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11, July 2014

Museum Teams with Area Restaurants to Feature Prohibition-Era Cocktails

The cocktail is experiencing a renaissance, as bars that specialize in classic cocktails are cropping up across the U.S. and around the world. Since legend has it that the first cocktail party was held here in St. Louis in May 1917, by Mrs. Julius S. Walsh Jr. at 4510 Lindell Boulevard (now the archbishop’s residence), it seems only fitting that our fair city actually has quite a few of these establishments. But why the sudden resurgence in popularity? And where did all of those drinks come from? Read more »

8, July 2014

Stepping Onto 139-Year-Old Streets: A First Look at Upcoming Exhibit

In 1874–1875, St. Louisan Richard Compton, a sheet music publisher, teamed up with wandering draftsman Camille Dry on a task that sounds impossible: draw—in accurate perspective—every single home, building, street, and even tree in St. Louis. Pictorial St. Louis, published in 1876, was the incredible result of their effort. Measuring 24 feet wide by 8 feet tall when pieced together, it was the largest and most exact view of any city in the world up to that time. Read more »

28, February 2014

Bidding Farewell to the Gillette Family Garden

The Gillette Family Garden on the Museum's east lawn has been a tremendous resource for K–12 students visiting the Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello exhibition. Our young Museum visitors have been engaged with the garden, which helped them discover history about the lives of the enslaved families who lived at Monticello. They also gained a sense of the political, social, cultural, and economic developments that shaped lives during the Antebellum period and how those currents worked to shape American life today. Read more »

19, February 2014

Seed Saving and Surviving in the Gillette Family Garden

After the past few months of winter weather in St. Louis, we are all looking forward to spring. Although we had high expectations for our fall garden on the east side of the Museum, the frequency of frost and subzero temperatures prevented much from happening in our plot. So now, onward to spring we go. Read more »

17, February 2014

Francophilia, Food, and Freedom at Jefferson’s Monticello

On February 10, President Obama and French president Francois Hollande visited Monticello, the historic estate of Francophile Thomas Jefferson. For both presidents, this was their first visit to Jefferson's estate. Monticello is rich in history and, in many ways, quite telling of a relationship between France and the United States. The enslaved cooks at Monticello also left their imprint on this narrative. It was of Edith Fossett’s cooking that Daniel Webster spoke when he described the meals at Monticello as "in half Virginian, half French style, in good taste and abundance." Read more »

30, December 2013

Paradox in the Garden

To the furthest degree possible, they took charge of their lives. Among the tangible signs of black initiative and autonomy, the foremost spatial statements were the extensive vegetable gardens, sometimes as big as half an acre per person, in which [they] raised much of their own food.
—J. M. Vlach, 1993 Read more »

12, November 2013

A Permanent Home for the Symphony in 1968

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 »

1, November 2013

Visitors to Experience Utopia at Museum Next Year

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 »

28, October 2013

African American Pioneers in 1968: Margaret Bush Wilson

The 1968 Exhibit sheds light on the national landscape of American culture, politics, movements, music, and more of that tumultuous year. While preparing for the exhibit's opening, Community Education & Events intern Domonique Taylor studied the content in search of ways to showcase St. Louis’s own contributions to the era. She focused her attention on four accomplished African American St. Louis women. These women embody the characteristics of the time period in their fights for equality and success in male-dominated fields. Read more »

25, October 2013

Hometown Hockey Team Links to 1968

Many events occurred in and around 1968, from the controversial Vietnam War and the assassinations of Dr. Martin Luther King and Robert F. Kennedy, to the election of Richard Nixon and the successful Apollo 8 mission. On one hand, popular culture and music echoed the opinions of this fractured society by staging anti-war demonstrations and producing memorable albums like Jimi Hendrix’s Electric Ladyland and the Beatles' "White Album." On the other hand, consumerism boomed during the largest period of economic expansion in U.S. Read more »