The Missouri Humanities (MH) provides and supports programming to promote Missouri’s rich cultural heritage and historical significance. By partnering with organizations throughout the state of Missouri, MH aims to provide opportunities for the commemoration and exploration of our state’s African American, German, Native American, Civil War, and rural heritage. With the assistance of the Missouri General Assembly, MH has received national recognition for innovation in this area.

Questions about Heritage Programs? Email or call 314.781.9660.


Together with our partners, the Missouri Humanities Council is highlighting African American history and culture in Missouri.  Click on the icon for information on how to partner with us.


MHC’s Civil War Heritage program, with Missouri’s Civil War Heritage Foundation, hosts an annual U.S. Grant Symposium and maintains the U.S. Grant Trail. Click on the icon for more information.


Our newest heritage initiative provides the tools and resources necessary to begin or revive cultural heritage programming in rural communities. Click on the icon for more information.


MHC’s German Heritage Corridor provides public programming to explore, revive, and commemorate the state of Missouri’s rich German Heritage.  Click on the icon for more information.


Together with our partners, the Missouri Humanities Council is working to locate and mark historic sites along the Trail of Tears in Missouri. Click on the icon for more information.

Check out the trailer for our latest project on the Snelson-Brinker Cabin!

2017 Common Heritage Grant Recipient!

The Missouri Humanities Council is proud to announce that it was recently awarded a Common Heritage Grant through the National Endowment for the Humanities. The grant will fund a program to digitize publically-held artifacts, documents, and photographs related to Missouri’s German Heritage.  Inspired by Gottfried Duden’s Report of a Journey to the Western States of North America, which compares the beauty of the Missouri River Valley to that of the Rhine in Germany, a steady migration of Germanic peoples came to Missouri beginning in the late 1820s.  With its striking resemblance to the landscape of their homeland, these immigrants affectionately designated the area Duden describes the “Missouri Rhineland.”

The population of Germans in Missouri climbed as war and economic despair spread throughout Germany in 1848, and this number continued to rise into the 20th century. To this day, the communities in the Corridor maintain majority German populations.  Photos, heirlooms, and documents collected by these families will be the focus of a digitization event in Hermann, Missouri in the Summer of 2018.  The digitization of these items will 1) increase our understanding of the effects of German Immigration into this region; 2) allow for the public to share their stories with each other; and 3) preserve them for later generations.  We hope this event inspires the community to feel a stronger connection through a common German heritage.  For more information on this program or the German Heritage Corridor, contact Caitlin Yager at

Thank you for your support of the German Heritage Corridor!

On July 1st, 2016 Governor Nixon signed HB 1851 into law, designating 16 counties along the Missouri River, which follow the settlement of thousands of Germans in  the state of Missouri, the Missouri German Heritage Corridor.  We look forward to celebrating this endeavor on August 10, 2016 in Jefferson City.  Additional details coming soon!

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