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5, May 2011

Splendid Experiences

Four interns in the Museum’s Education division—Rebecca Cain, Marc Hajjar, Sarah Haspiel, and Crystal Northcutt—wrote about their experiences in developing and implementing an educational program for students by using the content of the recent Splendid Heritage exhibit at the Museum. Read more »

23, March 2011

Lynch Slave Pen/Meyer Brothers Drug Company

Lynch's slave pen at 104 Locust in downtown St. Louis, ca. 1852. From the Thomas M.
16, March 2011

Learning About the Osage

When I pitched the idea of writing about the Osage people in Missouri, my thought was to write about the general history of their time in the state, before a series of treaties, eight in total dating from 1808 to 1865, forced their removal from Missouri and eventually into the state of Oklahoma. I started to do some reading, and a few stories within that larger story just stayed with me. So instead of a general history here are a few interesting stories I learned about the Osage. They involve William Clark, the young Osage woman Mohongo, and the Osage word Chouteau Tah Wan. Read more »

8, March 2011

Napoleon's Posthumous Power

Although we sometimes add a local component to our exhibits, the Treasures of Napoleon touring exhibition fills its gallery completely. Visitors may be surprised to learn that we do have a number of Napoleon-related objects in our permanent collections at the Museum. These objects include coins, medals, and military items from soldiers who fought for and against the emperor. Of course, there are also some images of Napoleon that adorn objects from the St. Read more »

15, February 2011

The Splendid Heritage of Native American Languages

Editor’s Note: In December 2010, Sara Murphy, a graduate student in the University of British Columbia’s School of Library, Archival, and Information Studies, spent a two week practicum at the Missouri History Museum’s Library and Research Center. In conjunction with the Splendid Heritage exhibition, one of her practicum projects was to examine and reflect on the books in the MHM Library that are written in Native American languages.

In the back of a Cherokee-language New Testament from 1860, I found a newspaper article, sepia-toned and cracking. Read more »

11, February 2011

Osage Leaders Bless Artifacts in Splendid Heritage Exhibition

The exhibition Splendid Heritage: Perspectives on American Indian Art opens on Saturday, February 12, 2011, at the Missouri History Museum. On February 10 a blessing ceremony was conducted, partly in Osage, by leaders of the Osage Nation. Eddy Red Eagle and Vann Bighorse came up from Oklahoma to celebrate the works on display. The Osage conduct ceremonies for many of life’s events, happy or sad. The traditions are learned from elders, never written but captured in the hearts of the Indians.

Dr. Robert R. Read more »

14, January 2011

The Native American Collections at the Missouri History Museum

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7, January 2011

History Museum on Display in Shanghai

The World Expo Shanghai was open from May 1 to October 31, 2010. During that time, 73 million people visited the expo in China, which helped to showcase the Missouri History Museum among other international institutions. Read more »

22, December 2010

So Who Lived in Your House?

All St. Louisans are used to the question, “So where’d you go to high school?” But have you ever been asked, “So who lived in your house?” I have, and I found the answer where I work, the Missouri History Museum Library and Research Center.

Here’s who lived in my house.

A widow had it built in 1885 for her two sons. She bought the land from a local businessman whose family is still in business today. The Harrison boys were both in the fur trade business, one being a trimmer and the other a tanner. They lived in the house for only a few years. In 1891, the Schwarz family moved in. Read more »