Under the Missouri 2021 banner, the State Historical Society of Missouri is committed to coordinating a truly statewide celebration that incorporates both rural and urban communities in projects, programs, and events that contribute to a better shared understanding of the State’s geographic and cultural diversity as well as the similarities that bring us together as Missourians. In 2018, SHSMO is excited to offer these initial projects.


Missouri Encyclopedia logoThe online Missouri Encyclopedia will provide users easy access to authoritative information on the history and culture of Missouri. To be comprehensive, the editorial team needs your help. Who are the people and what are the places and events that shaped your community, your county, and your region? Learn more about the Missouri Encyclopedia and help contribute topic suggestions.


Missouri Community Legacies provides an opportunity for local groups, school classes, and others to document local traditions and creative expressions, meaningful places, and organizations and institutions of significance to communities, counties, and regions around the State. When completed, the documentation will be donated to the State Historical Society of Missouri research center responsible for collecting in the county where the individual project emerged. The result will be a “snap shot” of Missouri during its Bicentennial—built by the people of Missouri—and a resource of long-term use to Missourians and others interested in the history and culture of the State.


Missouri landscapeMy Missouri 2021 invites professional and amateur photographers to capture and share distinctiveness of place across Missouri by using the hashtag #MyMissouri2021. Photographs meeting program guidelines will be shared online through the Missouri 2021 website, social media platforms, and exhibition. A selection of these photographs will also be added to the State Historical Society of Missouri’s permanent Bicentennial manuscript collection.


The Endorsement Program creates a media partnership with local organizations wanting to develop and host their own Bicentennial activities or to brand existing community offerings for the Bicentennial year. Endorsed programs and events receive an acknowledgement from the State Historical Society of Missouri and permission to use Missouri 2021 logos according to established guidelines. The endorsed program or event will be included in a list of endorsed activities on the Missouri 2021 website.


NHDMO studentNational History Day in Missouri, a youth outreach program of the State Historical Society of Missouri, gives students a unique opportunity to explore the past and ignite a passion for learning. The Show-Me Prize was created in 2014 to promote engagement with Missouri history by National History Day in Missouri participants and elevate awareness of the approaching Missouri Bicentennial. Each year, the State Historical Society of Missouri will issue up to five prizes of $50 each to the best individual senior division entries in the state competition. The projects must demonstrate a significant development in Missouri history and / or how a Missourian contributed to significant events in national or international history. Learn more about National History Day in Missouri.