Support SHSMO

Ways of Giving

Founded in May 1898, the State Historical Society of Missouri has preserved your history for over 120 years. When you give to SHSMO, 98% of your investment directly supports the mission.

Estate Giving

Do you want to make a difference through a gift to SHSMO, but don’t want to tap into cash reserves? One way to ensure your legacy and support SHSMO is through an estate gift. Often, such gifts from your estate lessen the tax burden on your loved ones. Additionally, they allow you to show your commitment to collecting, preserving, and sharing Missouri’s history and culture.


Members, patrons, and friends of SHSMO are invited to join 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 greeting visitors at the welcome desk, 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.

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.


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.