Fall is my favorite time of year. The changing leaves in St. Louis create a wondrous palette of reds, oranges, purples, and yellows that delights me. I get to dig out my soft sweaters and fuzzy mittens, and assemble my collection of scarves and hats. And though fall signals the end of the year—those pretty leaves have since fallen and cluttered the yard—I think the season saves the best for last. Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas occur in a period of 8 weeks! Read more »
From the south side of Chicago to central Missouri, to the north side of St. Louis, my friends and family shared with me what they were doing when they heard the news that President John F. Kennedy was assassinated on November 22, 1963. Whether young or old, black or white, urban or rural, there was a common thread of sadness and shock in each of the people that shared their story with me. Read more »
The Missouri History Museum has an iPhone App called Historic St. Louis, which contains almost 300 historic photographs of street scenes and buildings in St. Louis paired with a GPS map of their locations. When the user looks through a phone’s camera lens while at the location, the historic picture comes into view on the phone’s screen. In essence, the app allows you to create your own “then-and-now” photographs while walking through the city. Like many people, I’ve always enjoyed looking at then-and-now photos, but by far my favorite feature of the app is the slider. Read more »
When I first began working as a graduate research assistant at the Missouri History Museum, I was not sure how my background in sociology and anthropology, which had a cultural emphasis, would be applied. My idea of being a cultural anthropologist has always meant studying a specific living culture or creating an ethnography of the cultural meaning found within the group. However, while working with David Lobbig, curator of environmental life, my view completely changed. I am now finding myself creating ethnographies of those who lived in the past. Read more »
While our nation was captivated by the latest hits of the most popular rock n’ roll artists in 1968—the Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel, and the Doors, to name a few—St. Louisans were delighted by an additional genre of music that year: classical. The Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, which had already engaged audiences for more than 85 years, found its first permanent home at the Powell Symphony Hall. Read more »
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Jefferson Bank and Trust protests. Although the event is often commemorated at the end of August (the first protest against unequal hiring practices at the Jefferson Bank and Trust at Jefferson Avenue and Washington Boulevard took place on August 30), the protests continued until March 31, 1964. Many local civil rights activists were involved, such as William “Bill” Clay, Ivory Perry, Norman R. Seay, Charles and Marian Oldham, and Robert Curtis. Read more »
At the Missouri History Museum, we often host traveling exhibits from across the country. Right now, for example, we are hosting exhibits from Monticello and Minnesota. Rarely, however, do we feature exhibits that will take as long of a trip as one that will be coming to us next year. Read more »
In this telegram, Molly’s brother R.B.M. Wilson, in Washington, Illinois, informs his friend in nearby Peoria, Dr. Murphy, that James was wounded and a prisoner, but all right. Molly might still have been visiting her brother and friends in Illinois. The telegram may indicate that the family had just received James’s letter from Atlanta dated October 10, and perhaps had not known James’s fate after the Battle of Chickamauga for over a month.
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