Spring in St. Louis
23, August 2016

Hair Jewelry and Tear Catchers (Oh My!)

The ghosts of the Victorian era's obsession with mourning rituals appear in the material remains of history. Although women's dresses, like those featured in the Little Black Dress exhibit, offer a fascinating perspective on the gradual adoption of fashion trends into mourning wear, the more unfamiliar artifacts, such as hair jewelry and tear catchers, provide a closer look at Victorian mourning customs. Read more »

19, August 2016

66 Through St. Louis: Chain of Rocks Bridge

This is the first in a series of posts highlighting Route 66 stops of interest through St. Louis. We encourage you to learn more about their history and then check them out in person. Even better, snap some photos and share them with us on Twitter and Instagram by using #ShowMe66 and tagging @mohistorymuseum.

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17, August 2016

Artifact Lingo 101

You may have heard the terms preservation, conservation, and restoration used interchangeably in museums, antique shops, and even popular culture. These terms are often used to describe the acts of working with historic or artistic objects in order to keep them from deteriorating or make them look better (and sometimes both). Yet these three terms actually have distinct meanings. Read more »

13, August 2016

150th Staff Spotlights: Part 2

Over the past 150 years, the Missouri Historical Society (which operates the Missouri History Museum and the Museum's Library and Research Center) has been fortunate to count numerous passionate and dedicated people in its ranks. Here's your chance to meet a few of the folks who keep the Museum and the LRC up and running. Read more »

12, August 2016

150th Staff Spotlights: Part 1

Over the past 150 years, the Missouri Historical Society (which operates the Missouri History Museum and the Museum's Library and Research Center) has been fortunate to count numerous passionate and dedicated people in its ranks. Here's your chance to meet a few of the folks who keep the Museum and the LRC up and running. Read more »

11, August 2016

Miss Nettie's Notebooks and the MHS Story

The Missouri Historical Society officially turns 150 years old today. That’s a remarkable milestone to reach, and it begs the question “How does a museum thrive for 150 years?” It must have a solid collection and tell compelling stories, certainly, but it must also have a long line of dedicated staff who both preserve the past and push the institution forward. Few of us here now will leave the mark on the Society that a woman named Nettie Beauregard did. Read more »

10, August 2016

Missouri Historical Society: The Last 50 Years

The Missouri Historical Society celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2016. This is the second in a three-part series on the organization's history. You can read the first installment here and the second installment here. Read more »

9, August 2016

Missouri Historical Society: The Next 50 Years (1917–1967)

The Missouri Historical Society celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2016. This is the second in a three-part series on the organization's history. You can read the first installment here.
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8, August 2016

Missouri Historical Society: The First 50 Years (1866–1916)

The Missouri Historical Society celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2016. This is the first in a three-part series on the organization's history.

In 1866, St. Louis was a city in the throes of great change. Longtime residents were becoming increasingly aware that the city’s history was disappearing into the mists of time. Recognizing the need to preserve whatever they reasonably could, a group of prominent men gathered together in the Old Courthouse on August 11, 1866, and formed the Missouri Historical Society (MHS). Read more »

5, August 2016

How'd You Get Those in There?

When you visit an exhibit, do you ever stop to wonder how that exhibit came to fruition and who all worked to get it out on the floor for you to enjoy? As the exhibits registrar for the Missouri History Museum, I can assure you that our latest exhibit, Route 66: Main Street Through St. Louis, required a strong and dedicated team effort to get it in place and ready for its debut. Read more »