Join SHSMO or Renew Membership

Members are the foundation of the State Historical Society of Missouri. Your passion for Missouri breathes life into our state's history through inspiring lectures, thriving research centers across the state, increased online accessibility to collections, and engaging workshops. Together, we unite people from all walks of life through a common thread: a love of Missouri and a passion for its history and culture.

Your support provides more than just preservation of historic materials; it brings the unique heritage of Missouri and its people to life for audiences worldwide.


Gifts to the State Historical Society of Missouri provide essential support for ongoing efforts to collect and preserve the record of Missouri's history and cultural heritage. They also foster scholarship and educational programs on the state's past. Loyal supporters like you enhance SHSMO's mission to educate and inspire patrons throughout the state, across the country, and around the world who seek to know more about the history of Missouri and its people.


Sponsorship offers a variety of ways for businesses to become involved in the work of the State Historical Society of Missouri. Your commitment tells the community that Missouri's heritage is important to preserve and promote for the next generation.

Donate Collection Materials

Are you interested in donating art, books, newspapers, letters, diaries, photographs, maps, business and organizational records, or family papers to the State Historical Society of Missouri? Our mission is to collect, preserve, and make available materials documenting the history of our state and its people. Much of our collection has been created through the generosity of our members and friends.


Members, patrons, and friends of SHSMO are invited to participate in the volunteer service program! Friendly, energetic individuals who enjoy meeting people and working with the public can help in a number of ways.

Volunteer opportunities include repairing fragile newspapers prior to microfilming, making copies for patrons and staff, data entry, and assisting staff with a variety of tasks. Volunteers receive thorough training prior to undertaking an assignment.