in underexplored areas of Missouri history and culture, including interdisciplinary study of the Show-Me State. Each fellowship carries a stipend of $5,000 for a project that results in the completion of a 6,000 to 8,000-word scholarly essay, exclusive of notes, on one of the topics selected each year.
The State Historical Society of Missouri honors a long-time former Executive Director, Dr. Richard S. Brownlee, by making grants available in his name to help Missouri cultural heritage institutions preserve and provide access to local history. Brownlee Grant awards will be made for up to $500 per calendar year. A maximum of $5,000 will be awarded each year.
The James W. Goodrich Graduate Research Assistantship in Missouri History honors the historian, writer, and preservationist who served SHSMO as executive director from 1985 to 2004. Jim Goodrich utilized collaborative activities to conserve and disseminate valuable research and cultural resources and to help Missourians understand their history. The James W. Goodrich Graduate Research Assistantship in Missouri History supports a position at SHSMO for a graduate student in Missouri history.
The Missouri History Book Award is given annually to the author of the best book written on the history of Missouri and Missourians.
The Eagleton-Waters Book Award recognizes the author of the best book published on the political history of Missouri.
The Lewis E. Atherton Prizes annually recognize an outstanding master’s thesis and an outstanding doctoral dissertation on Missouri history or biography.
The Missouri Historical Review Article Award is presented annually to the author of the article best contributing to an understanding of Missouri history published in the most recent volume of the journal.
The Mary C. Neth Prize, created in memory of a professor in the University of Missouri–Columbia Department of History who specialized in women’s history, is given biennially (in odd–numbered years) to the author of the best article on women or gender issues appearing in the preceding two volumes of the Missouri Historical Review.