Gifts to the State Historical Society of Missouri provide essential support for ongoing efforts to collect and preserve the record of Missouri's history and cultural heritage. They also foster scholarship and educational programs on the state's past. Loyal supporters like you enhance SHSMO's mission to educate and inspire patrons throughout the state, across the country, and around the world who seek to know more about the history of Missouri and its people.


Founded in May 1898, the State Historical Society of Missouri has preserved your history for over 100 years.

When you give to SHSMO, 98% of your investment directly supports the mission.

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Your gift supports:

Statewide Research Centers

Mission-critical support directly funds operations at six research centers across Missouri, allowing patrons to view collections and conduct research locally.

Events, Workshops, and Public Programs

Donations bolster year-round events, workshops, and programs organized by SHSMO and held across the state to provide access to thousands of students, scholars, genealogists, and other patrons in Missouri and beyond.

Missouri Newspapers

Donations help preserve and provide access to one of the nation's largest statewide collections of newspapers.

An Expanding Art Collection

Gifts to SHSMO allow strategic additions to the nation's most significant Missouri-related art collection and expand the resources to stage unique exhibitions.

Scholarship and Publications

Support of SHSMO underwrites the publication of scholarly books and the award-winning Missouri Historical Review, a quarterly journal in continuous publication since 1906.

Gifts also fund fellowships for graduate students and other researchers.

National History Day in Missouri

Supporting National History Day in Missouri promotes history education for Missouri students.

NHDMO is a unique opportunity for middle school, junior high, and high school students to explore the past in a creative, hands-on way by producing a documentary, exhibit, paper, dramatic performance, or website on a topic of their choosing.

Digitization and Online Resources

Gifts allow SHSMO to maintain and expand digitization efforts, providing access to an ever-growing number of online resources, freely available to patrons worldwide.

Collection Legacies and Conservation Efforts

With your support, SHSMO collections of manuscriptsmapsbooksart more continue to grow and are protected for future generations.

A Comprehensive Campaign

The comprehensive campaign for the Center for Missouri Studies will secure the second century of SHSMO with a state-of-the-art facility and permanently endowed funds benefiting research centers across the state.

SHSMO is committed to making the most efficient use of your investment.

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