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24, July 2015

The 25th Anniversary of ADA and Its St. Louis Connection

Twenty-five years ago, on July 26, 1990, President George H. W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) into law. The official goal was “to establish a clear and comprehensive prohibition of discrimination on the basis of disability.” Prior to the passing of the ADA, forms of discrimination against people with disabilities still existed—despite previous legislation—especially in areas such as employment, housing, public spaces, education, transportation, communications, health care, and public services. Read more »

17, July 2015

1875 St. Louis: The Russell Coal Mines

As many visitors of the Missouri History Museum’s current exhibit A Walk in 1875 St. Louis can attest, it can be quite the shock to glance across St. Louis of 140 years ago, especially if your neighborhood didn’t exist yet. For those who call Tower Grove South home, it can be even more of a shock knowing that in 1875 the neighborhood was being used as a coal mine! The resources hidden just beneath the area’s surface were quite valuable, and one family was busy adding their own tunnels, holes, and carvings to a landscape that already had quite a few natural ones. Read more »

14, July 2015

The Liberator and the Survivor

Volunteer docents at the Missouri History Museum are sometimes asked to accompany a tour that will be led by a curator. We greet the curator and guests and then respectfully move to the rear of the group as the tour begins. Most of the interaction occurs between the curator and the guests, but sometimes the docents are asked questions as well. The most frequently asked question on such evenings is, “Where is the restroom?” That always keeps us humble. Read more »

9, July 2015

Srebrenica Remembrance

This week marks the 20th anniversary of the massacre in Srebrenica. About 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys were killed by Serb forces in July 1995. This story resonates in St. Louis, home to many Bosnian refugees—the largest Bosnian population outside of Bosnia. Read more »

30, June 2015

WWI Artifacts and Memories: Branch Rickey

Best known as the man who broke the color barrier by signing Jackie Robinson to the Brooklyn Dodgers, Branch Rickey spent much of his baseball career in St. Louis—as a player, a manager, and in the front office for the St. Louis Browns and later the St. Louis Cardinals. Rickey played with the St. Louis Browns (1905 and 1906) and the New York Highlanders (1907). After putting up atrocious numbers, he decided to return to college to pursue a law degree. Rickey attended the University of Michigan, where he managed the school’s baseball team. Read more »

29, June 2015

Missourians Who Are Neither Impressed Nor Amused

All your nonsense has given William Chauvenet a headache. Read more »

25, June 2015

The Whiskey Ring Scandal

 “The chances are that a man cannot get into congress now without resorting to arts and means that should render him unfit to go there.”

—Mark Twain, The Gilded Age: A Tale of Today (1873) Read more »

23, June 2015

Art in the Clubhouse

When our History Clubhouse exhibit opens this weekend, the first things you’ll encounter are large-scale paintings of St. Louis attractions. Local children helped paint these murals alongside St. Louis artist Cbabi Bayoc. We are very excited to unveil these 12-foot-high murals when we open the Clubhouse this weekend; they truly embody what the History Clubhouse is all about. Read more »

19, June 2015

Missouri Listory: 10 Reasons the Gilded Age Wasn’t So Gilded

We are introducing a new column called "Missouri Listory," which explores our vast historical collections and features them in lists of wide-ranging topics. Our first post in this column was inspired by our current exhibit, A Walk in 1875 St. Louis. Although the era was known as the Gilded Age, we bring you 10 reasons why living in 1875 wasn't so wonderful.

1. 72-hour work weeks Read more »

18, June 2015

History Clubhouse: By Families, for Families

On June 27, the Missouri History Museum is doing something big, something we’ve never done before—we’re opening the History Clubhouse, a nearly 6,000-square-foot space that is designed specifically for children and families. Children have an innate need to figure out how the world around them works, and they are equipped with the necessary tools, including their vivid imaginations that can skyrocket them to another time or place. In the History Clubhouse everything is big, colorful, and hands-on. Read more »