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10, November 2011

Kirkwood Roots: African Americans Share Stories of a Community

Recently the Missouri History Museum opened a multimedia installation, Kirkwood Roots, that explores the historic African American community in Kirkwood, Missouri. From the first settlement before the Civil War to the period of intensive suburban development following World War II, African Americans lived in a cohesive community composed of 11 separate and identifiable neighborhoods in an area that is part of today’s Kirkwood. A major component of the exhibit is made up of interviews in which people share their memories about Kirkwood. 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 »

31, August 2010

Without a Passport

Rome. Paris. Florence. Japan.
The names may sound exotic, but all can be found right here in Missouri.

After talking to a friend who didn’t seem excited about an upcoming trip to Mexico, St. Louis photographer Nancy Bridges discovered that Missouri is home to a number of towns named after international locales. Read more »

4, May 2010

Vatican Splendors Come to St. Louis after 106 Years

You probably have heard the exciting news that the exhibit Vatican Splendors: A Journey through Faith and Art is opening at the Missouri History Museum on May 15, 2010. But did you know that other treasures from the Vatican have been displayed in St. Louis before? In 1904 at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition (LPE), or St. Louis World’s Fair, many works of art were featured in the Vatican Exhibit in the Anthropology Building. The Fair’s president, David R. 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 »