Spring in St. Louis
1, April 2015

Sylvestre Labbadie Jr. and the French Connections of Colonial St. Louis

Colonial St. Louisans had to go to great lengths in order to maintain their ties to French culture. Their village, after all, was small and at the very edge of the part of North America that Europeans had explored. In order to maintain their ties to France and French culture, St. Louisans traveled to France or to towns in North America that also had a strong French culture, like New Orleans or Montreal. They also brought in French goods such as fabrics, home décor, and books in order to try to keep up with the latest trends in Paris. Read more »

30, March 2015

Civil War Love Letters: Jessie Love Stuart, Lewis B. Stuart Jr., and the Letters

This is the last post in our series. All of the letters have been compiled into a book, My Dear Molly: The Civil War Letters of Captain James Love, which is available now. You can hear Molly Kodner talk about the project at 7 pm on Tuesday, April 7, at the Museum.
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27, March 2015

WWI Artifacts and Memories: Fritz Von Versen’s Letters from the German Front

At the outbreak of World War I, Missouri and St. Louis had a substantial population claiming German origins or heritage. The percentage of Missouri’s population that was first-generation German was 11.2, the largest immigrant group in the state, and 20% of St. Louis’s population was either born in Germany or claimed both parents were born in Germany. Read more »

26, March 2015

St. Louis Gallery to Feature a Retrospective of Max Starkloff's Paintings

The Bruno David Gallery in St. Louis will host Max Starkloff: A Retrospective from March 27 to June 27. The exhibition will feature several paintings by the late Max Starkloff. Read more »

25, March 2015

A Place to Call Home

We are the Teens Make History Exhibitors, and our job at the Missouri History Museum is to work on exhibit projects. For example, over the past couple of years, the Teens Make History Exhibitors have completed projects such as Between Two Worlds: Veterans Journey Home, an exhibit that looked at veterans returning from war, and Avenues of Activism, an oral history project exploring activism in St. Louis regarding civil, labor, and LGBT rights. We are currently in the midst of our third project cycle, which is an interactive game called A Place to Call Home. Read more »

23, March 2015

Celebrating Women’s History Year Round

One of my favorite objects in our Reflections gallery is a print of the March 1919 cover of The Missouri Woman. In bold letters at the bottom of the cover it reads “Suffrage Triumphant.” This triumph was the Missouri House’s passage of the Presidential Suffrage Bill on February 12. This bill wasn’t a close victory either; it passed by a vote of 123 to 7. If the Senate passed this bill Governor Fredrick Gardner would sign it into law. Only a month prior to the House passing the bill, Governor Gardner had this to say about woman’s suffrage: Read more »

18, March 2015

Remembering Lincoln

The Missouri Historical Society is excited to contribute items to the new Remembering Lincoln digital collection, created by Ford’s Theatre for the 150th anniversary of the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln.

Left: “Abraham Lincoln Telling a Story.” Graphite drawing by unknown artist, 1864. Missouri Historical Society.

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17, March 2015

The Louisiana Purchase and the Constitutionalism of Thomas Jefferson

The Louisiana Purchase Treaty was officially announced to the people of the United States on July 4, 1803. That day, subscribers to the National Intelligencer and Washington Advertiser saw the following announcement: Read more »

17, March 2015

A Welsh Bard in St. Louis

March 1 was St. David’s Day, when Welsh people (the Cymry) all over the world celebrated their patron saint’s birthday. If you have any of the following surnames or your ancestors do, you’re Cymric! These are just a few: Baines/Banes, Blevins, Bowen, Cadwallader, Davies/Davis, Ellis, Evans/Bevan, Howell, Hughes, Jenkins, Jones, Lloyd, Llewelyn, Loy, Maddox, Merrick, Morgan, Morris, Powell, Perkins, Price/Pryce, Parry,Rees/Reese/Reece/Rhys, Thomas, Thompson, Vaughn, and Williams. Read more »

13, March 2015

WWI Artifacts and Memories—Gas Warfare

The First World War debuted ruinous tools of warfare that wreaked havoc on the warring armies. Among these were the machine gun, the armored tank, aircraft, and chemical warfare. All of these technologies had seen limited service around the world in the years prior, but until World War I they had not been utilized to such a devastating degree. Read more »