As the Museum prepares its 250 in 250 exhibit to commemorate the 250th anniversary of St. Louis, we are taking our readers behind the scenes of the yearlong exhibit-making process.
OK, this is going to be tough.
The idea was this: To commemorate St. Louis’s 250th anniversary in 2014, we create an exhibit that tells that history through 50 people, 50 places, 50 moments, 50 images, and 50 objects. The exhibit would be called 250 in 250. Read more »
As part of my research for the Civil War Love Letters series I decided to travel to the three battlefields where James was present during his time in the war. I spent a week driving from one battlefield to another, many times driving through the same areas where James marched 150 years ago. I planned the trip for the same time of year as two of James’s battle experiences, so aside from the highways, cars, and buildings, the landscape of trees in full fall foliage covering the hills and valleys of Kentucky and Tennessee looked much the same as they did in his time.Read more »
The memorials are easy to miss. A group of stuffed animals, maybe some photos, a cross draped with flowers—roadside tributes have become a ubiquitous feature of the American landscape. But when you stop and look more closely, you find that these monuments are telling stories: stories of loss but also of life.
Image at left: Lois Ingrum, creator of the "Doll Project."Read more »
Hd. Qts. 8th K. V. Camp at Nashville Jany 11th 1863
My Dearest Molly
In the feverish unrest consequent on a continued absence of our mails but partly because of a bad digestion and a very feverish state of the nerves, I am impelled again to address you, though I fear under such circumstances with but poor effect. My hand trembles dont it? Will my ideas come at will?
Our mail has gone to Murfreesboro, not once but half a dozen times and that is worse punishment than if there was no mail at all. It is aggravating! Positively! Read more »
Film cans often sit for years on shelves, awaiting the care of a professional film archivist, curator, or qualified preservationist to identify, document, repair, and conserve their contents. One of the more problematic kinds of film that we occasionally encounter in our work is nitrate film. The earliest film base (the material to which the film emulsion adheres) was made of nitrate cellulose. Read more »
Since his last letter on December 26, James was preoccupied with the events surrounding the Battle of Stone’s River, or Murfreesboro, Tennessee. While James and his regiment, along with 10,000 other troops, remained in Nashville to guard the city, other regiments from his brigade and division marched 25 miles toward Murfreesboro, where Confederate general Braxton Bragg and his men were camped. By December 30, the forces of Union general William S. Rosecrans’s Army of the Cumberland faced Bragg and his men, with both sides planning attacks on the enemy’s right flank the following day.Read more »
St. Louis will turn 250 years old in 2014, and we recently decided to plan an exhibit to commemorate the anniversary. This exhibit gives us the opportunity to tell St. Louis’s history in a number of new ways and to invite our visitors to think broadly and deeply about the city’s past, present, and future.
Photo at left: The 250 in 250 exhibit team meets for the first time.Read more »
In this letter, his first since December 8, James uses his journal to recount his activities and those of his regiment over the past several days. In October 1862, James’s regiment, the 8th Kansas Infantry, became part of General William S. Rosecrans’s Army of the Cumberland, XIV Corps. This corps, which consisted of over 150 infantry regiments, 1 regiment of engineers, 35 artillery batteries, and 6 cavalry regiments, was divided into three wings: Right, Center and Left. James and his regiment, which was part of the Right Wing, were camped in the area around Nashville.Read more »
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