Academic and Lifelong Learning

Learn more about events and opportunities sponsored by the State Historical Society of Missouri, and make plans to join us for our signature African American Experience in Missouri Lecture Series, submit a proposal to the Missouri Conference on History, join our expanding internship team, or schedule a visit.

  • African American Experience in Missouri Lecture Series

    Explore Missouri's past and prepare for the future through the African American Experience in Missouri lecture series. A collaboration of the State Historical Society of Missouri's Center for Missouri Studies and the University of Missouri's Division of Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity, it is designed to offer the community opportunities to reach a new understanding of present-day Missouri by learning about the history of African Americans within the state.
  • Center for Missouri Studies Fellowship

    The Center for Missouri Studies fellowship program seeks to promote and disseminate scholarship in underexplored areas of Missouri history and culture, including interdisciplinary study of the Show-Me State. Each fellowship carries a stipend of $5,000 for a project that results in the completion of a 6,000 to 8,000-word scholarly essay, exclusive of notes, on one of the topics selected each year.
  • Missouri Conference on History

    The Missouri Conference on History brings together teachers of history and other professional historians to share in the presentation of the results of research, to exchange information on teaching and curriculum, to consider ways to promote interest in history and the welfare of the profession, and to discuss other concerns common to all historians. All persons interested or involved in the teaching of history, historical research, historical preservation, or any other professional application of history are welcome.
  • Missouri Historical Review

    The Missouri Historical Review, an award-winning scholarly quarterly, has served as the cornerstone of SHSMO's publication program since 1906. This richly illustrated journal features current scholarship on all facets of the state's history. The Missouri Historical Review also contains reviews of and notes on recently published books about the history of the state and local areas and the lives of Missourians.
  • Missouri Speakers Bureau

    The Missouri Speaker Bureau is jointly organized and managed by the Missouri Humanities Council and the State Historical Society of Missouri. The purpose of the Missouri Speakers Bureau is to promote humanities education throughout the state of Missouri. If your civic organization, museum, historical society, library, or similar institution or group is looking for an expert to give a presentation on a topic related to the history, culture, geography, and/or people of Missouri, we hope you will consider what this program has to offer.

    Request a Speaker

    Please review Frequently Asked Questions before requesting a Speaker.

  • Request a Tour

    The State Historical Society of Missouri welcomes a visit from your class or group. SHSMO staff members are available to provide tours and presentations on collections and resources for research at each of our six statewide centers. In Columbia, we can provide tours of the Center for Missouri Studies building, art gallery, and event spaces for rental.
  • Research Guides

    Get started researching Missouri’s cultural, political, and genealogical heritage. Organized by topic, the guides listed below will help you find resources focused on a specific subject. In addition to helping you investigate a topic with links to newspapers, photographs, letters, diaries, publications, oral histories, and other reference resources, each guide includes a brief history of the subject and its ties to the Show-Me State.