The “Show Me Missouri” Speakers’ Bureau provides expert historians, storytellers, researchers and authors to share the special stories about Missouri’s culture, history, art and people. The program is offered to both non- and for-profit organizations, such as civic organizations, museums, historical societies, libraries and groups. 

This Missouri Humanities initiative is presented jointly through the State Historical Society of Missouri located on the campus of the University of Missouri – Columbia.

Questions? Contact Dr. Monique Johnston at 816.802.6566 or email

Online Form

Click the icon to complete and submit the online Speakers’ Bureau request form.

QUESTIONS? Call or email Dr. Monique Johnston at 816-802-6566 or

View the catalogue of speakers/topics.


Is there a cost?

There is a variable fee depending on what type of institution is applying for a speaker.  The rates are as follows*:

  • Non-profit public libraries: $75 per presentation
  • Non-profit organizations with an annual budget of less than $50 thousand: $75 per presentation
  • Non-profit organizations with an annual budget over $50 thousand: $100 per presentation
  • For-profit organizations: $325 per presentation

*Please note presentations given by a speaker who must travel more than 258 miles round trip will require an additional travel fee. Overnight accommodations for the speaker, if required, are the responsibility of the host organization.

What topics are available?

“Show Me Missouri” offers a selection of basic programs, which are presentations addressing topics that have been chosen by our speakers.

When must payment be made?

Program fees must be paid in advance. Your reservation for a program will not be confirmed until a check for the full amount (including additional travel fee, if appropriate) has been received.

How soon can a speaker be arranged?

Reservations for a program must be made at least 60 days prior to the date of the presentation.

Is there a speaker limit per organization?