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28, May 2013

The Man Who Inspired Documentary on Civil Rights

In 1977, the course of Walter Naegle’s life changed as he walked down the street in Times Square and into the path of activist Bayard Rustin. Many people today may not be familiar with Rustin’s civil rights’ contributions, but Walter Naegle had already heard about the man who served as lead organizer for the March on Washington with Dr. King and who fought for people’s rights throughout the world. However, what Naegle didn’t know in that moment is that he would fall in love and eventually follow in Rustin’s footsteps by dedicating his life to social justice.  Read more »

28, May 2013

Civil War Love Letters: May 28, 1863

In this letter, James primarily describes the boredom and monotony of camp life in Nashville, but he briefly mentions news from Vicksburg and a recent election in St. Louis. By the end of May, after two unsuccessful assaults on Vicksburg, Mississippi, Union general Ulysses S. Grant decided to lay siege to the city. He surrounded the city, cutting off all its communications and supplies. The news from St. Louis referred to the election of members of a state convention to decide the issue of emancipation in Missouri. Charles D. Read more »

24, May 2013

Don't Fumble Your Chance to See Gridiron Glory: The Best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame

This weekend is the kickoff of a new exhibit that may at first seem like an odd fit for the Missouri History Museum. Gridiron Glory comes to us from Canton, Ohio, as part of the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s celebration of its 50th anniversary. Click here to watch a tour inside the exhibit. Read more »

21, May 2013

Where Does History Begin?

The process of choosing a group of 50 artifacts for our 250 in 250 exhibit is as challenging as the process has been for the selection of 50 people. With an enormous collection of artifacts to cull from, the History Museum’s curators considered artifacts that have rarely or never been shown, hoping to balance them against collection icons visitors expect to see. Though we curators want to include the reassuring touchstones of our history, sometimes provoking new insight through unexpected objects is exciting and informative for everyone involved. Read more »

21, May 2013

A Garden Blooms from Monticello's Seeds

This spring, I was invited to present our Teaching About Slavery program at the National Council for History Education conference in Richmond, VA. It turned out to be the perfect opportunity to visit Monticello’s gardens in preparation for our Gillette Family Garden project here at the Museum. Read more »

20, May 2013

Civil War Love Letters: May 20, 1863 (Part 2)

To read a recap of the first 100 letters from James Love, click here. Read more »

19, May 2013

Civil War Love Letters: May 20, 1863 (Part 1)

Today's letter marks the 100th letter that James Love wrote home to Molly Wilson in St. Louis during the course of the Civil War. To read a recap of the first 100 letters from James Love, click here. Read more »

12, May 2013

A Recap of the First 100 Civil War Love Letters

We have just published the 100th letter in the Civil War Love Letters series. The series follows the life of a Union soldier named James Love, who faithfully writes letters to his fiancee, Molly Wilson, in St. Louis. We have been publishing the contents of each letter, along with links to the original version, 150 years to the day that James wrote each one. If you haven't been following the series, here is a chance to get caught up. We've compiled the highlights of the first 100 letters into a handy recap below. Read more »

10, May 2013

Civil War Love Letters: May 10, 1863

In this letter, James writes of copperheads, good news from Vicksburg and Fredericksburg, and a newspaper article about Charles Drake. The term "copperheads" referred to northerners who opposed the war and the abolition of slavery, and favored immediate peace. James clearly had no kind words for them. Regarding the good news, by early May 1863, Union general Ulysses S. Grant was several weeks into his campaign to take Vicksburg, Mississippi. When James wrote this letter, the campaign was by no means complete, but had so far succeeded better than previous attempts. Read more »

7, May 2013

An Intern Reflects on His Contribution to an Exhibit

I was very excited to begin my internship at the Missouri History Museum in last August. Although my position as a K–12 Educational Interpreter Intern has been quite rewarding, it comes with its share of challenges. As a graduate student I was no stranger to overcoming obstacles, but MHM would provide me with my biggest challenge yet: I was given the opportunity to create the educational component for the exhibit Question Bridge: Black Males (open through June 16). Schools from all over the St. Read more »