Street Address
5700 Lindell Blvd
St. Louis, MO 63112
Mailing Address
5700 Lindell Blvd
St. Louis, MO 63112
phone: 314-454-3100
fax: 314-454-3162
Robert Archibald, President


Through the Library & Research Center and Soldiers Memorial, as well as a sustained focus on the Missouri History Museum’s acclaimed educational programs and exhibits, MHS is continuing to advance this region’s history “through the ages,” as its founders first envisioned more than 150 years ago.


The Missouri Historical Society (MHS) serves as the confluence of historical perspectives and contemporary issues to inspire and engage audiences in the St. Louis region and beyond.


Amid the aftermath of the Civil War and St. Louis’s rapidly changing landscape, educator Elihu Shepard set out to preserve the region’s history. He circulated a petition inviting St. Louis’s business and civic leaders to join him in forming a historical society. After 270 of these individuals signed their support, dozens of them gathered at the Old Courthouse on August 11, 1866, “for the purpose of saving from oblivion the early history of the city and state, but more particularly that of the city.” Together they officially established the Missouri Historical Society (MHS).