Missouri is a state of tremendous geographic and cultural diversity. From May 15, 2018, through November 1, 2019, the State Historical Society of Missouri, a partner in the Bicentennial Alliance, invited professional and amateur photographers to capture and share unique and meaningful aspects of place in Missouri. Nearly 1000 photographs were received. The State Historical Society of Missouri has selected 200 photographs for permanent preservation and exhibition in 2020-2021.
Shelter Insurance® is the platinum sponsor of the My Missouri 2021 exhibition. The exhibition was designed by PRO Expo Exhibits, the gold sponsor for the show, and supported by contributors to the State Historical Society of Missouri.
In 2017, the Jackson County Historical Society acquired a massive photographic collection that includes over 500,000 negatives from the Kansas City region and the Midwest. The photographs – known as the Wilborn Collection – include one of a kind images of people, buildings, events, organizations and neighborhoods taken by professional photographers. The collection dates back to 1921 and includes images through 2007. Special subsets include 360-degree panoramic photographs and photograph images or negatives that reflect changes in photographic medium and different dimensions. The collection comprises images from previous entities including Tyner Murphy, the Anderson Studio, Clarence Wilborn and several decades of professional work product by the collector, Chris Wilborn. The bicentennial project will scan, index and get the most important or historically significant images online by 2021. The JCHS Wilborn Collection was made possible by the generosity of Steve and Marianne Noll.