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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Center for Missouri Studies at twilight with Missouri 2021 logo
December 14, 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm | Center for Missouri Studies, Columbia
Join us on Tuesday, December 14, for a free concert and art event to conclude Missouri’s bicentennial year. Featuring a brief concert from Columbia Chamber Choir, the evening includes a curated tour of artwork, objects, and imagery at the time of Missouri statehood and a chance to view the Missouri Bicentennial Quilt as it begins its final exhibition in mid-Missouri.

January 13, 1:00 pm | Virtual Program
Join Associate Director of the Cape Girardeau Research Center, Bill Eddleman, to learn about methods for locating families in manuscript collections and how to access collections. Online and free, registration required.

On Demand Programs

Many State Historical Society of Missouri programs are freely available on demand to worldwide audiences. The most recently published videos are available at the links below. See all on demand programs here.

In honor of the Missouri Bicentennial, watch as Judge Stephen N. Limbaugh, Jr. presents The Life and Times of Judge John Dillard Cook. A pioneer judge in early 1800s southeast Missouri, Judge Cook was appointed to the Missouri Supreme Court on November 16, 1820.
Watch as legendary Mizzou basketball coach Norm Stewart reflects on how his Show-Me State roots shaped his career.
Watch as Bill Eddleman discusses using probate records in genealogical research and learn the difference between testate and intestate estates; laws relating to inheritance; documents generated by the probate process and what they mean; and the role of courts and court records in probate.
Watch oral historian Sean Rost explore unexplained lights near Piedmont, Missouri.