Spring in St. Louis
26, September 2016

King Baggot, the First Movie Star

The following is a guest post from Tom Stockman, editor of We Are Movie Geeks.

King of the Movies. The Most Photographed Man in the World. The Man Whose Face Is as Familiar as the Man in the Moon. These were just some of the accolades heaped upon St. Louis native King Baggot, the nation’s first male movie star. Read more »

23, September 2016

Safe Travels for the LGBTQ Community on Route 66

The heyday of travel in the United States kicked off following World War II. After wartime stresses, Americans were ready to have fun exploring their country and its many sights, particularly the westward sights along Route 66. But not every American could just jump in the car and embark on an adventure. Like their African American counterparts, gay and lesbian travelers in the 1960s had to plan their journeys wisely, ensuring they could find safe places to lay their heads at night and places where they could grab a drink or a bite to eat without fear of judgment, abuse, or arrest. Read more »

22, September 2016

Navigating Race: Route 66 and the Green Book

The words welcoming and friendly are often used when describing Route 66, but for African American travelers, cruising Route 66 could be an ordeal. They were regularly turned down when requesting a place to sleep, eat, fix their cars, or answer nature’s call. Families heading out on Route 66 would pack food, toilet paper, jugs of water, and car-repair tools, because chances were good they’d find themselves on their own even in the middle of a town. Read more »

20, September 2016

What Waits Along Route 66

In November 2016 the Missouri History Museum will release a feature-length documentary titled Show Me 66: Main Street Through Missouri. Equal parts travelogue and historical narrative, the film will explore the sights and landscapes found along Route 66. It will also examine the bigger stories from across the decades, including the road's birth in Springfield, the effects of World War II, the road's relationship to the Ozarks and St. Read more »

17, September 2016

5 Tragic Turns in St. Louis History—Part 1

Like any community, the St. Louis region has had its share of heartache over the years. Here's a look at some of the tragic moments in St. Louis history from the frontier days through the Civil War period. Read more »

16, September 2016

St. Louis Is Full of Hot Air

St. Louisans' love for events such as the Great Forest Park Balloon Race is nothing new! Did you know St. Louis once boasted its own balloon manufacturers, hosted international balloon races, and served as a center for learning and innovation in lighter-than-air travel during the 1904 World's Fair?

To get your fill of hot air with some historic images from our collection, just click through the gallery below! Read more »

12, September 2016

How Charles Clement Holt Captured STL

Following is an excerpt from our newest book, Capturing the City: Photographs from the Streets of St. Louis, 1900–1930, written by Joseph Heathcott and Angela Dietz. You can pick up a copy online or in the Museum Shop. You can also view a selection of these images in the accompanying exhibit in the Museum's Atrium.
9, September 2016

Welcome Back, Motel St. Louis!

The Motel St. Louis—or at least its sign—is back home. Fifty years after being removed from its location on Route 66 near Lambert Airport, the motel sign has returned to St. Louis for the exhibit Route 66: Main Street Through St. Louis, open through July 16, 2017. Read more »

6, September 2016

Celebrating 25 Years of MHM Press

If you’ve ever read a Missouri History Museum Press book, you can thank Mary Plant Faust, a local philanthropist and the widow of Leicester Busch Faust (grandson of brewer Adolphus Busch and restaurateur Tony Faust). Back in the mid-1980s, Faust came to the Missouri Historical Society with an idea: Someone should create an illustrated history of St. Louis that could serve as a more accessible counterpart to historian James Neal Primm’s rather scholarly Lion of the Valley, published in 1981. Read more »

2, September 2016

Panoramic Perspectives: St. Louis by Sievers

If you’ve traveled through the Southwest terminal at Lambert–St. Louis International Airport recently, you may have noticed that a little bit of the Missouri History Museum was there to welcome you home. Back in April, the Museum, in conjunction with Lambert Airport and the International Photography Hall of Fame, opened St. Read more »