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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.



The State Historical Society of Missouri is making plans for the Annual Meeting, November 2, at the Center for Missouri Studies in Columbia. The event includes the annual business meeting and awards presentations, a lunch, and the debut of the My Missouri Lecture Series. Speaking is former US Senator Claire McCaskill, who served as the top-ranking Democrat on the Homeland Security Committee and a senior member of the Armed Services Committee. Before she was elected to the Senate in 2006, McCaskill was Missouri's state auditor and served as Jackson County Prosecutor. Seating is limited. Register by October 21 to attend.

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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Looking for research tools to use in the classroom? Join Senior Archivist, Kathleen Seale, for an Educator Workshop in Rolla to learn more about how SHSMO’s collections can add to your curriculum!
Missouri Solar Energy Industries Association hosts Bryan Jack for his lecture Slave Pen to Spectator Sport: Remembering St. Louis’s Buried Past