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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 »

6, June 2014

Civil War Love Letters: June 6–22, 1864

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

Molly Dear

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 »

3, June 2014

St. Louis and the Plan for a Midwestern Disneyland

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 »

2, June 2014

Civil War Love Letters: June 2, 1864

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.

Camp Oglethorpe
Macon Georgia
June 2d 1864

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30, May 2014

Maya Angelou, 1928–2014

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 »