In an attempt to turn the tide of the Civil War, Confederate general Sterling Price planned an invasion of Missouri that took place in September and October of 1864. His primary objective was to capture St. Louis and its stores of arms, equipment, and goods, but Price’s superiors believed it might also divert Union troops from the war’s eastern theater, thereby reducing some of the unremitting pressure the Confederate armies there had been under. Read more »
Just a few short months ago, the Missouri History Museum got the official word: The National Archives would be lending us pages from the Treaty of Cession, one of three documents that make up the Louisiana Purchase, for display. This is a huge honor. The Treaty of Cession is not on display often, and institutions have to meet a rigorous set of guidelines to be able to show the Louisiana Purchase. Read more »
People interested in Missouri history may have encountered WPA (Works Progress Administration) murals in local post offices and other public buildings. They may not know of one in Mount Pleasant, MO, near Kansas City. By artist Tom Lea, best known for his depictions of scenes of war, Back Home, April 1865 shows a family returning to the smoking ruins of their house at the conclusion of the Civil War. Read more »
There is a lot of diversity within humanity, and how could there not be? We grow up in different areas and live within a wide range of lifestyles. We are immersed in cultures and subcultures that help to define us. Yet, even with our differences, we are human, and we are much the same. We try to live our lives to the best of our abilities and work toward a better future for ourselves and our loved ones. We grow old, and we hope that our lives, our story, had meaning. In this we are human, one and all, unchanged. Read more »
This post is the fourth and final in a series about the Teens Make History Avenues of Activism Oral History Project. Be sure tocheck out the Avenues of Activism playlist to watch more stories of activism in St. Louis. Read more »
For some reason, two lines were cut from the end of this letter. During the Civil War, mail to and from soldiers in prison camps was inspected. However, there is no evidence that any of James’s other letters from prison were censored. Since the lines were cut from the end, most likely they would have contained only his closing and signature.
Last week I had the privilege of acting as a courier for the loan of objects to the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York City. This was a very exciting opportunity, both for me personally and for the Missouri History Museum.
Left: Costume from Katherine Dunham's performance of Tropics. Missouri History Museum. Read more »
Amid the turmoil happening in Ferguson, Missouri, in recent weeks, the Missouri History Museum hosted a town hall meeting and strategy session on August 25 to provide a forum for our city's youth. The meeting was moderated by activist and author Kevin Powell, who spoke to a full-capacity crowd of nearly 700 people who came to discuss the future of our communities and our young people. Due to the level of interest, the discussion was streamed live to another 800 people who watched from two overflow rooms at the Museum. Read more »
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