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3, June 2013

Behind the Scenes: General Grier Collection

Missouri History Museum volunteer Annalisa Bolin shares letters written by her great-great-great-grandfather, a Civil War general named David P. Grier. Read more »

31, May 2013

The St. Louis Classical Guitar Society Turns 50

The St. Louis Classical Guitar Society, recognized as one of the best of its kind in the country, turns 50 on June 9. Since its inception in 1963 the Society has presented over 250 concerts and master classes from the world’s finest guitarists. Highly renowned classical and flamenco guitarists have drawn packed houses in St. Louis for the past five decades. Read more »

29, May 2013

Civil War Love Letters: May 29, 1863


Hd. Qts. 8th Ks. Vols.
Nashville Tenn
May 29th 1863

Dear Molly

It was only yesterday I wrote you and yet I commence my eternal palaver again. Well this is Friday & my usual epistle is due you on Sunday and I wont mail this before that time, so thats settled. Read more »

28, May 2013

The Man Who Inspired Documentary on Civil Rights

In 1977, the course of Walter Naegle’s life changed as he walked down the street in Times Square and into the path of activist Bayard Rustin. Many people today may not be familiar with Rustin’s civil rights’ contributions, but Walter Naegle had already heard about the man who served as lead organizer for the March on Washington with Dr. King and who fought for people’s rights throughout the world. However, what Naegle didn’t know in that moment is that he would fall in love and eventually follow in Rustin’s footsteps by dedicating his life to social justice.  Read more »

28, May 2013

Civil War Love Letters: May 28, 1863

In this letter, James primarily describes the boredom and monotony of camp life in Nashville, but he briefly mentions news from Vicksburg and a recent election in St. Louis. By the end of May, after two unsuccessful assaults on Vicksburg, Mississippi, Union general Ulysses S. Grant decided to lay siege to the city. He surrounded the city, cutting off all its communications and supplies. The news from St. Louis referred to the election of members of a state convention to decide the issue of emancipation in Missouri. Charles D. Read more »

24, May 2013

Don't Fumble Your Chance to See Gridiron Glory: The Best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame

This weekend is the kickoff of a new exhibit that may at first seem like an odd fit for the Missouri History Museum. Gridiron Glory comes to us from Canton, Ohio, as part of the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s celebration of its 50th anniversary. Click here to watch a tour inside the exhibit. Read more »

21, May 2013

Where Does History Begin?

The process of choosing a group of 50 artifacts for our 250 in 250 exhibit is as challenging as the process has been for the selection of 50 people. With an enormous collection of artifacts to cull from, the History Museum’s curators considered artifacts that have rarely or never been shown, hoping to balance them against collection icons visitors expect to see. Though we curators want to include the reassuring touchstones of our history, sometimes provoking new insight through unexpected objects is exciting and informative for everyone involved. Read more »

21, May 2013

A Garden Blooms from Monticello's Seeds

This spring, I was invited to present our Teaching About Slavery program at the National Council for History Education conference in Richmond, VA. It turned out to be the perfect opportunity to visit Monticello’s gardens in preparation for our Gillette Family Garden project here at the Museum. Read more »

20, May 2013

Civil War Love Letters: May 20, 1863 (Part 2)

To read a recap of the first 100 letters from James Love, click here. Read more »

19, May 2013

Civil War Love Letters: May 20, 1863 (Part 1)

Today's letter marks the 100th letter that James Love wrote home to Molly Wilson in St. Louis during the course of the Civil War. To read a recap of the first 100 letters from James Love, click here. Read more »