Center for Missouri Studies

Southwest view of The Center for Missouri Studies building

Watch the Groundbreaking, April 19, 2017

Established in August 2014, the Center for Missouri Studies fosters ongoing study of Missouri's past, encouraging connections among scholars in fields such as history, geography, folklore, anthropology, journalism, and other disciplines. This initiative consolidates and extends the State Historical Society of Missouri's multifaceted efforts to support scholars, publish new works, provide educational programs, and promote greater understanding of Missouri's history.

Starting in 2019, the Center for Missouri Studies will be both a physical place and an expanding educational initiative. Construction of the new Columbia headquarters, to be known as the Center for Missouri Studies, is currently underway.

The Columbia Research Center will be closed April 19 to August 12, 2019 for the move to the newly constructed Center for Missouri Studies. Learn more.


Construction Live Feed

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Still frame of construction, February 13, 2019

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Building Floor Plans and Renderings

First Floor Plan

First Floor Plan
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Second Floor Plan

Second Floor Plan
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Southwest view of The Center for Missouri Studies building

View of the Center for Missouri Studies from Peace Park
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The facility at Sixth and Elm streets will include:

Art Gallery Rendering

Art Gallery Rendering
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Research Center Rendering

Research Center Rendering
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The Center for Missouri Studies will provide the State Historical Society of Missouri with a state-of-the-art facility that secures the ability to carry out its work for a second century. A comprehensive campaign is also in progress to raise permanently endowed funds supporting SHSMO's mission to collect, preserve, and disseminate our state's history and heritage.

The Center for Missouri Studies is your legacy. The many artworks, manuscripts, newspapers, and books preserved there will continue to tell Missouri's story. To learn more about how to support this effort, contact SHSMO at 573.882.7083 or contact@shsmo.org.

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Lobby Rendering

Lobby Rendering
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Multipurpose Room Rendering

Multipurpose Room Rendering
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