As part of its mission to generate interest and appreciation for the rich cultural heritage of the state and its people, the Society hosts a wide range of engaging and educational events for scholars and community members of all ages.

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December 3, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm | The State Historical Society of Missouri, St. Louis Research Center
Join us at the SHSMO St. Louis Research Center for a holiday open house from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM on Saturday, December 3. Visitors can enjoy guided tours and collection displays highlighting new acquisitions. This event is free and open to the public, with refreshments available.

Holiday Open House Richard Bookstore at SHSMO
December 3, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm | Center for Missouri Studies, Columbia

Put a little MO on your shopping list this holiday season, and support Missouri history with your purchase from our bookstore! The Richard Bookstore inside the Center for Missouri Studies is hosting a Holiday Open House, Saturday, Dec. 3, 10 a.m.4 p.m. Some of our wonderful vendors will be here to share more of their artisan work, including Doodle Station, Jenny McGee Art, Mackenzie's Bakery, Midwest Mercantile, Southern Grace Boutique, Sugarberry Blooms, Villasana Woodworks, and Wildflower Revival.

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February 8, 8:00 am – 2:00 pm | Missouri State Capitol, Jefferson City
Meet National History Day in Missouri students, learn more about how the innovative NHD program encourages them to explore history, and share your passion for history education with state legislators at this daylong event in the Missouri State Capitol.

Recent On Demand Programs

SHSMO has a selection of on demand programs that are freely available to worldwide audiences.

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Larry Gragg, author and Professor Emeritus of History at Missouri University of Science and Technology, presented a program on Nov. 2, 2022, at the State Historical Society of Missouri Center for Missouri Studies that examines the impacts of desegregation in Missouri higher education.

U.S. Senator Roy D. Blunt delivered the annual My Missouri Lecture on Sat. Oct. 29 at the State Historical Society of Missouri Center for Missouri Studies, 605 Elm St., Columbia. The senior senator from Missouri reflected on how his upbringing shaped his career in education and politics.

In 2022, the National Women and Media Collection is celebrating its 35th anniversary at the State Historical Society of Missouri. This invaluable collection includes records of media organizations and professional and personal papers of notable women who worked as reporters, editors, publishers, press spokespersons, and other positions in the print, broadcast, and online media industries.

Watch as Bill Eddleman explores how to write and share your family history.

National History Day in Missouri (NHDMO) is a unique opportunity for middle and high school students to explore the past in a creative, hands-on way by producing a documentary, exhibit, paper, performance, or website on a topic of their choosing. Watch as NHDMO Coordinator Danielle Griego, PhD, announces the 2022 state contest award winners.