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The State Historical Society of Missouri welcomes inquiries from members of the press about SHSMO events, collections and other news.
Phone: (573) 882-7083, Option 6
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General Contact Information
Phone: (573) 882-7083
Address: 605 Elm Street, Columbia, MO 65201
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The State Historical Society distributes press releases to interested press members. If you would like to receive Society press releases as they are shared, please contact John Brenner. Press releases will also be posted to this webpage, where they are available for up to 12 months.
Available press releases from the previous 12 months.
- March 25, 2021 – SHSMO Education Website Historic Missourians Given a Fresh New Look, Made More Accessible
- March 10, 2021 – State Historical Society of Missouri Launches the Missouri Encyclopedia
- February 2, 2021 – New Art Exhibition Features Native Wildlife When Missouri Became a State in 1821
- July 10, 2020 – Staff Reduction and New Hours at SHSMO
- June 24, 2020 – Missouri Students Receive Top Honors at the 2020 Virtual National History Day Contest
- June 17, 2020 – Films by National History Day Students in Missouri Named for Smithsonian Documentary Showcase
- June 4, 2020 – SHSMO Center for Missouri Studies Receives LEED Gold Certification for Environmental Sustainability
- May 19, 2020 – State Historical Society of Missouri Completes Nationwide World War II Letters Digital Collection
- May 6, 2020 – State Historical Society of Missouri Offers Free Virtual Programming while Facilities Remain Closed
- April 30, 2020 – Missouri Students Compete in First Virtual National History Day Competition
- April 21, 2020 – State Historical Society of Missouri Needs Public’s Help to Document COVID-19 Pandemic in Missouri
- April 13, 2020 – National History Day in Missouri State Contest Moves Online
- March 26, 2020 – Essex Middle School Teacher Nominated for National History Day Teacher of the Year
- March 16, 2020 – State Historical Society of Missouri Closed March 17 - April 24 Due to Safety Concerns of COVID-19 Pandemic
- March 3, 2020 – Missouri Women: Suffrage to Statecraft Opens March 14 at Center for Missouri Studies
- February 10, 2020 – Foundations Commit $2.5 Million to New Headquarters for State Historical Society’s Kansas City Research Center
- December 5, 2019 – Columbia Scholar Awarded Center for Missouri Studies Fellowship in 2020
- November 11, 2019 – Biographer of Jazz Musician Charlie Parker to Speak at Center for Missouri Studies
- November 5, 2019 – Former Joplin History Professor to Lead State Historical Society of Missouri
- October 22, 2019 – Former US Senator Claire McCaskill to Deliver Inaugural My Missouri Lecture at Center for Missouri Studies
- October 17, 2019 – Miller Nichols Charitable Foundation Commits $250,000 to the State Historical Society of Missouri Research Center-Kansas City
- October 9, 2019 – State Historical Society of Missouri hosts conversation about life in segregated Columbia for the African-American Experience in Missouri Lecture Series
- September 3, 2019 – State Historical Society of Missouri Launches 2019-20 African-American Experience in Missouri Lecture Series
- August 1, 2019 – Center for Missouri Studies Grand Opening set for the 198th anniversary of Missouri’s Statehood
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.
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.
- Missouri Historical Review – award-winning scholarly quarterly published since 1906.
- National History Day in Missouri – about 2,500 Missouri students in grades 6-12 participate in local, regional and national competitions each year.
- Historic Missourians – more than 140 biographies on notable Missourians for young readers.
- African American Experience in Missouri Lecture Series – connects top scholars, historians and genealogists with the public to foster understanding of Missouri’s past and present African American history.
- Missouri Encyclopedia – an ever-expanding online resource for exploring the history and culture of Missouri.
- Our Missouri – a bi-weekly podcast exploring the state and its history, featuring notable experts and scholars.
- Missouri Conference on History – connects scholars and teachers to facilitate sharing the latest scholarship on Missouri history.
- Show Me Missouri Speakers Bureau – promotes public education for rural, urban, and suburban audiences throughout the state of Missouri.
- Awards, Grants, and Fellowships – recognize and promote outstanding scholarship on Missouri history.
Missouri 2021 Bicentennial
August 10, 2021, will mark 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.
Visit the Missouri 2021 website to learn more.
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