Historical Society moves

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COLUMBIA – The State Historical Society of Missouri took the first steps in moving on Wednesday, breaking ground on its new facility.

The new building will be located on South Six and Elm Streets in Columbia and serve as the new Center for Missouri Studies. The center is funded by $35 million of state construction bonds.

According to the society's press release, the expansion will include a better-equipped research library, art museum and public meeting space. It will also offer the opportunity to make the State Historical Society's programs, services, and resources more accessible and relevant to the residents on Missouri.

"We get to see this building, now in Columbia, really write a whole different chapter of our history," Sen. Roy Blunt said, "At least make a different chapter of our history available."

The current State Historical Society is located in Ellis Library on the MU campus. Right now it is unclear what that space will turn into.

“It isn’t the library’s decision, it is up to the University as a whole,” MU library spokesperson Shannon Cary said, “Right now the interim director of libraries is looking into what to do with the space.”

Cary said that they are looking at any group who needs space and says a decision for the space will be made by summer 2018.