SHSMO Centers Host Exhibits Around Missouri

As part of its mission to preserve and share the history of Missouri, the State Historical Society hosts free exhibits at its centers around the state. 

Missouri Bicentennial Quilt Final Tour

Closing soon in Rolla!

Showing now through June 14 at the SHSMO Rolla Research Center, the Missouri Bicentennial Quilt is on display as part of its final statewide tour. Visit today!

Located in room G3 of the Curtis Laws Wilson Library on the Missouri S&T campus. SHSMO-Rolla is open Tuesday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Appointments are not required to visit the quilt.

Featuring blocks from all 114 Missouri counties and the independent City of St. Louis, the Missouri Bicentennial Quilt has been on display in communities across the state since 2020. Now the quilt takes a final tour of State Historical Society of Missouri statewide research centers.

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Next stop: Springfield!

The next stop in the Missouri Bicentennial Quilt Final Tour is the SHSMO Springfield Research Center. On display from June 15 to July 29, see the quilt in room 306 of the Meyer Library on the Missouri State University campus. SHSMO-Springfield is open Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

On June 15, join us for a special quilt exhibition reception at SHSMO-Springfield from 4-6 p.m. Light refreshments will be provided, and the event is free.

MOda 200: Missouri Style Makers, Merchants and Memories

Closing soon in Columbia!

In collaboration with the Missouri Historic Costume and Textile Collection, this free exhibition highlights the evolution of Missouri style and the important role of the apparel industry—from rural dressmakers to urban retail and manufacturing giants—in the state’s economic development.

Ending next week on Friday, June 17, see MOda 200 in the Center for Missouri Studies Art Gallery before it closes!

The Center for Missouri Studies is located at 605 Elm Street in downtown Columbia. Its hours are Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Show Me a Bicentennial!

Closing soon in Columbia!

Exploring how communities across the Show-Me State came together to commemorate the Missouri bicentennial, Show Me a Bicentennial! is on display at the Center for Missouri Studies in the second-floor Wenneker Family Corridor Gallery. Closing Friday, July 1, this free exhibit examines Missouri's unique regional identities and celebrates what brings Missourians together.

In addition, you can purchase a copy of Show-Me a Bicentennial, a 120-page commemorative book, now available in limited quantities at the Richard Bookstore inside the Center for Missouri Studies and online.

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Archive of Possibilities

New in Springfield!

Presented in partnership with the Springfield-Greene County Library District, Archive of Possibilities by SHSMO-Springfield highlights collections related to Missouri waterways and their historical significance to the state.

Available in The Library Station branch at 2535 N Kansas Expy in Springfield, this new exhibit connects viewers with the 2022 Summer Reading Program theme "Oceans of Possibilities." Visit today and explore the wide range of resources and opportunities found within archives and materials from the collections of the State Historical Society of Missouri.

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Domesticated Animals & American Identity

On display in Columbia!

Many of the animals we associate with America are not American at all. Horses, cows, and most other domesticated livestock were introduced into North America by European colonists. Their presence in this selection of artworks by George Caleb Bingham and Thomas Hart Benton subtly represents European colonization and the complex cultural and environmental issues associated with “civilizing” the native “wilderness.”

This free exhibition is on display in the Guitar Family Gallery of Bingham and Benton Works on Paper at the Center for Missouri Studies, 605 Elm Street in downtown Columbia.

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In Their Own Words: Celebrating the National Women and Media Collection

Coming soon in Columbia!

Straight from their diaries, letters, and interviews, In Their Own Words showcases important female voices in media such as Kay Mills, Jean Gaddy Wilson, Marjorie Paxson, Rose Nolen, Tad Bartimus, Christine Craft, Mary Paxton Keeley, Lucile Bluford, Dorothy Jurney, and others. Visitors will learn of their struggles and triumphs in the media industry and how these journalists were able to navigate careers in a traditionally male-dominated industry.

In Their Own Words opens July 6 in the Wenneker Family Corridor Gallery at the Center for Missouri Studies in downtown Columbia.

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