The Missouri State Society, one of the oldest state societies in Washington, D.C., was founded in 1900 by a young Missourian named Joe Manlove who was working for the Census Bureau. Homesick, he placed an ad in the local newspaper requesting fellow Missourians to meet him at a local restaurant. When Joe arrived, the restaurant was filled with Missourians. At this first meeting, the group organized itself, electing Joe as the first President.


The Missouri State Society (MO-SS) of Washington, D.C. is a nonpartisan, non-profit organization affiliated with the National Conference of State Societies (NCSS). MO-SS membership is comprised of Missourians living and working in the Washington, D.C. area. The organization is managed by a volunteer executive board and consists of a wide range of members, including Members of the Missouri Congressional Delegation, Hill staff, federal agency and professional association staff, attorneys, lobbyists, business associates, college students and friends of Missouri.


The MO-SS hosts and sponsors events throughout the year in an effort to bring together Missourians in a friendly and social setting. MO-SS events include happy hours, group outings to local sporting events featuring Missouri teams, and charity fundraisers. In addition, the MO-SS participates in the National Cherry Blossom Festival each spring where the society sponsors the Missouri Cherry Blossom Princess.


"If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog." - Harry S. Truman

Or, attend our events and meet fellow friendly Missourians in the Washington, D.C. area. 


We’d like to thank all of our sponsors for their generous donation to the Missouri State Society. Thanks to your contribution, we are able to hold events for Missouri residents year round.

To learn more about becoming a Missouri State Society sponsor, please click here to email Tom Brandt, Sponsorship Chair.


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