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6, September 2013

What's Old Will Become New as Cathedral Undergoes Renovation

When you’ve lived through a fire that reduced over 800 buildings around you to ash (1849) and a cholera epidemic that sent thousands coming to you for reprieve (1849), your walls can get a little dirty. When you’ve survived the shots of an irate anti-immigrant mob (1854) and a cyclone passing directly over you that killed hundreds (1896), things can get a little dusty.

Photo at left: Old Cathedral in downtown St. Louis is undergoing a restoration. Courtesy of St. Louis Review, Archidocese of St. Louis. Read more »

6, September 2013

Civil War Love Letters: September 6–7, 1863

James dated this letter August 6 but, based on the content, he actually wrote it on September 6. By that time Union general William S. Rosecrans’s movement toward Chattanooga, now known as the Chickamauga Campaign, was well under way. The forces of Confederate general Braxton Bragg were concentrated around Chattanooga. Rosecrans wanted to force Bragg out of the city, and decided to surround the city rather than attack it directly. Read more »

30, August 2013

Civil War Love Letters: August 30, 1863

In this letter, which James wrote from Trenton, Georgia, not Alabama, he explains that he left Louisville on Sunday, August 23 and rejoined his regiment the following day. By that time, the men in Union general William S. Rosecrans’s Army of the Cumberland were on the move again, headed toward their next encounter with Confederate general Braxton Bragg’s forces. Bragg and his army, after being forced out of middle Tennessee, had gathered at Chattanooga. Read more »

29, August 2013

Museum Library Featured in Show on Genealogy

In a recent episode of Who Do You Think You Are?, actor Chris O’Donnell visited the Missouri History Museum Library and Research Center to see documents relating to his great-great-grandfather, Michael McEnnis. If you missed it, the full episode can be viewed for a limited time on the Learning Channel (TLC) website. Read more »

23, August 2013

Solar Impulse Recalls the Spirit of St. Louis

Part of my job as Curator of Civic and Personal Identity requires that I spend time thinking about early 20th-century aviation, more specifically, Charles Lindbergh and his transatlantic flight in 1927. I have grown quite fond of this collection and often take for granted that I can go in the storeroom and view these items at any time. A case in point is the flight suit that Lindbergh wore on his historic flight. I know how iconic it is, but I also know it is never too far from my view, and so it seems comfortable and familiar. Read more »

22, August 2013

Civil War Love Letters: August 22, 1863

Louisville Hotel
August 22d 1863

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21, August 2013

Civil War Love Letters: August 21, 1863, Pt. 2

128 Morgan St.
St. Louis Mo
August 21st 1863

Dearest Molly Read more »

21, August 2013

Civil War Love Letters: August 21, 1863

Based on the text of this letter, it appears that James traveled to Washington, Illinois, to see Molly, and that he convinced her to resume their engagement. He mentions his friends William and Jane, most likely a reference to Molly’s brother and sister. By the time he wrote this letter, he had returned to St. Louis, and was ready to leave again to return to his regiment.

Office of the

August 21st 1863

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16, August 2013

A Piece of St. Louis Shopping History is Gone

For almost 90 years, downtown St. Louis was home to one of the area’s favorite shopping destinations. Beginning in 1924, people traveled to Sixth and Olive streets to shop at the grand department store housed in the Railway Exchange Building. Famous-Barr occupied the building until 2006, when it was bought out by Macy’s.

That shopping tradition ended last week when Macy’s shut down operations at this location. As a result they closed the department store and moved their corporate offices to a location in St. Louis County. Read more »

14, August 2013

Recognition for History Museum Authors

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch released its first annual “Go! Magazine List” recently. Critics chose the best of St. Louis in such fields as concert venues, art, restaurants, etc. The Missouri History Museum is honored to have made the list three times. First, the award for “Best Book by a Local Author” went to King of the Hill in the Museum’s publication The Boyhood Memoirs of A. E. Hotchner: King of the Hill and Looking for Miracles by A. E. Hotchner. Read more »