The Missouri History Museum has a vast array of videos in its Sound and Moving Images collection, which we occasionally share on our blog. Today I came across this gem from 1969, when the St. Louis Art Museum was known as the City Art Museum (it changed to its current name in 1971). Read more »
To coincide with the centennial of the start of World War I in 1914, the Missouri History Museum is working on a project to catalog and photograph its World War I holdings. Our process and progress will be shared in a new series on our blog. Using objects, photographs, and archival collections, we will honor the sacrifices and experiences of Missouri men and women during “the war to end war.” Read more »
If you've been to the Missouri History Museum's 250 in 250 exhibit, you've seen the section on 50 people with a St. Louis connection. Within that section is a panel for a 51st person significant in St. Louis (and often beyond). The 51st person is voted on by the public and changes each month. In June, we are focusing the spotlight on legendary jazz musician Miles Davis. Read more »
On Field Trip Fridays we’ll suggest St. Louis–area places to visit that have some connection to the exhibit 250 in 250. They can relate to any of the 50 People, 50 Places, 50 Images, 50 Moments, or 50 Objects in the show.
Today I encourage you to head to the Katherine Dunham Dynamic Museum in East St. Louis, Illinois.
Left: Katherine Dunham Dynamic Museum. Photograph, 1976. Katherine Dunham Collection, Missouri History Museum.Read more »
June 6, 1944: D-Day. The day when more than 160,000 American and Allied forces landed on the beaches of Normandy in an effort to overtake the German advances in France.
Many St. Louis soldiers heroically battled German forces, whether at sea, on the ground, or in the air. Scrapbooks housed in the Missouri History Museum Library collection chronicle the events of D-Day (and World War II in general), focusing on St. Louisans who were there. Read more »
At the end of this letter, there is a note from Molly’s brother William C. Wilson, dated June 22, 1864. William forwarded this letter and others to Molly, who was presumably visiting her family and friends in Illinois at the time. In 1864, William owned a steam bakery, Wilson & Atwell, in St. Louis.
Camp Oglethorpe Macon Ga. June 6th 1864
I understand a mail will leave to day so I hasten to improve the opportunity. We hope to hear from St. Louis soon. We get news from our armies every day, but none from home for over a month. Read more »
It’s the eve of my family’s annual summer vacation, and this time it’s the big one. You know, that magical place in Orlando. I’ve spent weeks planning this trip to Disney World, poring over a seemingly endless fount of information: where to dine, where to stay, how to get from here to there, which apps I need, and which attractions to see. Read more »
In this letter, James again mentions Molly’s “grand fair,” a reference to St. Louis’s Mississippi Valley Sanitary Fair, which raised money for the Western Sanitary Commission to buy hospital supplies for sick and wounded soldiers. The fair opened on May 17, 1864, closed a few weeks later, and raised over $550,000. Molly and her sister Sallie were in the Floral Department.
With Maya Angelou’s passing on May 28, the world lost a prolific poet and author. In her lifetime, Angelou was awarded more than 30 honorary degrees, received three Grammy Awards for spoken word recordings, and was given the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Obama, just to list a few of her many honors.
Photo at left by Adria Richards, 2009. Wikimedia Commons.Read more »
The Missouri History Museum has the largest regional media archive in the country. According to Klara Foeller, curator of Moving Image and Sound at the Museum, one of the collections we are currently preparing to digitize is the Epsilon Dalzell Premier (Premier Studios) collection. The bulk of the collection is composed of television commercials for St. Louis companies such as Purina, Anheuser-Busch, Monarch Knapp, and Brown Shoe. These commercials were broadcast to a regional audience, including those in Missouri, Georgia, Nebraska, Arkansas, and Ohio. Read more »
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