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Join Associate Director of the Cape Girardeau Research Center, Bill Eddleman, for an overview on locating available information in land records and other sources. Online and free, registration required.

More Events

Join us for the next episode of Missouri 2021 Presents, where you can explore musical events that speak to and about Missouri! Online and free, registration required.
Join Steven Brawley, founder of the St. Louis LGBT History Project; Kerri Yost, associate professor of digital filmmaking at Stephens College; and SHSMO archivist Heather Richmond for the first of a series of virtual presentations on LGBTQ+ collections at SHSMO. Online and free, registration required.


Exhibitions About

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.


A juried exhibition that showcases the state’s dynamic visual arts culture and diversity, Missouri Art Now, A Bicentennial Celebration showcases sixty works from artists across Missouri and commemorates Missouri's 200th year of statehood.

More Exhibitions

As we commemorate Missouri’s bicentennial, Native Creatures: The Indigenous Mammals and Birds of Missouri explores images of animals that inhabited Missouri at the time the territory became a state in 1821.

This yearlong exhibition in three installments showcases examples of Thomas Hart Benton’s original watercolors and drawings for the Limited Editions Club publications of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and Life on the Mississippi. As a Missourian, Benton brought his own understanding of the landscape and people of the state to his illustrations, creating perceptive images that complement Twain’s prose.

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.

Watch as SHSMO art curator Joan Stack provides a virtual tour of Daniel Fitzpatrick’s WWII cartoons. As the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist, Fitzpatrick chronicled the progression of World War II as it happened with powerful and poignant editorial cartoons.
Bill Eddleman discusses the basics of land grants, federal land sales, military bounty land, and numerous other ways to study records on first title.
Our panel shares their insights on the art and culture of quilt-making and talks about the special quilts created by Missourians for the bicentennial.
In this presentation, hear how organizations around the state are preserving the stories of our past and engaging new audiences.