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13, December 2016

What I Learned Thanks to Show Me 66

After a year of researching, conducting interviews, collecting archival footage, and taking nearly a dozen road trips, the Missouri History Museum released its first feature-length documentary, Show Me 66: Main Street Through Missouri. The film is a wide-angle look at the Missouri people, places, moments, and events that helped make Route 66 the most famous highway in the world—no small task when dealing with 90 years of history and 300 miles of road. Read more »

20, September 2016

What Waits Along Route 66

In November 2016 the Missouri History Museum will release a feature-length documentary titled Show Me 66: Main Street Through Missouri. Equal parts travelogue and historical narrative, the film will explore the sights and landscapes found along Route 66. Read more »

5, August 2016

How'd You Get Those in There?

When you visit an exhibit, do you ever stop to wonder how that exhibit came to fruition and who all worked to get it out on the floor for you to enjoy? As the exhibits registrar for the Missouri History Museum, I can assure you that our latest exhibit, Route 66: Main Street Through St. Louis, required a strong and dedicated team effort to get it in place and ready for its debut. Read more »

1, April 2016

All Dressed Up with Someplace to Go

When Little Black Dress: From Mourning to Night opens to the public on April 2, it will feature more than 60 dresses from the collections of the Missouri Historical Society, ranging from mid-19th-century mourning wear to sleek designs from the current day’s top designers. Each of these garments tells a fascinating story, from societal expectations for women to the evolution of the color black from sadness symbol to fashion staple. Read more »

30, November 2015

What’s an Arch—And Why Does St. Louis Need One?

It was a job, a paycheck they told me. Welders were making about $2.81 an hour, a decent wage in the 1960s. The PDM workers in Warren, Pennsylvania, built the body of the Arch in sections, and then shipped it to St. Louis, not knowing exactly what the sections were for.

“Why does St. Louis need an arch?” a welder asked his supervisor.

“They don’t need one, but they’re putting it on their riverfront. They are known as the 'Gateway to the West.'”

The welder replied, “They’ve been there for 200 hundred years. Why do they need it now?” Read more »

25, August 2015

Unearthing St. Louis's Prehistory

As an anthropology and archaeology major, I usually work with small and incomplete objects, since sitting in the ground for hundreds or thousands of years is typically quite rough on artifacts. While interning this summer at the Library and Research Center of the Missouri Historical Society, I received the unique opportunity to work with some of the Society’s prehistoric collections. Since information on the ancient people who lived in the St. Read more »

30, July 2015

Swabbing the Decks: Conserving a Steamboat Model

Preparing an object for exhibition involves a thorough examination in the conservation lab to determine the overall stability and condition of the item. Addressing concerns before exhibition helps ensure the overall preservation of the object for both the short term of the exhibit and the long term as part of our collection. Read more »

25, March 2015

A Place to Call Home

We are the Teens Make History Exhibitors, and our job at the Missouri History Museum is to work on exhibit projects. For example, over the past couple of years, the Teens Make History Exhibitors have completed projects such as Between Two Worlds: Veterans Journey Home, an exhibit that looked at veterans returning from war, and Avenues of Activism, an oral history project exploring activism in St. Louis regarding civil, labor, and LGBT rights. We are currently in the midst of our third project cycle, which is an interactive game called A Place to Call Home. Read more »

12, September 2014

Bringing Everyone to the Table: LGBT Rights Activism in St. Louis

This post is the fourth and final in a series about the Teens Make History Avenues of Activism Oral History Project. Be sure to check out the Avenues of Activism playlist to watch more stories of activism in St. Louis. Read more »

27, August 2014

Festival of Nations Allows Museum to Showcase Its International Focus

On August 22–23, the Missouri History Museum had a booth at my favorite St. Louis event, the Festival of Nations. The annual two-day multiethnic celebration features music, food, dance, crafts, and folk art demonstrations. More than 50 different nations are represented at the festival each year. Our staff ate delicious food at the celebrations, from doro wat (Ethiopian) to jasha maroo (Bhutanese). We were able to watch the energetic moves of the Grupo Atlántico Dancers (Colombian) and hear the beautiful music of St. Louis Spelmannsag (Scandinavian). Read more »