Event Calendar

Featured Events

Join us on January 30th, 2020 at 5-7pm for the grand opening of the Music in Missouri Exhibit, featured in the Wenneker Family Corridor Gallery. The State Historical Society’s building is designed to evoke a sense of confluence—of rivers, cultures, ideas, and people. This new exhibit explores Missouri’s contribution to American music. As viewers observe Missouri’s role in shaping American sound, they will also see the ways in which musical interactions broke down barriers—especially those based on race, gender, and region—and made Missouri a unique place for creativity, reinvention, and progress. Snacks and refreshments will be provided.

Join us in our Lobby on Saturday, February 1st from 10am-2pm for another Bookstore Pop-Up Event. We will be hosting Paper Baristas and Frenchy Treats - CoMo for a fun day filled with delicious French croissants, macaroons and 2020 planners, journals and cards to get your year started off of right.

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Help the American Red Cross save lives by donating blood on Friday, January 24 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the State Historical Society of Missouri Center for Missouri Studies. To make an appointment, call (800) 733-2767 or go to the RedCrossBlood.org with sponsor code: SHSMO. Walk-ins are also welcome.

The State Historical Society of Missouri Research Center in Columbia has recently been designated a Family Search Affiliate Library. This allows SHSMO patrons to view digitized materials on the familysearch.org website that are locked to the general public. Senior Librarian, Amy L. Waters, will provide tips on searching in these digitized materials, along with information on using all the features of familysearch.org. RSVP Required.
Meet National History Day in Missouri students, learn more about how this innovative program encourages them to explore history, and share your passion for history education with legislators at this daylong event in the Missouri State Capitol.

The Missouri Humanities Council is hosting a digitization event at Wesley United Methodist Church in Jefferson City on Saturday, February 8, 2020. The event is free, but registration is required. Attendees are encouraged to bring artifacts related to their family's German heritage to be digitized. Additionally, Missouri Humanities Council and State Historical Society of Missouri Oral Historian Sean Rost will be on hand to record audio conversations with attendees about the artifacts and their family history.

Ever wonder whether you have descendants from the Civil War era and how to trace them? Join Bill Eddleman, Associate Director of Cape Girardeau Research Center, who will give a thorough overview of how to research a Civil War ancestor. The workshop includes how to determine whether an ancestor served in the war, key documents generated by and for Civil War veterans, and how to find their regiment online, among other research methods. Dr. Eddleman is also an active member of the Cape County Genealogical Society where he served as president for 14 years.

Stop by the exhibition hall and visit with SHSMO staff members at the Missouri Council for the Social Studies Conference 20/20 Vision to the Present. The conference includes strategies for teaching social studies, networking with other educators, and hearing from keynote speakers, including former Missouri Governor Jay Nixon and Bethany Petty, who is an author and high school social studies teacher in Southeast Missouri. Attendees will also have an opportunity to hear from Holocaust survivors about their experiences.

Join National History Day in Missouri at the Rolla regional contest at Missouri University of Science and Technology. Come support ambitious students, see their creative projects, and be part of the day! Top students from the region will be presenting their historical research through five categories: documentaries, exhibits, papers, performances, and websites.
Missouri State Archives is hosting an awesome NHDMO event at Columbia College. Come see great performances and exhibits for the live portion of the central region contest.
The Truman Library is hosting National History Day in Missouri’s Kansas City regional contest at William Chrisman High School. Come support ambitious students, see their creative projects, and be part of the day!
Visit the University of Missouri–St. Louis for the National History Day in Missouri St. Louis regional contest! Contest winners will represent the region at the NHDMO state contest at the University of Missouri on April 25, 2020. For a detailed schedule of the day, please contact nhdmo@shsmo.org.

Join Dr. Gary Kremer, Executive Director of the State Historical Society of Missouri, Dr. Sydney Norton, Associate Professor of German at St. Louis University and author of German Immigrant Abolitionists: Fighting for a Free Missouri, Dr. John Wright, author of Kinlock: Missouri’s First Black Town, and Cecilia Nadal, sociologist and playwright of An Amazing Story: German Abolitionists of Missouri for a symposium that explores the contributions German immigrants made to the abolition of slavery in Missouri. The event is free and open to the public.

Join NHDMO at the Springfield regional contest! Visit Missouri State University to support creative Missouri students as they find a passion for history. Contest winners will represent the region at the NHDMO state contest at the University of Missouri on April 25, 2020.
Come to the National History Day in Missouri Maryville regional contest on March 6, 2020, at Northwest Missouri State University and support creative Missouri students! Contest winners will represent the region at the NHDMO state contest at the University of Missouri on April 25, 2020. For a detailed schedule of the day, please contact nhdmo@shsmo.org.
Join National History Day in Missouri at the Joplin regional contest! Contest winners will represent the region at the NHDMO state contest at the University of Missouri on April 25, 2020. For a detailed schedule of the day, please contact nhdmo@shsmo.org.
Join us at the 62nd Annual Missouri Conference on History, which is hosted by Lindenwood University and sponsored by the State Historical Society of Missouri, from March 11-13, 2020 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel St. Louis-Chesterfield.

The State Historical Society of Missouri and Missouri Historic Costume and Textile Collection commemorate the centennial anniversary of women’s suffrage with the collaborative exhibition Missouri Women: Suffrage to Statecraft. Displays include related clothing and artwork from statewide collections that highlight roles of Missouri women in the national suffrage movement, as well as trailblazing women in Missouri politics before and after ratification of the federal amendment.

Bring your laptop and we’ll provide the snacks! Head over to the State Historical Society of Missouri for a music themed Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon. This is your chance to actively engage in historical research and highlight the lives of underrepresented Missouri musicians. Stay tuned for more information on how to participate!

Come support ambitious students, see their creative projects, and be part of the NHDMO Cape Girardeau regional contest on March 24 at Southeast Missouri State University! Contest winners will represent the region at the NHDMO state contest at the University of Missouri on April 25, 2020.

Join SHSMO’s senior conservator Erin Kraus for a presentation on the preservation of historical documents. Participants will learn how to handle, store, and preserve a range of materials to maximize their life spans. RSVP Required.

Experience what Columbia has to offer, including the State Historical Society of Missouri, at Showcase CoMo 2020. A staff member will be on hand to talk about the new Center for Missouri Studies and the programs and resources offered by the State Historical Society of Missouri. Showcase CoMo brings businesses, organizations, and the general public together to share products, services, resources and involvements opportunities in the mid-Missouri community.

Come witness how NHDMO transforms Missouri students. By exploring this year’s theme of Breaking Barriers in History, students will learn about their world and themselves while creating hands-on research projects and competing in successive local, state, and national contests. Add to their learning experience, sign up to judge at the state contest.

Learn the basics of using tax lists for genealogy, including the types of information collected on tax lists, real estate, personal property, and combined tax lists, as well as the genealogical information that can be gleaned from tax records. Join Bill Eddleman, Associate Director of Cape Girardeau Research Center, who will give specific examples of what to look for when researching tax lists.

This workshop introduces oral history methodology from pre-interview through the final project. Since interview topics can be quite diverse, this workshop will focus on skills that are useful to nearly every type of oral history project. SHSMO Oral Historian, Sean Rost, will cover the important steps involved in pre-interview, interview, and post-interview, including research, technology, set-up, transcription, and legal/ethical considerations. If time allows, attendees can observe an oral history interview session. Registration Required.