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Center for Missouri Studies Open for Business

The staff at the Center for Missouri Studies is so excited to open our headquarters to visitors and patrons, once again! Thank you to the 1,200-plus visitors and dignitaries who welcomed us to our new home on Saturday, August 10.

Our Columbia Research Center and Main Art Gallery are open to visitors Tuesday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. and Saturday 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. The administrative offices are open from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.

Spirit of unity dominates grand opening of Center for Missouri Studies

Columbia Missourian—Every year, Aug. 10 marks the anniversary of Missouri’s entrance into the Union. This year, as noted by the society’s executive director Gary Kremer, the date bore even more significance, as it marked a transformational moment for the State Historical Society of Missouri and for residents hoping to learn more about the state.

“This is the first time in our history that we will occupy a building specifically designed and built for the State Historical Society in Missouri,” Kremer said. “That is a really good feeling.”

New Location Takes History Into the Future for State Historical Society

KBIA—The State Historical Society of Missouri houses the state’s largest collection of oral histories, newspapers dating back to the year 1808, 12,000 Civil War manuscript pages, and more than 30,000 pieces of artall adding up to more than 74 football fields worth of material, according to SHSMO.

A tale of two cupolas: The Common Pleas Courthouse and the St. Charles Hotel

Southeast Missourian—Local lore suggests the cupola on the Common Pleas Courthouse came from the old St. Charles Hotel. The origin of this story is apparently the book, "Cape Girardeau: Biography of a City," by Felix E. Snider and Earl A. Collins. In a discussion...

Historical Society of Missouri to unveil new headquarters

Jefferson City News Tribune—The State Historical Society of Missouri will unveil its new headquarters Aug. 10 after operating in a small space in the University of Missouri's Ellis Library for more than 100 years.

"We needed a new, updated building so we can showcase the treasures of Missouri's history and showcase the art that we have here and have the environmental controls to preserve the history that we have here," Senior Associate Executive Director Gerald Hirsh said.