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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 »

10, June 2015

A Grand Tour

If time travel were possible, the first thing I would do is head back to around 1870, pack a steamer trunk, and board the next ship headed to Europe. I would travel through Great Britain, France, Belgium, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Prussia, and end in Italy. If I were a true citizen of 1870, I would have been able to see paintings I had only heard of, hear music played by the composers instead of through sheet music, and see the architecture of countries where 300 years was considered a recent addition to the neighborhood. Read more »

19, May 2015

From the Library: Black Misery by Langston Hughes

Black Misery, written by Langston Hughes and illustrated by Arouni, may not be a new book to many, but it was new to me recently when it came to my desk to be processed and moved into the Museum's library collection. Hughes finished the captions for the book in 1967, making it the last book he worked on before his death that same year. Black Misery is classified as a children’s or juvenile book, but once you read the 60-page book it becomes apparent that it is intended for a larger audience. Read more »

13, February 2015

Uncovering an Unsung Hero: Mary Taussig Hall

In today’s world of empowered women and increased focus on gender equality, we are not shocked by stories of fearless women dedicated to making lasting change in their communities. But looking through the archives of the Library and Research Center of the Missouri History Museum, I came across the story of a woman out of place for her context in history. Read more »

26, January 2015

I'll Miss You, Star Clipper


Why would a librarian at a historical society write a tribute to Star Clipper, a comics store in the Delmar Loop?

I’m responsible for developing the Missouri Historical Society’s collection of printed and published items. Primarily, we collect works about St. Louis. To help tell the story of our city and region, we also collect some works published in St. Louis or written by St. Louisans. Our library collections are available for research at our Library and Research Center on Skinker. Potentially, they are also available for exhibition or other museum activities. Read more »

24, January 2015

Searching the Library and Research Center: Missouri Mystery, Magick, and Poetry

During my first year as a graduate assistant at the Missouri History Museum, I was conducting research in the Library and Research Center when I came across a book in the card catalog titled The Water Witch. Being a lover of all things magical, I was intrigued and requested the book from the stacks. While it wasn’t a long-lost tome of ancient magick, I nevertheless found myself enchanted. It turned out to be an absolutely delightful book of Missouri poetry that was published in 1924. Read more »

29, July 2014

Man of Letters, Man of Missouri: A Look at the Life of Friedrich Muench

Walking into the Missouri History Museum’s Library and Research Center on the first day of my internship, I gazed in awe at the beautiful building. I was led into the magnificent Reading Room where, amid the book-lined shelves and under a golden dome, I learned of my project for the summer: process the archives of Friedrich Muench. I had never heard of this man and knew nothing about him besides the fact that he was German. Read more »

7, March 2014

Russell Froelich: Behind the Lens

The photo at left is of Russell Froelich, a photographer who worked for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the St. Louis Globe-Democrat, and the St. Louis Star in the first half of the twentieth century. At first glance, I thought this image was an old-time version of a selfie. More likely it was not taken in front of a mirror but rather by another photographer. Read more »