An important facet of our mission is to bring the humanities to every corner of Missouri. One important way we do this is by working with our partner scholars to build engaging exhibits that can easily travel the state. 

In doing so, we take the study of the humanities directly to your local community. If you’re a school, library, or other institution looking to feature one of our current exhibits or perhaps there’s a new one you’d like to see produced please contact our executive director.

 Bicentennial Exhibit: Struggle for Statehood

Struggle for Statehood traces the history of Missouri towards American statehood and explores why its application for admission sparked a national crisis that almost destroyed the very Union Missouri sought to join. Visitors will learn about the significance of the controversy and its lasting implications on our state and nation. Struggle for Statehood will be on exhibition in Missouri communities until December 2021.

Exhibit panels include: Missouri’s First Peoples, Colonial Missouri, The Americanization of Missouri, Slavery Along the Mississippi, Living on the Edge of Statehood, How to Join the Union, The Rise of “The North” and Antislavery Politics, The Crisis in Public Opinion, Crisis in Congress and Compromise, Missouri’s First Elected Leaders, Missouri Constitutional Convention, Aftermath: The State the Union Couldn’t Swallow. 

Host Sites for 2020-2021 are already full. For more information on Host Site Locations and Dates where you can visit this exhibit see our Events Calendar. For more information, email Claire Bruntrager at

The Missouri Plan Exhibit

We have partnered with the Missouri Bar to produce a commemorative exhibit marking the 75th anniversary of the adoption of the Missouri Plan – a national standard bearer in judicial selection. 

This initiative consists of two exhibits, the “Traveling Exhibit” and the “Courthouse Exhibit”. Only one “Traveling Exhibit” is being produced and it will be rotated throughout the state. Featuring three panels and an interactive display component, it is sure to gram the attention of passersby. 

The “Courthouse Exhibit” is a single panel display that consolidates the historical and empirical information about the Missouri Plan into one engaging, but space-saving feature. You can keep it as long as you like. In fact, the longer the better!