SHSMO Launches the Missouri Encyclopedia

We are happy to announce a new resource for learning about Missouri history and culture! The online Missouri Encyclopedia is a freely accessible, engaging, and authoritative resource for understanding Missouri’s past and people.

“We hope that the Missouri Encyclopedia becomes the starting point for researchers who seek to learn more about the history and culture of our diverse state and its people,” said SHSMO executive director Gary R. Kremer.

A project of the State Historical Society of Missouri and launched in conjunction with the Missouri 2021 Bicentennial, the Missouri Encyclopedia is intended for educators, students, and the general public.

Explore the Louisiana Purchase and Missouri-Kansas Border War and learn how these events shaped the nation and Missouri's place within it. Be enchanted by the biographies of Missourians who became movie stars, including Joan Crawford and Jean Harlow.  Dive into sporting events like the 1887 World Cycling Championship Road Race and the 1944 World Series. Learn about local Missouri landmarks like Ben Bolt TheatreVan Horn Tavern, and more.

“Our goal is to build a comprehensive online history encyclopedia that includes all of the state’s regions and time periods, and that covers a wide range of topics concerning the people, places, events, and traditions significant to Missouri and its past,” said John Brenner, managing editor at the State Historical Society of Missouri.

To help the resource grow, the Missouri Encyclopedia is actively seeking suggestions for local and regional topics. Topics suggested to the site’s editors will be evaluated for inclusion in the online publication.

“We believe that with the public’s help, the Encyclopedia can provide current and future audiences with an essential resource on the history of Missouri and its region,” said Michael Sweeney, coordinator for the Missouri 2021 Bicentennial.

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