Cultural Resources

From the earliest Native Americans who hunted mastodons, to French settlers who discovered rich lead deposits, to Civil War battlefields, to leaders and innovators in music and the arts, Missouri enjoys a rich cultural heritage dating back more than 10,000 years.

We help you discover and preserve Missouri's past.

Nature Photo Collage

Unlocking Missouri's History

The Battle of Island Mound

A short, educational film depicting the story of the Battle of Island Mound, the first time that African-American troops were engaged in Civil War combat, is available for sale at some of our state historic sites and parks or by ordering online.

Additional Resources

Missouri State Parks & Historic Sites List
You can unlock Missouri’s history by exploring the Missouri Department of Natural Resources 88 state parks and state historic sites and learning more about Missouri’s important heritage.