Arts, Culture, and Humanities

STATE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF MISSOURI

  • Columbia, MO
  • shsmo.org

Mission Statement

The mission of the State Historical Society of Missouri is to collect, preserve, publish, exhibit, and make available material related to all aspects and periods of Missouri history. SHSMO also seeks to generate interest in and appreciation of the rich cultural heritage of the state and its people through education and outreach.

Main Programs

  1. Center for Missouri Studies
  2. Collections
  3. Programs
  4. Publications
  5. Fellowships and Awards
Service Areas

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Missouri

SHSMO serves the entire state of Missouri. The Columbia, MO center is the administrative headquarters of SHSMO providing access to a large library and manuscript collections and an art collection of the nation's best collection of Missouri regional and westward expansion art. The Springfield, MO Center collections focus on the history of southern Missouri and the Ozarks. A growing number of resources document the area's unique heritage through family papers, photographs, postcards, and organizational records such as the Southwest Missouri Resource Conservation and Development Council Papers (SP009). Supporting the study of Missouri and the Midwest, the Research Center–St. Louis, located on the University of Missouri–St. Louis campus, focuses on preserving the diverse history of the city and its surrounding area within a statewide context. The Research Center–Rolla's collection focuses on the history of southern Missouri and the Ozark Highland. Major collections include the records of the St. Louis-San Francisco "Frisco" Railway Company, the St. Joe Minerals Corporation, and the American Zinc, Lead, and Smelting Company. The Kansas City Research Center, located on the campus of the University of Missouri–Kansas City, collects, preserves, and makes available for study many unique materials related to the history and culture of the Kansas City metropolitan area, western Missouri, and the Midwest. The Center's approximately 14,000 cubic feet of holdings cover a wide range of topics, including architecture and the built environment, minority communities, municipal government, religion, and transportation, to name a few. Established as the sixth branch of the State Historical Society of Missouri, the Research Center–Cape Girardeau is charged with expanding both the study of the southeast region of the state and the preservation of its history.

The center was formed in partnership with Southeast Missouri State University to provide local residents with convenient access to SHSMO resources.

ruling year

1984

Executive Director since 2004

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Gary Kremer

Senior Associate Director since 2014

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Gerald Hirsch

Keywords

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History, Research, Genealogy, Archives, Exhibition, Art Gallery, Collections, Education

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Also Known As

SHSMO

EIN

43-6035196

 Number

1293160904

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (A05)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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"The Center for Missouri Studies gives a voice to groups that are an important part of our state's complex heritage," said Gary Kremer, SHSMO executive director. "Since its inception in 2014 that is exactly what the Center for Missouri Studies has sought to do through the support of scholarship examining everything from Missouri's natural environment to local Jewish history."

With over 4,800 interviews, the oral history program continues to actively produce and collect historical interviews that represent Missouri's culture and history.

National History Day in Missouri is a unique opportunity for young scholars to explore the past in a a creative, hands-on way. Students take a stand in history by producing documentaries, exhibits, performances, papers, and websites.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Center for Missouri Studies

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 where history can be explored.

Center for Missouri Studies Fellows

Fellows in the Center for Missouri Studies are actively engaged in advancing scholarship on the history and heritage of Missouri and the Midwest.

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Collections

The State Historical Society of Missouri research centers collect and maintain materials that include but are not limited to manuscripts, newspaper archives, photo archives, maps, oral histories, reference works, and an art collection for public and scholarly use.

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Programs

The society, in conjunction with the Missouri Humanities Council, sponsors the Missouri component of the National History Day competition for junior and senior high school students. Permanent and changing exhibitions featuring works from the society’s art collection appear in the art galleries. Public programming includes workshops, lecture series, a statewide speakers’ bureau for not-for-profit organizations, and administration of the annual Missouri Conference on History.

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Publications

The Missouri Historical Review, the society’s quarterly journal, contains the nation’s most extensive collection of articles and edited documents on the history of Missouri. The society also publishes scholarly books; a quarterly newsletter; online publications such as the Historic Missourians biographical series for young readers; and occasional directories, guides, and indexes related to the holdings. Descriptions and ordering information can be obtained from the society’s web site.

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Fellowships and Awards

The society’s Center for Missouri Studies offers annual competitive fellowships to support ongoing scholarship on selected Missouri topics. Sponsored by the Richard S. Brownlee Fund, each fellowship awards a $5,000 stipend and presents opportunities to publish work in the Missouri Historical Review and to deliver a public lecture. Interested scholars should check the society’s web site or contact the society for further information.
A $1,500 cash award is presented annually for the best book written on the history of Missouri or Missourians; submission deadline is June 30 for books published during the previous calendar year. The $1,000 biennial Eagleton-Waters Award recognizes the best book published on the political history of Missouri during the two preceding years. The submission deadline is June 30 of odd-numbered years.
The Missouri Historical Review Award of $750 is given annually for the best article appearing in the journal. The biennial Mary Neth Prize of $500 is awarded to the author of the best article on women’s or gender history to appear in the journal in the preceding two volumes.
The Lewis E. Atherton Prizes annually recognize an outstanding master’s thesis and doctoral dissertation on Missouri history or biography. The winning thesis receives a $500 cash award; $1,000 is awarded to the winning dissertation. Nominations are made by the department granting the degrees; submission deadline is June 30.

