Publications

The State Historical Society of Missouri’s publications program features the Missouri Historical Review, a journal of carefully researched articles written to inform and entertain readers who are interested in the history of Missouri and its region. The articles, which cover all historic time periods and a wide array of topics, are illustrated with photos, maps, and other images selected from the Society’s extensive archives. Reviews of recent books and “From the Stacks” articles exploring the Society’s collections complete the reader’s experience. Visit the online archives for more than 1,500 articles published since the inaugural MHR issue in 1906.

The Missouri Times, a quarterly newsletter, keeps SHSMO members and other interested audiences abreast of recent happenings and upcoming events at the State Historical Society of Missouri. The Times offers insights into new collections, current art exhibitions, ongoing educational programs, and the people who engage in the Society’s work.

The State Historical Society also publishes a select list of books that advance understanding of Missouri’s history and augment the Society’s efforts to collect, preserve, and circulate texts and other materials of historic importance to the state. Online publishing projects include the biographical Historic Missourians website for juvenile readers and the Missouri Encyclopedia, a comprehensive reference work still under development.

Missouri Historical Review - Latest Issue

Vol. 117, No. 2, January 2023

Feature Articles

  • Down the Mississippi: An Account of a River Journey in the Summer of 1895 by P. W. Pogson, Part 2, edited and annotated by Kimberly Harper and John Brenner
  • George Warren Parker, the Pachyderms, and the Evolution of the Republican Party, by George E. Connor and Jeremy D. Walling
  • “Twenty-Five Percent of Our State’s History, and One Hundred Percent of My Political Life”: Senator Roy D. Blunt Reflects on His Half-Century in Missouri Politics

From the Stacks

Research Center–Rolla

  • Remembering the Mother Road: Route 66 in Missouri, by Kathleen Seale

Book Reviews

  • Life on the Mississippi: An Epic American Adventure, by Rinker Buck
    Reviewed by Gregg Andrews
  • The Trials of Harry S. Truman: The Extraordinary Presidency of an Ordinary Man, 1945–1953, by Jeffrey Frank
    Reviewed by Larry Blomstedt
  • The Fundamental Institution: Poverty, Social Welfare, and Agriculture in American Poor Farms, by Megan Birk
    Reviewed by David E. Hamilton
  • Climbing the Ladder, Chasing the Dream: The History of Homer G. Phillips Hospital, by Candace O’Connor
    Reviewed by Vanessa Northington Gamble
  • The St. Louis Commune of 1877: Communism in the Heartland, by Mark Kruger
    Reviewed by Dan Graff

Book Notes

  • Iconic Restaurants of Kansas City, by Andrea Broomfield
  • Perry County Bicentennial 1821–2021: The Past 100 Years, by the Perry County Historical Society
  • A Perfectly Ordinary Paradise: An Intimate View of Life on Brawley Creek, by John Hess
  • Ozark Voices: Oral Histories from the Heartland, by Alex Sandy Primm
  • Drive-Ins of Route 66, by Michael Kilgore
  • Selected Photographs from the Missouri Pacific Historical Society Archives, by Charles A. Duckworth

News in Brief

Cover Description

Clearing snow on Mechanic Street in Miami, Missouri, circa 1945. [James T. Thorp Scrapbooks Collection, C1429]

Missouri Times - Latest Issue

Missouri Times Winter 2023

Missouri Times Thomas Hart Benton - self portrait lithograph

Features:

2022 Annual Meeting and My Missouri Lecture presented by U.S. Senator Roy Blunt

Complete Collection of Thomas Hart Benton Editioned Lithographs on Display in Joplin

Popular Old-Time Radio Programs Originating in Springfield

Personal Letters Detail Preservation of Home and Headquarters of the Pony Express & More!

Download the Winter 2023 issue

Featured Books

Four Turbulent Decades: A Cartoon History of America, 1962–2001, From the Pen of Tom Engelhardt

Momentous events from the civil rights movement and the President Kennedy assassination to 9/11 are distilled into elemental images in the work of Tom Engelhardt, longtime political cartoonist with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Selections of Engelhardt’s evocative drawings from the State Historical Society of Missouri’s art collection are accompanied by narratives from art historian and SHSMO curator Joan Stack that add context and reveal artistic influences and techniques.

Achieve the Honorable: A Missouri Congressman's Journey from Warm Springs to Washington

Growing up during the Great Depression and World War II, Ike Skelton dreamed of joining the military. That dream was shattered when he contracted one of the most dreaded diseases of the era: polio. Far from abandoning hope, he received treatment at Warm Springs, Georgia, overcame his disability, and went on to become a college athlete, a celebrated lawyer, a Missouri state senator, and a US congressman.

Longer than a Man's Lifetime in Missouri

Gert Goebel arrived in Franklin County, Missouri, in 1834, an eighteen-year-old caught up in the early stages of a transformative immigration wave that eventually brought more than one hundred thousand newcomers from Germany to Missouri (and several million to America). Four decades later, Goebel drew from his range of experiences as a pioneer farmer, wide-ranging hunter, county surveyor, and state legislator to write a vivid and insightful memoir describing German settlement, state politics, and Civil War events within Missouri.

“But I Forget That I am a Painter and Not a Politician”: The Letters of George Caleb Bingham

The majority of the letters in this volume were written to Bingham’s close friend James S. Rollins, a wealthy mid-Missouri lawyer, politician, and father of the University of Missouri. In these letters, the artist-cum-politician describes his work on paintings and discusses political issues and candidates of the day—from the early years of the Whig Party in Missouri to the Unionists and Radicals of the Civil War period to the Democrats of the Reconstruction era.