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20, July 2016

St. Louis's Compliments to Sherman

If you’ve ever attended a formal dinner in a grand location for the express purpose of paying homage to the featured guest, you’ve attended the modern equivalent of a mid-19th-century complimentary dinner—but probably with fewer speeches to sit through. Read more »

3, June 2016

More Than Just Black Paper

Although the focus of Little Black Dress: From Mourning to Night is on the dresses and the way the color black has evolved in women’s fashion over the years, the exhibit also highlights Victorian-era expressions of grief that went beyond clothing, such as mourning stationery. Read more »

15, April 2016

My 5 (Or So) Favorite Things in the Library: Day 5

Our final list of favorite things for National Library Week 2016 comes from Emily Jaycox, librarian for the Missouri History Museum. Here she is! Read more »

14, April 2016

My 5 (Or So) Favorite Things in the Library: Day 4

Our librarians aren’t the only ones with favorites at the Missouri History Museum Library! Today’s lists come from two staff members who work in different departments housed within the LRC building. Are you ready to learn what Lauren Mitchell, director of publications, and Gwen Moore, curator of urban landscapes and community identity, love in the library? Then read on! Read more »

13, April 2016

My 5 (Or So) Favorite Things in the Library: Day 3

Today’s lists come from Edna Smith, assistant librarian, and Debra Schraut, catalog librarian. So without further ado, here they are! Read more »

12, April 2016

My 5 (Or So) Favorite Things in the Library: Day 2

Yesterday I shared my favorite things in the library. Today, let’s see what Jason Stratman, assistant librarian, and Kelly Brown, acquisitions librarian, find fascinating! Read more »

11, April 2016

My 5 (Or So) Favorite Things in the Library: Day 1

Welcome to National Library Week 2016! All this week, the Missouri History Museum Library, housed in the Museum’s Library and Research Center at 225 South Skinker Boulevard, will join the American Library Association and libraries throughout the United States in celebrating how libraries transform lives and communities. Read more »

16, February 2016

Terror in the Headlines

Historic newspapers are a fantastic resource. They can’t tell us everything: They can’t tell us how people responded to the news they read. They can’t tell us whether their stories were ignored or clipped out and put up on people’s refrigerators. They can’t tell us how small tragedies or celebrations may have caused individuals to ignore the news for a few days, as happens to all of us from time to time. But the newspapers can tell us a lot about how people in the past first learned of events big and small. Read more »

21, August 2015

Mary Taussig Hall: A Lifetime Committed to Social Reform

On August 12, Mary Taussig (Tompkins) Hall passed away at age 104. Mrs. Hall spent most of her long life helping citizens of the city of St. Louis and the state of Missouri. During the 1930s and 1940s, she became part of the social movement arising from the New Deal, focusing primarily on child welfare and race relations. Read more »

11, June 2015

The Perfect Dress

Is there such a thing as the perfect dress? You may say no; however, when I was five years old I thought I had the perfect dress.

My fascination with pretty dresses started when I first went into the Sears department store on North Grand Boulevard with my mother and grandmother. It was spring and I needed a special dress for a program at church. I saw a variety of styles, but what caught my eye was a beautiful pink-and-white lace dress with a bow that tied in the back. I thought it would be really pricey, so I didn’t bother to ask my mother about it. Read more »