Spring in St. Louis
3, August 2014

Civil War Love Letters: August 3, 1864

Since his last letter, James was one of many prisoners moved from Camp Oglethorpe in Macon, Georgia, to Charleston, South Carolina. The first group of 50 officers left Macon on June 10, 1864, and arrived in Charleston two days later. They were jailed near the wharf, under fire from Union guns on nearby Morris Island, in an attempt to stop the shelling of the city. As James mentions in this letter, the officers in this group were exchanged on August 3. James was part of a second group of 400 officers moved to Charleston. By this time, Union general William T. Read more »

1, August 2014

A Traveling Exhibit Starts Its Journey to America

The Museum's upcoming exhibit, Utopia: Revisiting a German State in America, has ended a three-month run in Bremen, Germany, and is headed for American shores. And much like the Germans who immigrated to Missouri to establish their own German State in the 1800s, the Utopia exhibit is crossing the Atlantic Ocean on a boat. Read more »

29, July 2014

Man of Letters, Man of Missouri: A Look at the Life of Friedrich Muench

Walking into the Missouri History Museum’s Library and Research Center on the first day of my internship, I gazed in awe at the beautiful building. I was led into the magnificent Reading Room where, amid the book-lined shelves and under a golden dome, I learned of my project for the summer: process the archives of Friedrich Muench. I had never heard of this man and knew nothing about him besides the fact that he was German. Read more »

24, July 2014

The Avenues of Activism Project: Teens Record History

From May 2013 to May 2014, the Teens Make History Exhibitors conducted the Avenues of Activism Oral History Project. In this introductory post—the first in a short series about the project—the TMH Exhibitors share the basic outlines of their project, as well as some of what they learned about activism in general.
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21, July 2014

Gunslingers of Missouri

Perhaps you caught Gunslingers last night on the American Heroes channel. It’s part of a six-episode series on icons of the American West. Last night’s episode focused on Wyatt Earp, and future shows will feature “Wild Bill” Hickok, Jesse James, and Billy the Kid. Read more »

18, July 2014

Operation Turkey: A Fun Find in Our Video Collection


In the late 1960s, KMOX TV produced this commercial for Falstaff Brewery, sponsor of the channel's "Falstaff First Run Theatre" series. In this introduction to the showing of the WWII comedy Operation Petticoat, the host takes a moment to enjoy a Falstaff Golden Tap beer and suggests serving some to your family at the Thanksgiving holiday. My favorite line in presenting the movie is, "But first, a reminder about Operation Turkey." For more videos from our collection, visit our YouTube channel. Read more »

11, July 2014

Museum Teams with Area Restaurants to Feature Prohibition-Era Cocktails

The cocktail is experiencing a renaissance, as bars that specialize in classic cocktails are cropping up across the U.S. and around the world. Since legend has it that the first cocktail party was held here in St. Louis in May 1917, by Mrs. Julius S. Walsh Jr. at 4510 Lindell Boulevard (now the archbishop’s residence), it seems only fitting that our fair city actually has quite a few of these establishments. But why the sudden resurgence in popularity? And where did all of those drinks come from? Read more »

10, July 2014

Museum Author Shares Many Stories about Those Buried at Bellefontaine Cemetery

At least 87,000 people are buried in Bellefontaine Cemetery in St. Louis, and I'm pretty sure that Carol Ferring Shepley knows most of their stories. In her 2008 MHM book, Movers and Shakers, Scalawags and Suffragettes: Tales from Bellefontaine Cemetery, she shares the history of the cemetery and delves into some of its most notable inhabitants. The book was the 2009 Gold Medal winner for the Independent Publisher Book Awards (best regional non-fiction), and Shepley is still in high demand for speaking engagements and interviews. Read more »

8, July 2014

Stepping Onto 139-Year-Old Streets: A First Look at Upcoming Exhibit

In 1874–1875, St. Louisan Richard Compton, a sheet music publisher, teamed up with wandering draftsman Camille Dry on a task that sounds impossible: draw—in accurate perspective—every single home, building, street, and even tree in St. Louis. Pictorial St. Louis, published in 1876, was the incredible result of their effort. Measuring 24 feet wide by 8 feet tall when pieced together, it was the largest and most exact view of any city in the world up to that time. Read more »

4, July 2014

Field Trip Fridays: Fair Saint Louis

On Field Trip Fridays, an occasional series, we’ll suggest places to visit that have some connection to the exhibit 250 in 250. They can relate to any of the 50 People, 50 Places, 50 Moments, 50 Images, or 50 Objects in the show. Read more »