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30, June 2015

WWI Artifacts and Memories: Branch Rickey

Best known as the man who broke the color barrier by signing Jackie Robinson to the Brooklyn Dodgers, Branch Rickey spent much of his baseball career in St. Louis—as a player, a manager, and in the front office for the St. Louis Browns and later the St. Louis Cardinals. Rickey played with the St. Louis Browns (1905 and 1906) and the New York Highlanders (1907). After putting up atrocious numbers, he decided to return to college to pursue a law degree. Rickey attended the University of Michigan, where he managed the school’s baseball team. Read more »

29, June 2015

Missourians Who Are Neither Impressed Nor Amused

All your nonsense has given William Chauvenet a headache. Read more »

25, June 2015

The Whiskey Ring Scandal

 “The chances are that a man cannot get into congress now without resorting to arts and means that should render him unfit to go there.”

—Mark Twain, The Gilded Age: A Tale of Today (1873) Read more »

23, June 2015

Art in the Clubhouse

When our History Clubhouse exhibit opens this weekend, the first things you’ll encounter are large-scale paintings of St. Louis attractions. Local children helped paint these murals alongside St. Louis artist Cbabi Bayoc. We are very excited to unveil these 12-foot-high murals when we open the Clubhouse this weekend; they truly embody what the History Clubhouse is all about. Read more »

19, June 2015

Missouri Listory: 10 Reasons the Gilded Age Wasn’t So Gilded

We are introducing a new column called "Missouri Listory," which explores our vast historical collections and features them in lists of wide-ranging topics. Our first post in this column was inspired by our current exhibit, A Walk in 1875 St. Louis. Although the era was known as the Gilded Age, we bring you 10 reasons why living in 1875 wasn't so wonderful.

1. 72-hour work weeks Read more »

18, June 2015

History Clubhouse: By Families, for Families

On June 27, the Missouri History Museum is doing something big, something we’ve never done before—we’re opening the History Clubhouse, a nearly 6,000-square-foot space that is designed specifically for children and families. Children have an innate need to figure out how the world around them works, and they are equipped with the necessary tools, including their vivid imaginations that can skyrocket them to another time or place. In the History Clubhouse everything is big, colorful, and hands-on. Read more »

11, June 2015

The Perfect Dress

Is there such a thing as the perfect dress? You may say no; however, when I was five years old I thought I had the perfect dress.

My fascination with pretty dresses started when I first went into the Sears department store on North Grand Boulevard with my mother and grandmother. It was spring and I needed a special dress for a program at church. I saw a variety of styles, but what caught my eye was a beautiful pink-and-white lace dress with a bow that tied in the back. I thought it would be really pricey, so I didn’t bother to ask my mother about it. Read more »

10, June 2015

A Grand Tour

If time travel were possible, the first thing I would do is head back to around 1870, pack a steamer trunk, and board the next ship headed to Europe. I would travel through Great Britain, France, Belgium, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Prussia, and end in Italy. If I were a true citizen of 1870, I would have been able to see paintings I had only heard of, hear music played by the composers instead of through sheet music, and see the architecture of countries where 300 years was considered a recent addition to the neighborhood. Read more »

5, June 2015

World War I Artifacts and Memories: Charles Chouteau Johnson and the Lafayette Escadrille

As war raged across Europe between 1914 and 1917 the American military sat on the sidelines while the U.S. Government sustained its policy of neutrality. However, a number of Americans volunteered for service in foreign armies. Among these Americans was St. Louisan Charles Chouteau Johnson. He served in the famous Lafayette Escadrille, named in the honor of the Marquis de Lafayette, hero of the American Revolution. Read more »

26, May 2015

Who Was Camille Dry, Anyway?

Anyone studying Pictorial St. Louis, the enormous map that is a main feature of A Walk in 1875 St. Louis, will agree that producing something so exact and detailed surely took the skills of a master cartographer. Unfortunately, little is known of Camille N. Dry—or “Drie” as many of his maps before Pictorial St. Louis display his name.  Oddly, for a man whose profession involved extensive amounts of paper, we have little of his behind-the-scenes legacy left. Read more »