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17, October 2013

Vietnam Veterans Give Huey Helicopter a Lift for The 1968 Exhibit

When you come to visit The 1968 Exhibit (now through January 5) at the Missouri History Museum, one of the first things you’ll encounter is a “Huey” helicopter that was flown in Vietnam. Although it logged many hours in the air, the helicopter arrives via crate these days and has to be assembled at each museum it visits as part of the traveling exhibit. Read more »

16, October 2013

African American Pioneers in 1968: Frankie Muse Freeman

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 »

7, October 2013

African American Pioneers in 1968: Josephine Baker

Josephine Baker is famous for being the first black woman to become an international star, but I think her story shows something deeper. Baker was a black woman who took control of her own destiny. Josephine Baker was born June 3, 1906, in St. Louis's Mill Creek Valley neighborhood, near Union Station. Her mother was a domestic worker, and by age eight, young Josephine began working in several houses, also as a domestic worker. Her wages helped to support her family, which consisted of her mother, stepfather, and three younger siblings. Read more »

7, August 2013

Teaching About Slavery: Cohort for K–12 Educators

One of our missions at the Museum is to create meaningful professional development opportunities for teachers. As we learned more how to talk with children about the history of enslavement in America, we realized that these conversations were almost everyday occurrences at the Museum, but might occur only once or twice a year in the school curriculum. This meant that we had ample opportunities to refine our approaches, and would have something to offer our school community. Read more »

31, July 2013

Teaching About Slavery: Spotswood Rice Letters

In a museum context, school groups are like the tide: They wash in, stay with us, and then wash back out into the community. We have to trust that we are planting a seed that we will never have the joy of seeing grow. But we can do everything in our power to make sure the seed will eventually flower. We only have one hour to plant this seed, but the good news is that, sometimes that it all it takes. Read more »

17, July 2013

Teaching About Slavery: So Many Ways to Be Strong

In a previous Teaching About Slavery post, we shared our approach to engaging elementary school students around the Freedom’s Memorial statue in The Civil War in Missouri exhibit. Having started with an exploration of the received memory of enslavement, our second stop on that gallery tour was to look at that history as the record shows it then. Read more »

2, July 2013

Teaching About Slavery: Freedom's Memorial

As we reflect on the Museum's recent Civil War in Missouri exhibit, we are preparing for Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello: Paradox of Liberty. These two exhibits share one thing in common: the history of enslavement in America. This topic often poses a challenge for field trips: How do we talk about this painful subject with children?

In a series of blog posts, we’ll share the approach we took with elementary school students in the Civil War in Missouri exhibit. Read more »

1, July 2013

I Was a Soldier Exhibit Focuses on Plight of Homeless Veterans

The number of homeless veterans living in the United States is shockingly high. Estimates vary widely, but almost everyone can agree that in any given year more than 100,000 veterans will find themselves homeless. And almost everyone, regardless of political party or background, can agree that this is a particularly embarrassing problem for a country that prides itself on supporting its troops. Read more »

24, May 2013

Don't Fumble Your Chance to See Gridiron Glory: The Best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame

This weekend is the kickoff of a new exhibit that may at first seem like an odd fit for the Missouri History Museum. Gridiron Glory comes to us from Canton, Ohio, as part of the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s celebration of its 50th anniversary. Click here to watch a tour inside the exhibit. Read more »

7, May 2013

An Intern Reflects on His Contribution to an Exhibit

I was very excited to begin my internship at the Missouri History Museum in last August. Although my position as a K–12 Educational Interpreter Intern has been quite rewarding, it comes with its share of challenges. As a graduate student I was no stranger to overcoming obstacles, but MHM would provide me with my biggest challenge yet: I was given the opportunity to create the educational component for the exhibit Question Bridge: Black Males (open through June 16). Schools from all over the St. Read more »