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Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    The State Historical Society of Missouri is building a new headquarters in downtown Columbia and seeking to secure endowments for key programs and services. The headquarters, to be called the Center for Missouri Studies, will be a place where visitors of all backgrounds can discover Missouri's complex heritage and come to a deeper understanding of what it means to be a Missourian.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    The State Historical Society of Missouri is embarking on a transformational and comprehensive fundraising campaign. The campaign will mobilize the Society's trustees, its staff at a statewide network of research centers, its membership, and volunteers. SHSMO has secured $35 million in bonds issued by the state government. The Society seeks to raise an additional $20 million for endowments and completion of the building project.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    The State Historical Society's leadership, trustees, and staff are working together to first build a new home to be called the Center for Missouri Studies in downtown Columbia, MO. In addition The State Historical Society of Missouri seeks to raise a more permanent source of funding that maintains the collection, preservation, and education mission of the organization. A $20 million endowment will support nearly every aspect of organizational operations including the operations of all six of the organization's regional research centers (Cape Girardeau, Columbia, Kansas City, Rolla, St. Louis, Springfield).
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    By bench marking financial goals, and measuring expansion of the patron and membership base.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    SHSMO has secured $35 million in bonds issued by the state government. The Society seeks to raise an additional $20 million for endowments and completion of the building project.
Service Areas

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Missouri

SHSMO serves the entire state of Missouri. The Columbia, MO center is the administrative headquarters of SHSMO providing access to a large library and manuscript collections and an art collection of the nation's best collection of Missouri regional and westward expansion art. The Springfield, MO Center collections focus on the history of southern Missouri and the Ozarks. A growing number of resources document the area's unique heritage through family papers, photographs, postcards, and organizational records such as the Southwest Missouri Resource Conservation and Development Council Papers (SP009). Supporting the study of Missouri and the Midwest, the Research Center–St. Louis, located on the University of Missouri–St. Louis campus, focuses on preserving the diverse history of the city and its surrounding area within a statewide context. The Research Center–Rolla's collection focuses on the history of southern Missouri and the Ozark Highland. Major collections include the records of the St. Louis-San Francisco "Frisco" Railway Company, the St. Joe Minerals Corporation, and the American Zinc, Lead, and Smelting Company. The Kansas City Research Center, located on the campus of the University of Missouri–Kansas City, collects, preserves, and makes available for study many unique materials related to the history and culture of the Kansas City metropolitan area, western Missouri, and the Midwest. The Center's approximately 14,000 cubic feet of holdings cover a wide range of topics, including architecture and the built environment, minority communities, municipal government, religion, and transportation, to name a few. Established as the sixth branch of the State Historical Society of Missouri, the Research Center–Cape Girardeau is charged with expanding both the study of the southeast region of the state and the preservation of its history.

The center was formed in partnership with Southeast Missouri State University to provide local residents with convenient access to SHSMO resources.

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STATE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF MISSOURI
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
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Executive Director

Gary Kremer

Senior Associate Director

Gerald Hirsch

BIO

A fifth-generation Missourian, Gary R. Kremer earned his PhD from American University in Washington, DC. Kremer has written, coauthored, and coedited 12 books. Previously, Kremer taught history at Lincoln University in Jefferson City (1972-1987) and William Woods University in Fulton (1991-2004). He also served as the state archivist of Missouri from 1987 to 1991. He has been SHSMO's executive director since 2004.

STATEMENT FROM THE Executive Director

"“This is a place where anyone can come and look at these newspapers, photographs, and artwork, learn about where we've been, consider who we are. This is a place that elevates our understanding of ourselves." - Bob Priddy, president, SHSMO board of trustees

“The State Historical Society of Missouri and its Center for Missouri Studies celebrates Missouri history scholarship, including connections between fields such as geography, folklore, anthropology, and history as each of these disciplines offers a unique perspective on our state's past. This initiative helps ensure that we are working aggressively to fulfill our mission of disseminating information about the depth of our collective story for present and future Missourians." – Stephen N. Limbaugh Jr., past SHSMO president

“Our collection shows the state's significance in anchoring settlement and western expansion, and it is growing and evolving in order to tell our stories to future generations." - Brent Schondelmeyer, SHSMO trustee"

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Bob Priddy

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