K-12

The State Historical Society of Missouri offers a wide range of learning opportunities for students and educators in K-12. From welcoming students and teachers to our research centers to sharing digital resources from our collections to helping students put their own stamp on history through the National History Day in Missouri program, we are excited to be part of K-12 history education!

  • Using Digital and Material Collections in Your Classroom

    Are you interested in using the State Historical Society of Missouri's primary and secondary sources in your classroom? In this free video, watch as Kathleen Seale, SHSMO senior archivist, explores how to access the digital and material collections available through SHSMO and discover tips for finding effective resources within these vast collections–without having to travel.
  • Historic Missourians

    Historic Missourians was created by the State Historical Society of Missouri to assist students of all ages in their study of Missouri history and notable people who influenced the Show-Me State! Historic Missourians provides a biographical entry on each Missourian for which the State Historical Society of Missouri has images and primary resources. These historic biographies will add to students' knowledge of the state and the remarkable people who contributed to its history.

  • 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.