On April 19 the State Historical Society of Missouri held a ceremonial groundbreaking at the building site for the Center for Missouri Studies, a facility that will define the organization in the twenty-first century. The new Columbia headquarters will offer a significant upgrade from SHSMO’s current facilities in the University of Missouri’s Ellis Library. Its ground floor will feature a much larger art gallery and a multipurpose events space with a seating capacity of 250. The second floor will include an expanded research center built to accommodate modern technology and to provide greater access to documents, photographs and maps, oral history recordings, microfilm reels, and other resources.
The new building will have on-site parking and 76,000 square feet of floor space, roughly twice the size of SHSMO’s space at Ellis. A two-story glass lobby will feature two main entrances, one facing the University of Missouri and the other opening to downtown Columbia and the public. The two doorways will symbolize the State Historical Society’s intent to be a meeting place that draws campus and community together. Construction at the building site on Sixth and Elm Streets is currently underway, and completion is anticipated in 2019.
A comprehensive campaign is also in progress to raise permanently endowed funds supporting SHSMO's mission to collect, preserve, and disseminate our state's history and heritage. Learn more at http://shsmo.org/thecenter