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10, July 2014

Museum Author Shares Many Stories about Those Buried at Bellefontaine Cemetery

At least 87,000 people are buried in Bellefontaine Cemetery in St. Louis, and I'm pretty sure that Carol Ferring Shepley knows most of their stories. In her 2008 MHM book, Movers and Shakers, Scalawags and Suffragettes: Tales from Bellefontaine Cemetery, she shares the history of the cemetery and delves into some of its most notable inhabitants. The book was the 2009 Gold Medal winner for the Independent Publisher Book Awards (best regional non-fiction), and Shepley is still in high demand for speaking engagements and interviews. Read more »

8, July 2014

Stepping Onto 139-Year-Old Streets: A First Look at Upcoming Exhibit

In 1874–1875, St. Louisan Richard Compton, a sheet music publisher, teamed up with wandering draftsman Camille Dry on a task that sounds impossible: draw—in accurate perspective—every single home, building, street, and even tree in St. Louis. Pictorial St. Louis, published in 1876, was the incredible result of their effort. Measuring 24 feet wide by 8 feet tall when pieced together, it was the largest and most exact view of any city in the world up to that time. Read more »

4, July 2014

Field Trip Fridays: Fair Saint Louis

On Field Trip Fridays, an occasional series, we’ll suggest 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 Moments, 50 Images, or 50 Objects in the show. Read more »

2, July 2014

WWI Artifacts and Memories: H. H. Luedinghaus and the USS Vencedor

A total of 156,000 Missourians heeded the call to serve their nation during World War I. As they filled induction stations and boarded trains for training camps across the country, St. Louisan H. H. Luedinghaus and nine young businessmen, including fellow St. Louisans W. C. Uhri Jr., George H. Nelkamp, Walter H. Kobusch, Russell E. Lortz, Ambrose E. Lortz, Ray Bolin, and Clifford Glazer, chose to make their own way in the war. The group purchased a yacht and offered their services to the United States Navy. Read more »

27, June 2014

The History Museum Shows Its Pride

PrideFest St. Louis is going on this weekend at Soldiers’ Memorial. In 2011, Advocate magazine named St. Louis one of the top 10 gay-friendly cities in the United States, partly because the city boasts one of the largest Pride festivals in the country. St. Louis’s PrideFest occurs the last weekend in June, commemorating the efforts of the Stonewall activists, New Yorkers who protested for gay rights in 1969. In 2013, PrideFest moved downtown for the first time in St. Read more »

26, June 2014

Van Gogh Visits St. Louis in Vintage Video

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 »

23, June 2014

New Series Showcases WWI Artifacts and Memories

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 »

19, June 2014

250 in 250: Miles Davis in American Culture

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 »

13, June 2014

Field Trip Fridays: Katherine Dunham Dynamic Museum

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 »

6, June 2014

Reliving D-Day through St. Louis Soldiers' Stories

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 »