Publications

SHSMO has a variety of publications available that celebrate Missouri's rich history. In addition to a wide range of historical books on art, the civil war, slavery and small towns you will find publications by staff members that illustrate the history of eras and regions from all corners of the state.

Missouri Historical Review

An award-winning scholarly quarterly, has served as the cornerstone of the Society's publication program since 1906. This richly illustrated journal features recent scholarship on all facets of the state's history. The Missouri Historical Review also contains reviews of and notes on recently published books about the history of the state and local areas and the lives of Missourians.

Missouri Times

The quarterly newsletter, Missouri Times, is received as a benefit of membership in The State Historical Society of Missouri. The newsletter includes updates and information on acquisition and research, exhibits, and outreach and educational programs offered by SHSMO.

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  1. Historic Missouri

    Historic Missouri : A Pictorial Narrative

    $9.95

    Historic Missouri : A Pictorial Narrative 2nd edition. Columbia: State Historical Society of Missouri, 1988. Softcover, 94 pages Learn More
  2. Images of America: Columbia

    Images of America: Columbia

    $21.99

    In this town history illustrated with images from the State Historical Society of Missouri’s collections, Valerie Battle Kienzle provides the stories of the people, places, and events that have made Columbia what it is today. Learn More
  3. Index to Military Pensioners, 1883

    Index to Missouri Military Pensioners, 1883

    $7.00

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    Index to Missouri Military Pensioners, 1883. Marie Concannon, compiler. Columbia: State Historical Society of Missouri, 1998. Spiral bound softcover, 91 pages. Learn More
  4. Index to Residents, State Federal Home

    Index to Residents, State Federal Soldiers' Home of Missouri, St. James, Missouri, 1899-1946

    $20.00

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    Index to Residents, State Federal Soldiers' Home of Missouri, St. James, Missouri, 1899-1946. Marie Concannon, compiler. Columbia: State Historical Society of Missouri, 1998. Spiral bound softcover, 304 pages. Learn More
  5. James Milton Turner

    James Milton Turner and the Promise of America: The Public LIfe of a Post-Civil War Black Leader

    $25.00

    America had seemed to promise James Milton Turner and all other members of his race equal rights and equal opportunities after the Civil War. As this first book-length biography of Missouri's most prominent nineteenth-century African-American political figure argues, Turner possessed a deep and abiding faith in America. The Civil War, he believed, had purged the land of its sins and allowed the country to realize what had always been its promise: the creation of a social and political environment in which merit, not race or any other accident of birth, mattered. Those beliefs led Turner to become a fierce advocate of black political and civil rights.

    Born a slave, Turner gained his freedom when he was four years old and received his education in clandestine St. Louis schools. After briefly attending Oberlin College in Ohio, he worked as a porter in Missouri before becoming an aide to a Union officer at the advent of the Civil War. A self-taught lawyer, Turner served as secretary of the Missouri Equal Rights League from 1865 to 1867, traveling the state first as a spokesman for black suffrage and then as a representative of the State Superintendent of Education. Turner's work earned him a statewide reputation, and he wielded power far out of proportion to Missouri's relatively small black population.

    In 1871, as a reward for Republican party service, President Ulysses S. Grant appointed Turner Minister Resident and Consul General to Liberia. Turner returned to America in the late 1870s and quickly joined a relief effort aimed at helping black refugees fleeing the Redeemed South. Subsequently, he aided former slaves of the Cherokee Nation in their attempt to secure full tribal rights, including a share of federal funds paid for land cessions. Nonetheless, Turner never regained the prominence he had enjoyed during Reconstruction, and, in the end, the promise of America failed Turner and African-Americans in general.

    This fascinating and well-researched biography provides an insightful portrayal of James Milton Turner's public life. Anyone with interest in nineteenth-century American history, African-American history, or Missouri history is sure to find this study of great importance.

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  6. Journal Missouri Constitutional

    Journal Missouri Constitutional Convention of 1875, 2 Volumes

    $50.00

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    Journal Missouri Constitutional Convention of 1875..., 2 volumes. With historical introduction by Isidor Loeb and biographical account of personnel by Floyd Shoemaker, editor. Columbia: State Historical Society of Missouri, 1920. Hardcover, 954 pages total. Learn More
  7. Kansas City, America's Crossroads

    Kansas City, America's Crossroads: Essays from the Missouri Historical Review (hardback)

    $40.00

    Edited with an introduction by Diane Mutti Burke and John Herron, Kansas City, America’s Crossroads is an anthology of previously published Missouri Historical Review articles. Readers interested in the history of Kansas City, from its settlements along the Missouri River to its racial conflicts in the 60s, will enjoy this collection of essays.

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  8. Kansas City, America's Crossroads

    Kansas City, America's Crossroads: Essays from the Missouri Historical Review (paperback)

    $30.00

    Edited with an introduction by Diane Mutti Burke and John Herron, Kansas City, America’s Crossroads is an anthology of previously published Missouri Historical Review articles. Readers interested in the history of Kansas City, from its settlements along the Missouri River to its racial conflicts in the 60s, will enjoy this collection of essays.

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  9. Longer than a Man's Lifetime in Missouri

    Longer than a Man's Lifetime in Missouri

    $30.00

    First published in German in 1877, Goebel’s narrative has long been known to scholars as a significant record of nineteenth-century Missouri history. This translation by Adolf E. Schroeder and Elsa Louise Nagel, coedited by Schroeder and Walter D. Kamphoefner, offers a historical treasure to English-language audiences.

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  10. Marking Missouri History

    Marking Missouri History

    $17.50

    In a celebration of the State Historical Society of Missouri’s centennial, Marking Missouri History records each of the 121 roadside markers across Missouri. Readers interested in taking a trip across Missouri to visit historical sites will enjoy this compilation.

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