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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 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.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s two-time Pulitzer-prize winning cartoonist, Daniel Fitzpatrick, chronicled the progress of WWII 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 first installment, The Onset of War, August 1939–November 1941, is on display during the 80th anniversary of the Nazi invasion of Poland that precipitated the beginning of WWII in Europe on Sept. 1, 1939.

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Award-winning photographer Oliver Schuchard has made Missouri his home for more than four decades. Over the years, Schuchard has often turned his camera to diverse landscapes in his adopted state and elsewhere. This exhibition, in two installments, displays Schuchard’s dedication to the aesthetics and craft of black and white landscape photography over the course of his distinguished career.



Join the State Historical Society of Missouri for our first bookstore pop-up event! Peggy Jean’s Pies will be selling a variety of delicious tartlets to take home. Be sure to stop by for these festive treats and some shopping at our bookstore!
Join Chuck Haddix for a look at "Early Bird: Charlie Parker’s Life and Music in Kansas City" on November 19.

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Join David Westenberg, associate professor of biological sciences at Missouri University of Science and Technology, for his talk in conjunction with the exhibit World War I: Lessons and Legacies, courtesy of the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service.

Kansas City Public Library hosts Kelly Johnston for his presentation All Maps Are Lies!