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Art and educational exhibitions illustrate transformative moments in Missouri and U.S. history. The State Historical Society of Missouri houses exhibition galleries at the Center for Missouri Studies in Columbia. SHSMO also provides materials for display in galleries and exhibition spaces across the state.

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Nurse Helping Blood Donor
February 7 – May 23 | Ellis Library, University of Missouri–Columbia
Featuring artworks and photographs from historic collections at the State Historical Society of Missouri, this exhibition exposes the difficulties and achievements African Americans experienced related to healthcare and wellness throughout the 20th century.

Missouri Bicentennial Quilt at the Center for Missouri Studies
December 14, 2021 – September 15, 2022 | Touring Statewide (check schedule)

The Missouri Bicentennial Quilt returns to mid-Missouri to begin its final tour of State Historical Society of Missouri statewide research centers. Visit the Center for Missouri Studies through January 28 for a chance to see this unique Missouri treasure.

Osage-Le Soldat du Chene
August 3, 2021 – February 11, 2022 | Center for Missouri Studies, Columbia

Cultural Crossroads showcases artwork, objects, and imagery associated with a wide range of people who were part of what became the state of Missouri in 1821.

Photo of the bicentennial exhibit
August 3, 2021 – June 24, 2022 | Center for Missouri Studies, Columbia
Exploring the process of bicentennial planning, Show Me a Bicentennial! illustrates how Missourians came together to commemorate Missouri’s diverse past and present, and, importantly, where we want to be in the future.