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.
Phone: (573) 884-7904
General Contact Information
Phone: (573) 882-7083
Address: 605 Elm Street, Columbia, MO 65201
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.
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 Beth Pike. 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.
- November 10, 2022 MO Love: Letters from the Archive Performances by GreenHouse Theatre Project
- November 8, 2022 - Thomas Hart Benton Lithographs Exhibition at Spiva Center for the Arts in Joplin
- October 27, 2022 - Film Screening to Feature 100th Anniversary T. S. Eliot's "The Wasteland"
- October 25, 2022 - Author Larry Gragg to Explore Impacts of Desegregation in Missouri Higher Education
- October 19, 2022 - My Missouri Lecture to Feature Senator Roy D. Blunt
- October 11, 2022 - Missouri Quilt Museum Opening Reception for Bicentennial Quilt
- October 5, 2022 – Upcoming Gallery Talk and Book Signing at State Historical Society of Missouri Photo Exhibition Depicting Social, Racial, and Cultural Landscape from 1920s to 1950s
- September 29, 2022 – State Historical Society of Missouri to Host Digitization Event in Clinton
- September 27, 2022 – Free Missouri Music Concert Series in Columbia to Feature Old-Time Music
- September 21, 2022 – State Historical Society of Missouri Collecting Material for Route 66 Centennial
- September 15, 2022 – State Historical Society of Missouri to Host Digitization Event in West Plains
- September 13, 2022 – New Fall Exhibitions at the State Historical Society Depict Social, Racial, and Cultural Landscape of the American South from 1920s to 1950s
- August 11, 2022 – State Historical Society of Missouri to Host Digitization Event in Southwest Missouri
- August 9, 2022 – The State Historical Society of Missouri to Award Local History Grants
- July 28, 2022 – State Historical Society of Missouri to Host Digitization Event in Rolla
- July 26, 2022 – The State Historical Society of Missouri Kansas City Research Center to host the final tour of the Missouri Bicentennial Quilt Exhibition
- July 14, 2022 – State Historical Society of Missouri Releases Free Online Genealogy Series
- June 22, 2022 – Missouri Students Compete in National History Day Contest
- June 14, 2022 – Missouri to Dedicate Bicentennial Mural Painted by 16,116 Citizens
- June 13, 2022 – Odessa Students Selected for Virtual Smithsonian Exhibit
- June 9, 2022 – State Historical Society of Missouri Publishes New Online Interactive Map Exploring Juneteenth and Emancipation Day in Missouri
- June 7, 2022 – The State Historical Society of Missouri Springfield Research Center to host the final tour of the Missouri Bicentennial Quilt Exhibition
- June 1, 2022 – Missouri Digital Newspaper Project Grows to Over 4 million Pages Online
- May 11, 2022 – National History Day in Missouri Student Award Winners Announced; Teachers from Rosendale and Liberty Nominated for National Award
- April 28, 2022 – Used Book Sale and Public Reception for Missouri Fashion Exhibit at the State Historical Society May 7
- April 19, 2022 – National History Day in Missouri Gets Underway with Contest Theme Debate and Diplomacy in History
- April 12, 2022 – The State Historical Society of Missouri Announces Fellowship Opportunities
- March 23, 2022 – New SHSMO Art Gallery Exhibit Showcases Missouri’s Mark in the Fashion Industry
- March 3, 2022 – The State Historical Society of Missouri Cape Girardeau Research Center to host the final tour of the Missouri Bicentennial Quilt Exhibition
- January 27, 2022 – Black History Month Events and Resources at the State Historical Society of Missouri
- January 13, 2022 – State Historical Society of Missouri Hosts Talk on Statehood-Era Treaties with Indigenous Nations
- January 5, 2022 – State Historical Society of Missouri Announces 2022 Fellowship Recipients
- October 28, 2021 – Basketball Icon Norm Stewart to Speak at the State Historical Society of Missouri
- October 27, 2021 – State Historical Society of Missouri Expands Historic Missourians Website
- October 12, 2021 – State Historical Society of Missouri Commemorates Bicentennial with Free Exhibits and Expanded Saturday Hours
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.
Talking about the State Historical Society
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