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12, September 2016

How Charles Clement Holt Captured STL

Following is an excerpt from our newest book, Capturing the City: Photographs from the Streets of St. Louis, 1900–1930, written by Joseph Heathcott and Angela Dietz. You can pick up a copy online or in the Museum Shop. You can also view a selection of these images in the accompanying exhibit in the Museum's Atrium.
9, September 2016

Welcome Back, Motel St. Louis!

The Motel St. Louis—or at least its sign—is back home. Fifty years after being removed from its location on Route 66 near Lambert Airport, the motel sign has returned to St. Louis for the exhibit Route 66: Main Street Through St. Louis, open through July 16, 2017. Read more »

6, September 2016

Celebrating 25 Years of MHM Press

If you’ve ever read a Missouri History Museum Press book, you can thank Mary Plant Faust, a local philanthropist and the widow of Leicester Busch Faust (grandson of brewer Adolphus Busch and restaurateur Tony Faust). Back in the mid-1980s, Faust came to the Missouri Historical Society with an idea: Someone should create an illustrated history of St. Louis that could serve as a more accessible counterpart to historian James Neal Primm’s rather scholarly Lion of the Valley, published in 1981. Read more »

2, September 2016

Panoramic Perspectives: St. Louis by Sievers

If you’ve traveled through Terminal 2 at Lambert–St. Louis International Airport recently, you may have noticed that a little bit of the Missouri History Museum was there to welcome you home. Back in April, the Museum, in conjunction with Lambert Airport and the International Photography Hall of Fame, opened St. Read more »

29, August 2016

This Is Your Life

Soon after I started volunteering as a gallery attendant at the Missouri History Museum this past January, I learned that the Museum was looking for former St. Louis broadcasters to help the moving images and sound lab catalog 75 years’ worth of audio recordings, film, and videotape that had been donated mostly by local radio and TV stations. After spending the majority of my television career here, I was happy to volunteer, especially to archive material from my longtime employer, KMOX/KMOV-TV. Read more »

25, August 2016

What We Wore on the Mother Road

Although Route 66—the historic highway that connected Los Angeles to Chicago—was officially decommissioned in 1985, it’s very much alive in the hearts of motorcyclists to this day. It’s now common to see jeans, T-shirts, leather vests, and jackets whizzing by on the old 2,400-mile-long road as travelers check off the ultimate box on their bucket lists. But what did past generations sport on the Mother Road? Read more »

23, August 2016

Hair Jewelry and Tear Catchers (Oh My!)

The ghosts of the Victorian era's obsession with mourning rituals appear in the material remains of history. Although women's dresses, like those featured in the Little Black Dress exhibit, offer a fascinating perspective on the gradual adoption of fashion trends into mourning wear, the more unfamiliar artifacts, such as hair jewelry and tear catchers, provide a closer look at Victorian mourning customs. Read more »

19, August 2016

66 Through St. Louis: Chain of Rocks Bridge

St. Louis was the largest city on Route 66 between its ends in Chicago and Los Angeles, and traveling the highway through it was a different experience than traveling the highway through smaller towns and cities. St. Louis had endless choices, beginning with which Route 66 to take. The highway split into different paths through and around the city, and five different Mississippi River bridges would carry it at various times. The Chain of Rocks Bridge is easily the most well known of the five. It carried Route 66 from 1936 to 1955 and the 66 Bypass from 1955 to 1965. Read more »

17, August 2016

Artifact Lingo 101

You may have heard the terms preservation, conservation, and restoration used interchangeably in museums, antique shops, and even popular culture. These terms are often used to describe the acts of working with historic or artistic objects in order to keep them from deteriorating or make them look better (and sometimes both). Yet these three terms actually have distinct meanings. Read more »