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. 116, No. 4, July 2022

Feature Articles

  • “Fine Herds of Cattle”: Rural Nuns and Farmwork at a Missouri Convent, 1874–1963, By Elyssa Ford
  • Near Death at Byram’s Ford: The Journal of Civil War Soldier J. J. Sitton, Annotated by John Bradbury, Transcribed by Lou Wehmer
  • “The Nearest Run Thing You Ever Saw in Your Life”: The Battle to Create St. Louis’s Zoo-Museum District in 1970, By Charles E. Valier

From the Stacks

Research Center–Springfield

  • From Joplin, Missouri, to the Los Angeles Times: The Betsy Balsley Collection, By Haley Frizzle-Green

Book Reviews

  • A Fire Bell in the Past: The Missouri Crisis at 200. Volume I: Western Slavery, National Impasse, Edited by Jeffrey L. Pasley and John Craig Hammond
    Reviewed by Harry L. Watson
  • A Fire Bell in the Past: The Missouri Crisis at 200. Volume II: The "Missouri Question" and Its Answers, Edited by Jeffrey L. Pasley and John Craig Hammond
    Reviewed by Sarah J. Purcell
  • Literary Alchemist: The Writing Life of Evan S. Connell, By Steve Paul
    Reviewed by Brooks Landon

Book Notes

  • Go West, Young Man: A Father and Son Rediscover America on the Oregon Trail, By B. J. Hollars
  • The Mystic City: A History of Jerico Springs, Missouri, By John C. Beydler
  • Historic Movie Theaters of Columbia, Missouri, By Dianna Borsi O’Brien
  • Images of America: McDonald County, By the McDonald County Historical Society
  • A Nation, a City, and Its First Library: Americana as a Way of Life at the St. Louis Mercantile Library for 175 Years, By John Neal Hoover

News in Brief

Cover Description

Detail from Highridge Drive, by Frank Huntington Stack (b. 1937). Oil on canvas, 1964. Gift of the artist. [SHSMO Art Collection, 2013.0001.010]

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.