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13, January 2010

From the Collections—Hand-crafted Brew Kettle, ca. 1840

One of St. Louis’s early beer brewers, J. Adam Lemp was the first to produce lager west of Philadelphia. In 1840, he established the Western Brewery at 37 South Second Street, between Walnut and Elm. Read more »

1, January 2010

Katherine Dunham's Haiti

In February 1992, Katherine Dunham—humanist, activist, anthropologist, dancer, and innovative teacher—was 82 years old. The year before, following a government coup, thousands of Haitians had attempted a perilous three-day, 600-mile crossing to the United States, only to be turned back or interned.  It was this treatment of the Haitian people that spurred Miss Dunham to undertake a hunger strike that would last 47 days and end only after personal pleas from ousted Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. Read more »

13, December 2009

From the Collections—Civil War Flag Conservation

The museum has recently undertaken a major conservation effort on several Civil War flags. Take a look at some of the dramatic changes seen to just one-- the Confederate First National 8-star flag of the 1st Missouri Infantry.

Regiments were required to bear two flags--regimental colors and a national flag. This flag was reputedly flown by the 1st Missouri Infantry, a unit that fought in the Vicksburg and Atlanta campaigns and sustained heavy losses during the war. Read more »

13, December 2009

From the Collections—Officer’s Uniform of Lt. William Harvey Smith, 1890-1898


African American soldiers made significant military contributions while fighting for the Union during the Civil War. After the war, the U.S. Army created four black regiments—the 24th and 25th Infantry and the 9th and 10th Cavalry—as part of the Regular Army. Read more »

12, December 2009

Archives--Depression Era Holiday at the St. Louis Public Service Co.

The following stories were published in the January 1930 issue of "The Public Servicer," the company employee magazine of the St. Louis Public Service Company. Perhaps it was the stock market crash of October 1929 that dampened the Christmas spirit of these two employees. The Public Service Company was the former The United Railways Company, which was responsible for early bus transportation in St. Louis. Read more »