The State Historical Society of Missouri was founded in 1898 by the Missouri Press Association.

The society is a research facility for the study of Missouri heritage and hosts programs to share that heritage with the public. Its education programs include National History Day in Missouri and the Missouri History Speakers’ Bureau, though the latter was suspended indefinitely in November 2009 because of budget cuts.

The Missouri Historical Review is published by the society. It is a quarterly publication that started in 1906.

New site

In March 2009, the Historical Society chose a parcel of land on next to the Heinkel Building on Elm Street as the proposed site of a new museum. The Historical Society made a bid for federal stimulus money in 2009 but did not receive any. During summer 2010, the society continued efforts to reach an agreement with the city that would allow it to move forward with plans for the new museum.


Founded: 1898

Reference Questions: 573-882-1187

Administrative Office: 800-747-6366 or 573-882-7083

Address:1020 Lowry St., Columbia


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