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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 »

22, August 2014

Building Bridges: Labor Rights Activism in St. Louis

This post is the third 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 »

6, August 2014

More Than Meets the Eye: Civil Rights Activism in St. Louis

This post is the second 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 »

24, July 2014

The Avenues of Activism Project: Teens Record History

From May 2013 to May 2014, the Teens Make History Exhibitors conducted the Avenues of Activism Oral History Project. In this introductory post—the first in a short series about the project—the TMH Exhibitors share the basic outlines of their project, as well as some of what they learned about activism in general.
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