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.
This endowed fund is a memorial to longtime Executive Director Richard S. Brownlee 1960-1985. Starting in 2013 the Brownlee funds were used to pursue works exploring critical times in Missouri history. Historically the Brownlee Fund was presented as grants to individuals and organizations proposing to publish or otherwise document Missouri and its citizens. The Brownlee Fund now sponsors two Center for Missouri Studies Fellowships.
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.