Press Room

This page is for media sources who are interested in reporting on SHSMO. If you are a journalist with specific, topical research needs, please refer to this information about researching with SHSMO materials.

The State Historical Society of Missouri welcomes inquiries from members of the press about SHSMO events, collections and other news.

Contact Information

Media Contact

Beth Pike
Phone: (573) 884-7904

General Contact Information

Phone: (573) 882-7083
Address: 605 Elm Street, Columbia, MO 65201

Social Media

The State Historical Society regularly contributes newsworthy content on social media. Please view the social media contact page for links to the platforms where SHSMO is active. Follow the Society on these channels for the latest updates.

Press Releases

The State Historical Society distributes press releases to interested press members. If you would like to receive Society press releases, contact Beth Pike

About the Society

The State Historical Society of Missouri is a membership organization founded in May 1898 by the Missouri Press Association and established as a trustee of the state in 1899. SHSMO collects, preserves, and publishes materials that enhance research and support learning opportunities in the study of Missouri and the Midwest.

Society operations support six research centers across Missouri, in Cape Girardeau, Columbia, Kansas City, Rolla, Saint Louis, and Springfield. The regional centers allow patrons to view collections and conduct research locally.

SHSMO Mission

The mission of the State Historical Society of Missouri is to collect, preserve, publish, exhibit, and make available material related to all aspects and periods of Missouri history. SHSMO also seeks to generate interest in and appreciation of the rich cultural heritage of the state and its people through education and outreach.


The Society actively collects materials related to Missouri history. The Society preserves paintings, political cartoons, fine art prints, photographs, newspapers, maps, and the written records of individuals, families, and organizations.

Since its founding by the Missouri Press Association, the State Historical Society continues to collect daily newspapers in the state. Its collection now includes more than 4,600 plus unique newspaper titles with 56 million news pages on microfilm. The rapidly growing Missouri Digital Newspaper Project provides free online public access to the state’s historic newspapers. Approximately 2.25 million pages between the years 1808 and 1995 are available online.

As of July 2019, collections include:

  • 7,000+ oral histories – the state’s largest collection
  • 4,600+ newspaper titles – 1808 to the present
  • 383,850+ photographs capturing Midwestern lives and places
  • 2,000 rare books – oldest published in 1580
  • 10,000+ manuscript collections
  • 12,000 Civil War manuscript pages online
  • 30,000+ pieces of art
  • 8,000+ maps dating back to early 1700s

Publications, Public Programs, and Scholarship

In addition to caring for collections and working to provide easier access to records, SHSMO offers programs, lectures, and workshops as well as tours for school and community groups and in-depth orientation for secondary and university students conducting research.

Key Programs

Missouri 2021 Bicentennial

August 10, 2021, marked the 200th anniversary of Missouri’s entry as the 24th state to enter the United States. SHSMO was designated by the Missouri General Assembly as the state's planning agent for the Missouri 2021 Bicentennial commemorating 200 years of statehood. Many of the projects created for the bicentennial are available to view at 

About Our Name

Please keep in mind these helpful tips when writing or speaking about the State Historical Society of Missouri.

  • Do use the full name of the organization: The State Historical Society of Missouri.
  • Do use the accepted organization acronym: SHSMO.
  • Do use one of the accepted organization short form names: The Society or State Historical Society.
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  • Don't use “Missouri Historical Society” – this is a different organization, located in St. Louis.
  • Don't use “Missouri State Historical Society” or "The State of Missouri Historical Society" – there are no organizations with these names.

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