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As part of its mission to generate interest and appreciation for the rich cultural heritage of the state and its people, the Society hosts a wide range of engaging and educational events for scholars and community members of all ages.

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Bicentennial quilt
February 3, 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm | SHSMO-St. Louis, UMSL Thomas Jefferson Library
The Missouri Bicentennial Quilt returns to Saint Louis as part of its final tour of State Historical Society of Missouri statewide research centers. Visit the Saint Louis Research Center on February 3 from 4-7 p.m. for a special reception showcasing this unique Missouri treasure.

February 17, 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm | Virtual Program
Join us on February 17 for a panel discussion on the role of St. Louis-area Black nurse activists. Presented in partnership with the Black Nurses Association of Greater St. Louis, panelists will discuss the closing of Homer G. Phillips Hospital in the 1970s, the 2014 Ferguson protests, and modern efforts to improve Black maternal and infant mortality and morbidity. Online and free, registration required.

Program title with SHSMO logo and photo of a Black nurse helping a Black blood donor
February 22, 3:00 pm | Virtual Program
Join us as SHSMO Art Curator Joan Stack examines the various artworks and photographs on display in Black Health and Wellness: A Selection of Historical Images. Online and free, registration required.

Missouri Conference on History March 16-18, 2022
March 16–18 | Capitol Plaza Hotel and Convention Center, Jefferson City
Join us for the 64th Annual Missouri Conference on History in Jefferson City! The conference brings together scholars, teachers, and other professional historians to share in the presentation of research, to exchange information on teaching and curriculum, and to consider ways to promote the welfare of the profession and general interest in history.


Art and educational exhibitions illustrate transformative moments in Missouri and U.S. history. The State Historical Society of Missouri houses exhibition galleries at the Center for Missouri Studies in Columbia. SHSMO also provides materials for display in galleries and exhibition spaces across the state.

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Nurse Helping Blood Donor
February 7 – May 23 | Ellis Library, University of Missouri–Columbia
Featuring artworks and photographs from historic collections at the State Historical Society of Missouri, this exhibition exposes the difficulties and achievements African Americans experienced related to healthcare and wellness throughout the 20th century.

Missouri Bicentennial Quilt at the Center for Missouri Studies
December 14, 2021 – September 15, 2022 | Touring Statewide (check schedule)

The Missouri Bicentennial Quilt returns to mid-Missouri to begin its final tour of State Historical Society of Missouri statewide research centers. Visit the Center for Missouri Studies through January 28 for a chance to see this unique Missouri treasure.

Osage-Le Soldat du Chene
August 3, 2021 – February 11, 2022 | Center for Missouri Studies, Columbia

Cultural Crossroads showcases artwork, objects, and imagery associated with a wide range of people who were part of what became the state of Missouri in 1821.

Photo of the bicentennial exhibit
August 3, 2021 – June 24, 2022 | Center for Missouri Studies, Columbia
Exploring the process of bicentennial planning, Show Me a Bicentennial! illustrates how Missourians came together to commemorate Missouri’s diverse past and present, and, importantly, where we want to be in the future.

On Demand Programs

Many State Historical Society of Missouri programs are freely available on demand to worldwide audiences. The most recently published videos are available at the links below. See all on demand programs here.

In this installment of the Missouri Historical Review Author Series, Missouri Civil War historian and retired SHSMO associate director John Bradbury leads a conversation with Jeremy Neely, assistant professor of history at Missouri State University, and recent MSU graduate Trevor Martin. Neely and Martin discuss their article from the January 2021 Missouri Historical Review about the correspondence between Henry Fike, a quartermaster in the Union army, and his wife, Cimbaline, who wrote from the home front in Mascoutah, Illinois, southeast of St. Louis.
Watch as Bill Eddleman discusses services available to find newspapers, what records are likely to be found in papers, and how to access records that appeared in these publications.
In honor of the Missouri Bicentennial, watch as Judge Stephen N. Limbaugh, Jr. presents The Life and Times of Judge John Dillard Cook. A pioneer judge in early 1800s southeast Missouri, Judge Cook was appointed to the Missouri Supreme Court on November 16, 1820.
Watch as legendary Mizzou basketball coach Norm Stewart reflects on how his Show-Me State roots shaped his career.