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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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
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 »
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