Behing the Scenes videos
26, January 2017

It's Neon Time!

Neon expert David Hutson has restored multiple signs along Route 66 in Missouri, including the Donut Drive-In and Sunset Motel signs. While making the feature-length documentary Show Me 66: Main Street Through Missouri, we spent some time with Hutson at Neon Time, his shop in St. Charles. There we discussed the role neon played on Route 66 and why neon has become such a big part of the road's cultural legacy. Read more »

3, June 2013

Behind the Scenes: General Grier Collection

Missouri History Museum volunteer Annalisa Bolin shares letters written by her great-great-great-grandfather, a Civil War general named David P. Grier. Read more »

28, February 2013

Behind the Scenes: The Gunn Diaries

Do you keep a diary? Lucky for the Missouri History Museum, Thomas Butler Gunn did. Join Associate Archivist Jaime Bourassa as she describes Gunn's life and the contents of his diaries. All of the diaries can be read online, beginning here. Read more »

30, January 2013

Behind the Scenes: Foundry Tools, Part II

Many steps go into creating a new collection at the Missouri History Museum—join curator David Lobbig as he takes us through the process in this two-part series. In Part I, you learned the types of information curators gather about new objects. In the second part, learn how objects are cleaned, labeled, and transported to our conservation lab. Read more »

19, December 2012

Behind the Scenes: Foundry Tools, Part I

Many steps go into creating a new collection at the Missouri History Museum—join curator David Lobbig as he takes us through the process in this two-part series. In Part I, find out what kind of information curators gather about new objects.

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21, November 2012

Behind the Scenes: Not Available in Stores

Sometimes libraries and museums acquire items from collectors. In other cases, people donate objects and papers from their own lives. In this video, librarian Emily Jaycox shows the wide variety of items given to the Archives as gifts over the years. From yearbooks to restaurant menus, these items are “not available in stores.” Read more »

12, October 2012

Behind the Scenes: African American War Soldiers

While researching Civil War documents, archivist Dennis Northcott came across dozens of letters describing the plight of the 55th Massachusetts infantry, the group of African American soldiers depicted in the 1989 Oscar-winning movie Glory. Watch the video to learn more and to hear an excerpt from one of the letters. Read more »

10, September 2012

Behind the Scenes: 9/11 Memorial Flag

Last year, Art Hill in St. Louis's Forest Park staged a moving 10th anniversary memorial to the victims of September 11, 2001. The hill was covered with large flags, each dedicated to someone who lost his or her life in the attacks. Missouri History Museum (MHM) curator Sharon Smith shares the tragic story behind one flag, and describes why it was important that MHM preserve a piece of the memorial. Read more »

16, August 2012

Behind the Scenes: William K. Bixby

Ever wonder how libraries and museums acquire their collections? In some cases, they connect with individual collectors. In this video, librarian Emily Jaycox shares how one prominent St. Louisan—William K. Bixby—contributed to the Missouri History Museum Library and Archives. In addition to contributing to Museum collections, Bixby served as Missouri Historical Society president from 1907 to 1913 and again from 1925 to 1930. Next time you visit the Museum, stop by his namesake, Bixby’s restaurant. Read more »

19, July 2012

Behind the Scenes: The Fury of Battle

Every object has a story, but some have more dramatic tales to tell. Watch this video to learn how a pocket watch saved a soldier’s life. For more fascinating objects and stories from the Civil War, visit The Civil War in Missouri exhibition, open at the Missouri History Museum through June 2013. Read more »