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.
  • 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.
  • Show Me Missouri Speakers Bureau

    Show Me Missouri: Conversations about Missouri’s Past, Present, and Future is a speakers' bureau program jointly organized and managed by the Missouri Humanities Council and the State Historical Society of Missouri.  The purpose of the Speakers’ Bureau is to promote public education for rural, urban, and suburban audiences 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

    In-person tours are currently suspended at the Center for Missouri Studies and SHSMO statewide research centers due to social distancing and group gathering guidelines implemented in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • 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.