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. 1, October 2020

Feature Articles

  • In Memory of Lynn Wolf Gentzler, 1949–2020
  • “A Handsome New Home”: Social Welfare Reform and Resistance in Rural Missouri, by Courtney L. Kisat
  • “From the Hell’s Brew of Malice, Hatred, and Vindictiveness”: The 1906 Investigation of George E. Ladd, Director of the Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy, by Larry Gragg
  • Plague, Printers, and Politics: The St. Louis Whig Party and Nativism after the Cholera Epidemic and Fire of 1849, by Ian Brickey

From the Stacks

Research Center–St. Louis

  • The Prison Ministry of the New Life Evangelistic Center, by A. J. Medlock

Book Reviews

  • Citizen Brown: Race, Democracy, and Inequality in the St. Louis Suburbs, by Colin Gordon
    Reviewed by David Lucander
  • Dreams of El Dorado: A History of the American West, by H. W. Brands
    Reviewed by Roger L. Nichols
  • When Sunflowers Bloomed Red: Kansas and the Rise of Socialism in America, by R. Alton Lee and Steven Cox
    Reviewed by Michael Pierce
  • Calamity: The Many Lives of Calamity Jane, by Karen R. Jones
    Reviewed by Rebecca Scofield
  • The Great Oklahoma Swindle: Race, Religion, and Lies in America’s Weirdest State, by Russell L. Cobb
    Reviewed by Nigel Anthony Sellars

Book Notes

  • I Called Him Uncle Harry: Growing Up in the Truman-Wallace Household, by David Wallace
  • Baseball in St. Louis: From Little Leagues to Major Leagues, by Ed Wheatley
  • The CMH Story: From Dreams to Reality and Beyond: A Firsthand History of Rural Health-Care Success in the Missouri Ozarks, by Kerry D. Douglas and James C. Sterling
  • The Women’s Fight: The Civil War’s Battles for Home, Freedom, and Nation, by Thavolia Glymph
  • Route 36: Ohio to Colorado, America’s Heartland Highway, by Allan McCallister Ferguson

News in Brief

Cover Description

Stump Speaking, 1856, by George Caleb Bingham (1811–1879). Mezzotint engraving by Louis-Adolphe Goutier, hand-colored. [SHSMO Art Collection, 1963.0012]

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.