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.
Twenty-seven years later, Joe returned to Washington as a member of Congress representing the Joplin area from 1923-1932 and again served as President of the Society.
What is the Missouri State Society?
The Missouri State Society (MSS) of Washington, D.C. is a nonpartisan, non-profit section 501(c)4 organization affiliated with the National Conference of State Societies (NCSS). The MSS membership is comprised of Missourians living and working in the Washington, D.C. area. The MSS 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 MSS hosts and sponsors events throughout the year in an effort to bring together Missourians in a friendly and social setting. MSS events include happy hours, group outings to local sporting events featuring Missouri teams, and charity fundraisers. In addition, the MSS participates in the National Cherry Blossom Festival each spring where the society sponsors the Missouri Cherry Blossom Princess.