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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 »

2, July 2014

WWI Artifacts and Memories: H. H. Luedinghaus and the USS Vencedor

A total of 156,000 Missourians heeded the call to serve their nation during World War I. As they filled induction stations and boarded trains for training camps across the country, St. Louisan H. H. Luedinghaus and nine young businessmen, including fellow St. Louisans W. C. Uhri Jr., George H. Nelkamp, Walter H. Kobusch, Russell E. Lortz, Ambrose E. Lortz, Ray Bolin, and Clifford Glazer, chose to make their own way in the war. The group purchased a yacht and offered their services to the United States Navy. Read more »

27, June 2014

The History Museum Shows Its Pride

PrideFest St. Louis is going on this weekend at Soldiers’ Memorial. In 2011, Advocate magazine named St. Louis one of the top 10 gay-friendly cities in the United States, partly because the city boasts one of the largest Pride festivals in the country. St. Louis’s PrideFest occurs the last weekend in June, commemorating the efforts of the Stonewall activists, New Yorkers who protested for gay rights in 1969. In 2013, PrideFest moved downtown for the first time in St. Read more »

26, June 2014

Van Gogh Visits St. Louis in Vintage Video

The Missouri History Museum has a vast array of videos in its Sound and Moving Images collection, which we occasionally share on our blog. Today I came across this gem from 1969, when the St. Louis Art Museum was known as the City Art Museum (it changed to its current name in 1971). Read more »