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11, April 2016

Looking Back: Busch Memorial Stadium

We're excited about the start of baseball season here at MHM! To celebrate, we dove into the archives for this special collection of photographs of the original Busch Memorial Stadium (1966–2005). Renowned architectural photographer Henry T. "Mac" Mizuki snapped these shots in 1967, less than a year after the orignal Busch Stadium opened to the public, and captured images of spaces most Cardinals fans would never get the chance to see. Click through the gallery below to check them out! Read more »

4, February 2016

All Aboard! Historic Images of St. Louis Union Station

With news that renovations and improvments at Union Station have begun, we dove into our photograph and print collection to find some historic photos of this spectacular building, completed in 1874. Read more »

20, April 2015

From the Collections: Whimsical Mechanical Banks

Cast iron mechanical banks became popular in the 19th century after the Civil War. During the war the Union and Confederate sides began creating their own paper money to help deal with the shortage on coins. However, the public was leery of the new currency due to its lack of intrinsic value. Coins would retain some value due to the metal, regardless of whatever occurred within the government. Penny banks were meant to educate children about the importance of being thrifty through the use of a fun and exciting toy. Read more »

24, January 2015

Searching the Library and Research Center: Missouri Mystery, Magick, and Poetry

During my first year as a graduate assistant at the Missouri History Museum, I was conducting research in the Library and Research Center when I came across a book in the card catalog titled The Water Witch. Being a lover of all things magical, I was intrigued and requested the book from the stacks. While it wasn’t a long-lost tome of ancient magick, I nevertheless found myself enchanted. It turned out to be an absolutely delightful book of Missouri poetry that was published in 1924. Read more »

17, December 2014

Mid-Century St. Louis Through the Lens of the Mac Mizuki Photography Studio Collection

For the past year, I have had the great pleasure of processing the Mac Mizuki Photography Studio collection at the Museum. This collection contains negatives and other material created by Henry T. “Mac” Mizuki in the course of operating his independent photography studio. My job has been to rehouse and catalog the 1,590 separate job assignments included in the collection. Mizuki opened his studio around 1953 and remained in business until his retirement in 1985 or 1986. Read more »

4, March 2013

Do They Look Like Frolickers?

This season of Downton Abbey brought us one of my favorite lines ever, spoken by the offended Mrs. Patmore when accused of “frolicking” with a known prostitute: “Do I look like a frolicker?”

Now, “frolicker” is not a word one normally hears very often. I, however, have had the pleasure of reading it numerous times in the book I’m editing right now, Up North...

Left: Bathing poseurs, Gratiot Beach, 1908. Courtesy of Douglas Scott Brookes.
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21, June 2012

Behind It All: Observations of an Exhibit Installation

The installation of Missouri History Museum's upcoming Underneath It All exhibition is well under way. Risers have been placed around the outer wall, providing the perfect height to view the "models" as they strut their stuff through the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries of women's fashion. With the "runway" constructed, exhibition curator Shannon Meyer and exhibition registrar Amy Berra transport the artifacts/costumes from the Museum's storage facility to the exhibition gallery. Read more »

15, March 2012

Lights, Camera, Action!

“Action!” “Cut!” “That’s a wrap!” These are not phrases typically heard in a museum setting, but they were on Monday evening in the Missouri History Museum’s Mammoths and Mastodons: Titans of the Ice Age exhibition. The crew of D3D Cinema, a film production firm, transformed the exhibition into a movie set as they captured footage for their upcoming IMAX film The Ice Age. Throughout the evening, they captured images of visitors viewing the exhibition and interviewed renowned mammoth and mastodon expert Dan Fisher. Once released this summer, it will serve as the companion film to Mammoths and Mastodons, and future venues will have the option to show it alongside the exhibition. Read more »

2, February 2012

Translating Pictures

Working on the Missouri History Museum’s ADA exhibit (The Americans with Disabilities Act: Twenty Years Later) helped me think about and then expand what I knew (or thought I knew) about accessibility. One of the commitments the exhibit team made was to provide Braille label text throughout the exhibit. Read more »

11, January 2012

Behind the Scenes of Mammoths and Mastodons

As an exhibit designer and project manager at the Missouri History Museum, I have the opportunity to do a lot of cool things in my job. November 18, 2011, was an especially memorable day at the Missouri History Museum, as we welcomed two new members to the staff—a Columbian mammoth and a short-faced bear. Both of them now grace our entrance area and Grand Hall, welcoming visitors to MHM, creating excitement about our newest exhibition—Mammoths and Mastodons: Titans of the Ice Age—and helping us to learn more about these magnificent creatures. Read more »