Latest News & Announcements

Golden Episode of "Tales from Days Gone By" Airs Today on KCRCU in Cape Girardeau

SHSMO congratulates Bill Eddleman, coordinator of the Cape Girardeau Research Center for producing and hosting the 50th episode of “Tales from Days Gone By,” airing on KRCU Public Radio and available for download on the station’s website. The series explores the rich history of Southeast Missouri including unique places, celebrated figures, and interesting stories of ordinary people.  

Author Talk “Indigenous Missourians: Ancient Societies to the Present to be featured at State Historical Society of Missouri

An upcoming public program will look at the centuries of Indigenous presence in the state as part of the History on Elm series in February. Author and historian Greg Olson will discuss the resiliency of Indigenous Missourians who survived and evolved despite extreme challenges they encountered. The public program titled: Points, Pots, Pipes, and Powwows, will be held Tuesday, Feb. 13, noon- 1 p.m.

SHSMO Announces 2024 Fellowship Awards

The State Historical Society of Missouri is awarding Center for Missouri Studies fellowships to two history scholars in 2024. Jenna Lyons, a visiting assistant professor at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan, has won a fellowship award for her proposed study, “‘Dear Mr. President’: Bertha Bless, the Missouri Press Club, and the National Federation of Press Women.” John W.

State Historical Society Publishes Book on Civil War in Missouri and Arkansas

The State Historical Society of Missouri has released a new book with a vivid account of the tense Missouri-Arkansas border region during the Civil War. “My Own Commander”: The Civil War Journal of J. J. Sitton, 1863–1865 recounts the experiences of a young Confederate soldier from Washington County, Missouri, who traveled the Ozarks as a military recruiter and then rode with General Sterling Price on a last-ditch effort to capture Missouri for the South.

Gary Kremer Author Talk “This Place of Promise: A Historian’s Perspective on 200 Years of Missouri History”

The State Historical Society of Missouri’s History on Elm noon series will close out the year with a presentation by SHSMO executive director Gary Kremer, who will connect the past to the present in his latest book, This Place of Promise: A Historian's Perspective on 200 Years of Missouri History.

SHSMO Hosts 5th Annual Holiday Open House at Center for Missouri Studies December 2

The State Historical Society of Missouri will host its 5th Annual Holiday Open House Saturday, Dec. 2, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Center for Missouri Studies, 605 Elm St., Columbia. Visit more than a dozen booths featuring gift items created by local and regional artisans while strolling through the festively decorated Center for Missouri Studies. Refreshments will be served, and the event is free to the public. Books and Missouri-themed gifts will also be available for purchase in the bookstore with extended hours that day.