Over the years, I have heard people speak of the Home Defender newspaper in a derogatory way. I had never looked at it myself until one day when a copy of it happened to turn up in front of me. It was the Dec. 11, 1915, edition, and I thought I would take a look. The Home Defender defended restrictive covenants in housing. A vote on the issue was coming up on Feb. 29, 1916, and the paper was encouraging people to vote for the restrictive covenants. Read more »
My husband's passion for the local food trucks that show up weekly at his place of work and on the second Friday of each summer month in Tower Grove Park made me wonder how long St. Louisans have been buying food out of the back or side of a vehicle. Through a quick search of our digitized photograph collection, it turns out the ritual has been going on for more than 100 years. Back in 1904 the Third Street Market consisted of a manic assortment of horse-drawn wagons and carts, all selling food. Read more »
East St. Louis jazz legend Miles Davis is the newest face of the U.S. Postal Service. Yesterday stamps were released featuring him playing the trumpet. In a collaboration with La Poste of France, stamps of French crooner Edith Piaf are also available.
Alvin Parks, mayor of East St. Louis, attended a celebration held at City Hall yesterday and called Davis, who died in 1991, “a true ambassador for the city.” Read more »
The men of Company K continued to march through Kentucky and Tennessee, toward places where Union and Confederate troops were fighting for control of the Mississippi River. While on the march, James and his men heard news of the fall of Fort Pillow and the city of Memphis. The Confederate Fort Pillow, on the Tennessee bank of the Mississippi River, was the last barrier to Memphis. The Union flotilla of ironclads and gunboats had been bombarding the fort during April. On May 10, the Confederate fleet of rams attacked the Union fleet.Read more »
Slaves Dred and Harriet Scott began their fight for freedom over 160 years ago at the Old Courthouse in St. Louis. Today in front of that very building, the first life-size statue of the couple will be unveiled. Read more »
The Visa National Gymnastics Championships are kicking off today in St. Louis. Top qualifiers will head to the Olympic trials in San Jose on June 28. Those who make the cut will go for the gold at the London Games, due to start on July 27. Read more »
James last wrote from Leavenworth, Kansas, on May 27, 1862. He and his company then traveled to St. Louis, arriving on May 31, where he finally had an opportunity to see Molly. While in St. Louis, his company learned that Federal troops had already captured Corinth, Mississippi. The men left St. Louis and went first to Cairo, Illinois, then took a steamboat to Columbus, Kentucky, arriving there on June 2.
When I started my internship at the Missouri History Museum, I was most excited about the opportunity to work with rare and beautiful objects that I would never come across in my everyday life. There is something wonderful about meeting, learning about, and handling objects that are one-of-a-kind. So imagine my surprise when the most poignant find for me was an object that I had spent every summer with throughout my growing years.
Photo at left: Coleman portable glass stove, ca. 1960s. Courtesy of Maggie Abbott.Read more »
In late May 1862, five companies of the 8th Kansas Infantry regiment, including James’s Company K, finally left Kansas and headed to the war to join Major General Henry W. Halleck’s command at Corinth, Mississippi. United States forces had wanted to take control of Corinth and its southern railroad junction, and sever Confederate railroad communication, since February. After their loss in the Battle of Shiloh, Confederate forces under General P.G.T. Beauregard retreated to Corinth. At the end of April, Halleck, commander of U.S.Read more »
Be it a simple spark or a roaring inferno, fire elicits both fear and fascination. Fire warms us, but it can just as easily destroy us. Flames can engulf a city, leaving death and destruction. By harnessing fire, workers forge sturdy steel and artists create delicate glass objects of great beauty. Campfires and candlelit services create a sense of community and camaraderie. Using artifacts from its extensive collection and local collectors, the Missouri History Museum examines the mystifying duality of fire in a family-friendly new exhibition, Fire! Friend and Foe. Read more »
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