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. 115, No. 4, July 2021

Feature Articles

  • Missourians’ Struggle for Statehood, By Gary R. Kremer
  • White Man’s Paper Trail: Extinguishing Indigenous Land Claims in Missouri, By Greg Olson
  • “Useful to the Public Business”: Mathurin-Michel Amoureux’s 1803 Letter from New Madrid, By John Craig Hammond and Thomas J. Slancauskas

From the Stacks

Research Center–Columbia

  • The 1817 Statehood Petition, By John Brenner

Book Reviews

  • The Shattered Cross: French Catholic Missionaries on the Mississippi River, 1698–1725, By Linda Carol Jones
    Reviewed by Patricia Cleary
  • Women Making War: Female Confederate Prisoners and Union Military Justice, By Thomas F. Curran
    Reviewed by Joseph M. Beilein Jr.
  • Madam C. J. Walker’s Gospel of Giving: Black Women’s Philanthropy during Jim Crow, By Tyrone McKinley Freeman
    Reviewed by Shennette Garrett-Scott
  • Inventing America’s First Immigration Crisis: Political Nativism in the Antebellum West, By Luke Ritter
    Reviewed by Tyler Anbinder
  • The Best Team Over There: The Untold Story of Grover Cleveland Alexander and the Great War, By Jim Leeke
    Reviewed by Thomas Aiello

Book Notes

  • Forged in Gold: Missouri S&T’s First 150 Years, By Larry Gragg
  • Ozark Country, By Otto Ernest Rayburn, edited by Brooks Blevins
  • The Katy Trail: A Guided Tour through History, By Kathy Schrenk
  • So Much Older Then: Coming of Age When the World Is Coming Apart, By Paul Kuehnert
  • 100 Things to Do in Missouri Before You Die, By John W. Brown and Amanda E. Doyle

News in Brief

Index to Volume 115

Cover Description

Daniel Boone Escorting Settlers through the Cumberland Gap, 1851–1852, by George Caleb Bingham (1811–1879). Oil on canvas, 36½ x 50¼”. Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Washington University in St. Louis. Gift of Nathaniel Phillips, 1890.

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.