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Gallery exhibitions illustrate transformative moments in Missouri and US history. Located on the first floor, the main and topical galleries feature rotating exhibitions, with select works on permanent display. A second-floor corridor gallery features curated materials from SHSMO collections. The galleries are located at the SHSMO Center for Missouri Studies in Columbia.


The St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s two-time Pulitzer Prize–winning cartoonist, Daniel Fitzpatrick, chronicled the progression of WWII as it happened with powerful and poignant editorial cartoons. The three installments of this yearlong exhibition present visual commentary on the events of the war as they happened. The second installment focuses on examples made between December of 1941 and the spring of 1943.

The State Historical Society of Missouri holds one of the few complete collections of the lithographs Thomas Hart Benton published in editions during his lifetime. Over 90 master prints dating from 1929 to 1974 reflect the many changes that took place in Benton’s attitudes and artwork over the course of his life. Many of these lithographs are variations on famed Benton paintings, and the diverse imagery attests to the complexity of the artist’s aesthetic, political and social ideas.

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The State Historical Society of Missouri and Missouri Historic Costume and Textile Collection commemorate the centennial anniversary of women’s suffrage with the collaborative exhibition Missouri Women: Suffrage to Statecraft. Displays include related clothing and artwork from statewide collections that highlight roles of Missouri women in the national suffrage movement, as well as trailblazing women in Missouri politics before and after ratification of the federal amendment. Free and open to the public.



Join us on January 30th, 2020 at 5-7pm for the grand opening of the Music in Missouri Exhibit, featured in the Wenneker Family Corridor Gallery. The State Historical Society’s building is designed to evoke a sense of confluence—of rivers, cultures, ideas, and people. This new exhibit explores Missouri’s contribution to American music. As viewers observe Missouri’s role in shaping American sound, they will also see the ways in which musical interactions broke down barriers—especially those based on race, gender, and region—and made Missouri a unique place for creativity, reinvention, and progress. Snacks and refreshments will be provided.

Join us in our Lobby on Saturday, February 1st from 10am-2pm for another Bookstore Pop-Up Event. We will be hosting Paper Baristas and Frenchy Treats - CoMo for a fun day filled with delicious French croissants, macaroons and 2020 planners, journals and cards to get your year started off of right.

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Help the American Red Cross save lives by donating blood on Friday, January 24 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the State Historical Society of Missouri Center for Missouri Studies. To make an appointment, call (800) 733-2767 or go to the with sponsor code: SHSMO. Walk-ins are also welcome.

The State Historical Society of Missouri Research Center in Columbia has recently been designated a Family Search Affiliate Library. This allows SHSMO patrons to view digitized materials on the website that are locked to the general public. Senior Librarian, Amy L. Waters, will provide tips on searching in these digitized materials, along with information on using all the features of RSVP Required.