Show Me Missouri

Map showing Kansas City as a railroad center from “A Survey of the Economic Aspects of Flood Protection on the Kansas and Missouri Rivers in the Kansas City District,” 1934-1937. Courtesy of the Missouri Valley Special Collections at the Kansas City Public Library.

Show Me Missouri is a state-wide collaborative initiative to document and commemorate Missouri’s bicentennial in 2021. This forthcoming digital exhibit will tell the story of Missouri and Missourians through the lens of 200 historically and culturally significant objects. Furthermore, the project will examine the comprehensive history of the state through a complex, inclusive, and critical interpretation. Each object will have an interpretative essay that will contextualize it in relation to the larger history of Missouri.

Show Me Missouri will be a free and publicly accessible website for the use of scholars, teachers, both K-12 and collegiate students, and everyday Missourians. The project is a collaboration between the Center for Midwestern Studies, the UMKC History Department, the Springfield-Greene County Library District, and the Kansas City Public Library.

The project is currently in its beginning phase. We are identifying materials that could potentially be incorporated into the digital exhibit. To nominate an object, please review the project’s core themes and topics and submit a nomination form. If you are interested in becoming a project contributor, please contact us at

Show Me Missouri is generously supported by: