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. 118, No. 3, April 2024

Feature Articles

  • “Protection for All Citizens”: Civil Defense and the Problem of Evacuating Missouri’s Urban Centers during the Cold War, 1950–1970, by Jenny Barker-Devine
  • Major Wilson, Major Wolf, and Union Retaliation in Civil War St. Louis, by Brooks Blevins
  • “The Greatest Barbecue Man in the World”: Reexamining Henry Perry, Kansas City’s Barbecue King, by Michael Sweeney

From the Stacks

Research Center–Rolla

  • Snapshots of the Past: The John F. Bradbury Postcard Collection, by Kathleen Seale

Book Reviews

  • Indigenous Missourians: Ancient Societies to the Present, by Greg Olson
    Reviewed by John Gram
  • The Missouri Home Guard: Protecting the Home Front during the Great War, by Petra DeWitt
    Reviewed by Richard S. Faulkner
  • The Lies of the Land: Seeing Rural America for What It Is–And Isn’t, by Steven Conn
    Reviewed by Doug Genens
  • Fighting for a Free Missouri: German Immigrants, African Americans, and the Issue of Slavery, edited by Sydney J. Norton
    Reviewed by Luke Ritter
  • Newspaperwoman of the Ozarks: The Life and Times of Lucile Morris Upton, by Susan Croce Kelly
    Reviewed by Kimberly Voss
  • Oracle of Lost Causes: John Newman Edwards and His Never-Ending Civil War, by Matthew Christopher Hulbert
    Reviewed by Christopher Grasso

Book Notes

  • The Last Ride of the Pony Express: My 2,000-Mile Horseback Journey into the Old West, by Will Grant
  • Gravity: Selected Letters of Olivia Langdon Clemens, edited by Barbara E. Snedecor
  • Walking South City: A Journey through Historic St. Louis Neighborhoods, by Jim Merkel
  • Farm Girl Takes Flight: A Flight Attendant's Journey through Faith, Art, and Life, by Elaine Hayob Bankston
  • Family Reins: The Heartbreaking Fall of an American Dynasty, by Billy Busch

Graduate Theses Relating to Missouri History, 2023

News in Brief

Cover Description

Newman Cox, farmer and World War I veteran, 1953. Cox was one of many subjects that Burford Leon Royston photographed along his route as a mail carrier in Howard County, Missouri, from the 1950s to the 1970s. [Burford Leon Royston Collection, CA6685]

Missouri Times - Latest Issue

Winter 2024

Missouri Times Winter 2024 cover

SHSMO members receive a full-color printed issue of Missouri Times delivered to them in the mail prior to this online version. Our Winter 2024 issue, highlights include: 

  • Ginger Rogers Exhibit Brings Hollywood Glamour to the SHSMO Art Gallery
  • Conversation with David Steward, founder and chairman of Worldwide Technology
  • Brownlee Grants Help Preserve Local History
  • Old-Time Fiddling Takes Center Stage
  • Hmong Immigration to Missouri Brings New Voices to SHSMO's Oral History Program
  • Old German Handwriting Letter Mystery Solved Across the Atlantic
  • New Film Explores Baby Tooth Survey during the Cold War
  • Postcard Collection Reflects American Life and Culture
  • And more!

Read Winter 2024 Issue Here

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.