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13, December 2009

From the Collections—Civil War Flag Conservation

The museum has recently undertaken a major conservation effort on several Civil War flags. Take a look at some of the dramatic changes seen to just one-- the Confederate First National 8-star flag of the 1st Missouri Infantry.

Regiments were required to bear two flags--regimental colors and a national flag. This flag was reputedly flown by the 1st Missouri Infantry, a unit that fought in the Vicksburg and Atlanta campaigns and sustained heavy losses during the war. Read more »

13, December 2009

Newsworthy—E. Desmond Lee, Missouri History Museum Benefactor and St. Louis Philanthropist, 1917–2010

E. Desmond “Des” Lee, has died at age 92 of complications from a stroke. Lee was a generous donor to the Missouri History Museum and many St. Louis institutions.

Lee was born in Sikeston, MO, and attended Washington University in St. Louis. While still in school, he and friend Jim Rowan cofounded Lee-Rowan Manufacturing Company, which designed hangers, shelving, and closet accessories. The company grew exponentially after the war. After Lee sold it in 1993, he created the E. Read more »

13, December 2009

Garbage Dreams

GARBAGE DREAMS by Mai Iskander:

Welcome to the world’s largest garbage village located on the outskirts of Cairo, Egypt. The Zaballeen (Arabic for garbage people) recycle 80 percent of the trash they collect—far more than other recycling initiatives. But now a multi-national corporation threatens their livelihood. Read more »

13, December 2009

What Will Happen to Historic Sumner High School?

Sumner High School opened in St. Louis in 1875, earning the distinction of being the first public high school for African Americans west of the Mississippi River. Over the decades, the school could boast of teaching many future prominent educators, as well as its share of famous alumni. Read more »

13, December 2009

From the Collections—Officer’s Uniform of Lt. William Harvey Smith, 1890-1898


African American soldiers made significant military contributions while fighting for the Union during the Civil War. After the war, the U.S. Army created four black regiments—the 24th and 25th Infantry and the 9th and 10th Cavalry—as part of the Regular Army. Read more »

12, December 2009

Archives--Depression Era Holiday at the St. Louis Public Service Co.

The following stories were published in the January 1930 issue of "The Public Servicer," the company employee magazine of the St. Louis Public Service Company. Perhaps it was the stock market crash of October 1929 that dampened the Christmas spirit of these two employees. The Public Service Company was the former The United Railways Company, which was responsible for early bus transportation in St. Louis. Read more »

15, November 2009

Musings--Conversations That Matter

Who defines the meanings of objects?

Every museum visitor is a storyteller with authority. Every evocative object on exhibit is a mnemonic device. Read more »

14, November 2009

In Print--Portraits of Conflict: A Photographic History of the Civil War in Missouri, by William Garrett Piston and Thomas P. Sweeney

Missouri’s preeminent leader of the Southern cause during the Civil War, Sterling Price was a Virginia native who came to Missouri in 1831 and prospered as a tobacco farmer, businessman, and Democratic politician. He served several terms in the Missouri House of Representatives and was chosen its speaker. He was elected to the U.S. Congress but resigned after only five months in order to participate in the Mexican War, where he led the Second Regiment of Missouri Volunteer Cavalry and later served as a brigadier general. Read more »