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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 »

19, April 2013

Teens and Staff Collaborate to Tell Veterans' Stories

This week, a year’s worth of work by five teenagers, members of the Museum’s Teens Make History program, concluded with the opening of the exhibition Between Two Worlds: Veterans Journey Home. These young people, in partnership with Museum staff, have taken the exhibit from proposal to installation. Between Two Worlds examines the experience of veterans, from WWI to the current conflict in Afghanistan, as they deal with separation from home, struggle to maintain communication with loved ones, and ultimately transition back into civilian life. Read more »

8, April 2013

Art in the Archives: Exhibit Opens at the Museum's Library and Research Facility

When artist and art therapist Gussie Klorer bought a neighborhood guardhouse in Clayton, she found more than a place for a studio, she found fascinating and troubling stories about her community’s past. She also found inspiration for her latest art project, which will be featured in the Missouri History Museum’s Library and Research Center beginning today, April 5. Read more »

16, January 2013

The Doll Project

The memorials are easy to miss. A group of stuffed animals, maybe some photos, a cross draped with flowers—roadside tributes have become a ubiquitous feature of the American landscape. But when you stop and look more closely, you find that these monuments are telling stories: stories of loss but also of life.

Image at left: Lois Ingrum, creator of the "Doll Project." Read more »

8, August 2012

Uncovering the Details: Underneath It All

The Underneath It All exhibit (currently open at the Missouri History Museum) is a visually stunning display of fashionable silhouettes from 19th century and beyond. Much work was done behind the scenes before the exhibit opened, and Missouri History Museum intern Bobby Watson photographed and documented the installation. His images and observations are below.
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31, May 2012

Some Old Friends from Camp

When I started my internship at the Missouri History Museum, I was most excited about the opportunity to work with rare and beautiful objects that I would never come across in my everyday life. There is something wonderful about meeting, learning about, and handling objects that are one-of-a-kind. So imagine my surprise when the most poignant find for me was an object that I had spent every summer with throughout my growing years.

Photo at left: Coleman portable glass stove, ca. 1960s. Courtesy of Maggie Abbott. Read more »

22, May 2012

Fire! Friend and Foe Now Open

Be it a simple spark or a roaring inferno, fire elicits both fear and fascination. Fire warms us, but it can just as easily destroy us. Flames can engulf a city, leaving death and destruction. By harnessing fire, workers forge sturdy steel and artists create delicate glass objects of great beauty. Campfires and candlelit services create a sense of community and camaraderie. Using artifacts from its extensive collection and local collectors, the Missouri History Museum examines the mystifying duality of fire in a family-friendly new exhibition, Fire! Friend and Foe. Read more »