Center for Missouri Studies

‘Miracle on Elm Street’ Opens New Era for State Historical Society

The Center for Missouri Studies opened in grand style on August 10 with ceremonies and celebrations attended by about 1,200 supporters of the State Historical Society of Missouri. On a day chosen to coincide with the 198th anniversary of Missouri statehood, crowds witnessed elegant speeches and a ribbon cutting before pouring through the Center’s south front doors for the public’s first look at SHSMO’s new headquarters.

Notes from the State Historical Society of Missouri President

There will come a time, I suppose—although I cannot yet envision it—when I will not approach the Center for Missouri Studies and think, “Oh, My Lord!”

The thought came to me one morning in mid-June as I stood on the sidewalk across from the south entrance. Workers high above were...

Center for Missouri Studies Open for Business

The staff at the Center for Missouri Studies is so excited to open our headquarters to visitors and patrons, once again! Thank you to the 1,200-plus visitors and dignitaries who welcomed us to our new home on Saturday, August 10.

Our Columbia Research Center and Main Art Gallery are open to visitors Tuesday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. and Saturday 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. The administrative offices are open from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.

Spirit of unity dominates grand opening of Center for Missouri Studies

Columbia Missourian—Every year, Aug. 10 marks the anniversary of Missouri’s entrance into the Union. This year, as noted by the society’s executive director Gary Kremer, the date bore even more significance, as it marked a transformational moment for the State Historical Society of Missouri and for residents hoping to learn more about the state.

“This is the first time in our history that we will occupy a building specifically designed and built for the State Historical Society in Missouri,” Kremer said. “That is a really good feeling.”

New Location Takes History Into the Future for State Historical Society

KBIA—The State Historical Society of Missouri houses the state’s largest collection of oral histories, newspapers dating back to the year 1808, 12,000 Civil War manuscript pages, and more than 30,000 pieces of artall adding up to more than 74 football fields worth of material, according to SHSMO.

Historical Society of Missouri to unveil new headquarters

Jefferson City News Tribune—The State Historical Society of Missouri will unveil its new headquarters Aug. 10 after operating in a small space in the University of Missouri's Ellis Library for more than 100 years.

"We needed a new, updated building so we can showcase the treasures of Missouri's history and showcase the art that we have here and have the environmental controls to preserve the history that we have here," Senior Associate Executive Director Gerald Hirsh said.

Moving Days: Ellis Meets Elm

We are more than half-way through our move from Ellis Library to our wonderful new headquarters at 605 Elm St. and we are excited to be opening our doors to the public soon!

What does it take to carefully move our collections of 7,300+ oral histories, 4,600+ newspaper titles, 1,200 rare books, 6 million+ photographs and images, 12,000+ Civil War manuscript pages, 5,000+ maps and 30,000+ pieces of art? 

State Historical Society moves collection into new building

KOMU—The State Historical Society of Missouri (SHSMO) is moving all of their archival material into their new building over the course of the summer. The collection has been housed in the basement of Ellis Library on the MU Campus for 121 years. The new building at 6th and Elm is tailor made to be the new home of the archives.

While the building has been in the works for a decade, just planning how the staff will move all of the material into the new building has taken...