Message from SHSMO Executive Director Gary Kremer

Dear SHSMO Members, Donors, and Patrons,

The events and scope of the COVID-19 pandemic are unprecedented in our lifetime. Of tantamount importance to us is your continued good health and avoidance of the COVID-19 virus. We have taken steps to keep you and everyone on our staff safe by moving to remote work status. But please know that although we are not physically open at the Center for Missouri Studies or our regional research centers, our work continues, and our mission remains the same. Per the guidelines received from the UM System today, we are closed until at least April 13.

I wanted to share some of the ways we will continue to offer service to the citizens of Missouri: History is unfolding in front of us in live time, and as it does, I invite you to explore and learn from Missouri’s past by exploring our website. Here you will find many digitized articles from the Missouri Historical Review and the Missouri Times. With a few clicks, you have the opportunity to learn about a variety of Missouri topics from the most comfortable seat in your home. We also still plan to publish upcoming issues of the Review and the Times without interruption.

Two articles of historical significance during these times can be located at the links below:

The January 2011 issue of the Review contains an article about the St. Louis experience during the 1918-1919 flu epidemic.

Likewise, the October 1968 issue carries an article about the Kansas City experience.

Under the "Learn and Engage" tab on our home page, you can find links to Our Missouri podcasts, which contain interesting and compelling tales shared in an audio format.

The popular St. Louis Living show features topics of interest to the St. Louis area audience each Monday evening at 7 p.m. on KETC Nine Network (PBS). The segment featuring our collection of two-time Pulitzer-prize winner Daniel Fitzpatrick’s political cartoons is online here.

For youth and the young at heart, we offer a fun website to learn about Historic Missourians. While our future historians are at home and out of school, they can learn about historic Missourians every day if they choose.

Follow us on Facebook to get daily SHSMO updates and discover interesting links to Missouri history. Should the current public health situation continue, we hope to add some real-time virtual events. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions.

Whether you are a researcher, an art lover, a student, or just a Missouri history fan, you may look to us for education and diversion during this critical time. We will be sharing messages and updates via email and on our website and Facebook page in the coming weeks. It is my hope that these current events will be known in the future as a time when we rose to the challenges, worked together, demonstrated the best qualities of Missourians, and left an example for others to follow.

Stay well.


Gary R. Kremer
Executive Director