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1, October 2013

Celebrating Bosnian Heritage

Last weekend, in the Bevo Mill district of south St. Louis (also known as “Little Bosnia”), ground was broken on a new monument to the area’s Bosnian community. This monument will be a replica of the Sebilj, a stone and wooden fountain in the center of Sarejevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina. This new monument will celebrate the great success of the Bosnian community in St. Louis. Today, St. Louis is home to the most Bosnians outside of Bosnia and Herzegovina; about 70,000 Bosnian people live in St Louis, and another 45,000 live in the Chicago area. Read more »

27, September 2013

Following in James Love's Footsteps: Battle of Chickamauga

As part of my research for the Civil War Love Letters series, I traveled to the three battlefields where James Love was present in the 1860s. I previously wrote about my visits to the Perryville Battlefield in Kentucky, the Stones River National Battlefield in Tennessee, and the Tennessee State Capitol building in Nashville. All these places marked important points in James’s military service. Read more »

23, September 2013

Civil War Love Letters: September 23, 1863

On the morning of September 19, Major General George H. Thomas, who commanded a corps of the Union Army of the Cumberland, sent some of his men to capture a nearby Confederate brigade. Instead of finding an isolated brigade, they found the rear of Confederate general Braxton Bragg’s army, and started the Battle of Chickamauga. Over the next two days, Bragg’s troops fought the army of Union general William S. Rosecrans along several miles of the Lafayette road, which led to Chattanooga. On the first day, Bragg’s troops reached the road, but were repeatedly forced back. Read more »

20, September 2013

Chasing the Ghosts of Pearl Curran

When I was asked to write about a handful of the fifty people who would be featured in the 250 in 250 exhibit, my eyes were immediately drawn to a few of them. As a student interested in the history of education and childhood, I was, of course, immediately drawn to Julia Davis and Susan Blow, two of the most influential educators in St. Louis history. I have a keen interest in the 1904 World’s Fair, which made writing a label about Fair president and former St. Louis mayor David Francis seem like a no-brainer. I have also done some research on ragtime in St. Read more »

19, September 2013

Civil War Love Letters: September 19, 1863

Molly Kodner, Associate Archivist at the Missouri History Museum, is currently in Chickamauga to take part in the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Chickamauga. She will be sending photos of the events via Twitter and will write a post on our blog next week about her experience. To see photos on Twitter, go to this link:
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17, September 2013

Gillette Family Garden: Okuru, Gombo, or Just Plain Okra

As a Ph.D. student focusing on food history and representations of African Americans in public history, I jumped at the chance to work in the Gillette Family Garden at the Missouri History Museum. For the past month, I’ve been gardening, researching, and talking with visitors and staff about this project. My favorite plant in the garden is, without a doubt, okra. These plants—decked with handsome yellow flowers and plump green seed pods—have some serious roots. The name “okra” is a cognate to okuru in the Igbo language spoken in Nigeria. Read more »

16, September 2013

An Irish Immigrant in St. Louis

I moved to St. Louis from Dublin, Ireland, just six months ago. I am hardly the first Irish person to make that journey, a fact that quickly became apparent to me. From the “Kerry Patch” to Dogtown, St. Louis has had a strong Irish connection for centuries. In fact, St. Louis has been called “the chief Irish settlement in the United States.” Read more »

15, September 2013

Civil War Love Letters: September 15, 1863

After a couple days in camp at Alpine, Georgia, James moved again, as General William S. Rosecrans concentrated his army after receiving reports of failed attacks by Confederate general Bragg against Rosecrans’s isolated corps. Major General Alexander McD. McCook, commander of the corps to which James belonged, received orders to move north to support the corps of Major General George H. Thomas as quickly as possible. On September 13, McCook’s corps started to move. Read more »

12, September 2013

Civil War Love Letters: September 12, 1863

Since James wrote his last letter on September 6, he continued to move as part of General William S. Rosecrans’s Army of the Cumberland. On September 8, Rosecrans ordered his cavalry corps, commanded by Major General David S. Stanley, to make a reconnaissance toward Summerville and Alpine, Georgia, to determine the location of the enemy. Two brigades, including James’s, moved with the cavalry to provide support. On September 9, James marched from Valley Head, Alabama, across Lookout Mountain, to Neal’s Gap. Read more »

10, September 2013

Where Mark Twain and Jesse James Intersect

Last week my family and I visited Hannibal, Missouri, to check out the old stomping grounds of Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain). We toured his house and the houses that were the models for those of Huck Finn and Becky Thatcher. After browsing in some quaint shops such as Aunt Polly’s Treasures, eating lunch at the Becky Thatcher Diner, and gazing at the Mississippi River, we headed a mile down the road to the Mark Twain Cave.

Left: Hannibal, Missouri.

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