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10, October 2013

Civil War Love Letters: October 10, 1863

After 10 days at a Confederate field hospital, James was transported, along with other wounded prisoners, to Atlanta, where he wrote this brief letter to Molly’s brother Alex. James’s name was not included in the lists of casualties published in the Daily Missouri Republican or the Missouri Democrat newspapers. However, many of the soldiers in James’s regiment, who saw him fall after being shot, believed that he had been killed. Read more »

7, October 2013

African American Pioneers in 1968: Josephine Baker

The 1968 Exhibit sheds light on the national landscape of American culture, politics, movements, music, and more of that tumultuous year. While preparing for the exhibit's opening, Community Education & Events intern Domonique Taylor studied the content in search of ways to showcase St. Louis’s own contributions to the era. She focused her attention on four accomplished African American St. Louis women. These women embody the characteristics of the time period in their fights for equality and success in male-dominated fields. Read more »

4, October 2013

“Where Did They Go to High School?”: A Brief History of the First High Schools in St. Louis

Part 1: Catholic Schools

One question I have heard again and again since arriving in St. Louis is that ubiquitous one: “Where did you go to high school?” As a non-native, I am mostly excused from answering this, but, when I mention my St. Louis–born boyfriend, I am often asked where HE went to school. Recently, this prompted me to do a little research on the history of high school education in St. Louis.

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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 »