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. 114, No. 2, January 2020

Feature Articles

  • Preventing a “School of Nullification”: Politics, Slavery, and the Presidency of the University of Missouri, 1839–1856, by Zachary Dowdle
  • A Parisian Woman in Colonial Ste. Genevieve, by Carl J. Ekberg
  • Hard Work, Community, Family: Shared Values for a Divided State, by Claire McCaskill

From the Stacks

Research Center–Columbia

  • LGBTQ History in the Helen Stephens Collection, by Heather Richmond

Book Reviews

  • The Life of Mark Twain: The Middle Years, 1871–1891, by Gary Scharnhorst
    Reviewed by John Bird
  • Taking Possession: The Politics of Memory in a St. Louis Town House, by Heidi Aronson Kolk
    Reviewed by Robert Paulett
  • Hipbillies: Deep Revolution in the Arkansas Ozarks, by Jared M. Phillips
    Reviewed by Michael B. Smith
  • Settlers as Conquerors: Free Land Policy in Antebellum America, by Julius Wilm
    Reviewed by Laurel Clark Shire
  • The Heartland: An American History, by Kristin L. Hoganson
    Reviewed by Stephen Warren

Book Notes

  • Will That Be Regular or Ethyl?: Growing Up along Route 66 in 1950s Missouri, by DeWayne Landwehr
  • Colonels in Blue: Missouri and the Western States and Territories, by Roger D. Hunt
  • James A. Reed: Legendary Lawyer; Marplot in the United States Senate, by J. Michael Cronan
  • Unexampled CourageThe Blinding of Sgt. Isaac Woodard and the Awakening of President Harry S. Truman and Judge J. Waties Waring, by Richard Gergel
  • Smokelore: A Short History of Barbecue in America, by Jim Auchmutey

News in Brief

Cover Description

Winter Sunset Looking North: Cottonwood Grove, by Brian Mahieu, oil on canvas. [SHSMO Art Collection, 2017.0003]

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.