In 2011 the Missouri History Museum installed a state-of-the-art freezer for long-term preservation of deteriorating nitrate and acetate films and still photography. Over time, old film bases begin to decay. Nitrate film causes one set of problems, acetate another, but both sets of problems can be resolved by proper preservation assessment and cold storage. Frozen storage halts the deterioration process for both film base types, giving us decades in which to find funding to perform further preservation and duplication of these relics. Read more »
From August 18 to September 4, 1862, the men of the 8th Kansas Infantry regiment, which was part of a large force of Union troops going after Confederate General Braxton Bragg, marched over 240 miles from Eastport, Mississippi, to Nashville, Tennessee, with very few rations, hardly any blankets or tents, and barely any time to rest.Read more »
Actress and funny girl Phyllis Diller has passed away at the age of 95. One of the first successful female comedians, she’s best known for appearances in Bob Hope films and the TV show Laugh-In. Read more »
During the month of August 1862, events in the western theater of the Civil War were centered on Tennessee and Kentucky. James mentions that Confederate general P.G.T. Beauregard and Union major general Ulysses S. Grant were “playing a game of chess,” but the real leaders of the opposing sides in the area were Union major general Don Carlos Buell and Confederate general Braxton Bragg. James and his regiment were part of Buell’s army that marched through northern Alabama to Tennessee.Read more »
Ever wonder how libraries and museums acquire their collections? In some cases, they connect with individual collectors. In this video, librarian Emily Jaycox shares how one prominent St. Louisan—William K. Bixby—contributed to the Missouri History Museum Library and Archives. In addition to contributing to Museum collections, Bixby served as Missouri Historical Society president from 1907 to 1913 and again from 1925 to 1930. Next time you visit the Museum, stop by his namesake, Bixby’s restaurant. Read more »
Books have always been very intriguing objects to me—I can get lost for hours exploring a library or a used book store, or even organizing my own personal library. This fact is one of the reasons I was so excited to begin my internship at the Missouri History Museum’s Library and Research Center.
Image at left: An illustration inside of a book titled The English Home of Major Andre at Bath. Missouri History Museum. Read more »
On March 27, 2012, an unseasonably warm evening, people streamed into the Lee Auditorium of the Missouri History Museum to hear a lecture on the Willie Lynch Myth. Dr. Jelani Cobb spoke before an audience of more than 300. Shortly before the event, Dr. Read more »
No event better represents both the similarities and differences between the 1904 Olymic Games and those currently being held in London than the marathon.
In St. Louis, the race began at what is now known as Francis Field on the Washington University campus and was then run over county roads. The St. LouisPost-Dispatch wrote that “the course resembles the road from Marathon to Athens in that the hills are about the same height as those in Greece.” Read more »
While James and his company remained in Eastport, Mississippi, they had to deal with problems nearby and within their ranks. On Friday, August 8th, they had to fight a band of guerrillas over some supplies at Chickasaw, Mississippi. In the end, James and his men captured 24 barrels of flour and 8 barrels of salt. Then, on Sunday, August 10, the day James started this letter, two men from the company got drunk and stole from the sutler, a trader who sold provisions to the troops. The sutler reported the theft to Captain John Greelish, the Officer of the Day.Read more »
The Underneath It Allexhibit (currently open at the Missouri History Museum) is a visually stunning display of fashionable silhouettes from 19th century and beyond. Much work was done behind the scenes before the exhibit opened, and Missouri History Museum intern Bobby Watson photographed and documented the installation. His images and observations are below. Read more »
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