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6, April 2010

The Battle of Shiloh: “Language Is Inadequate”

One of the Civil War’s bloodiest battles took place 148 years ago on April 6 and 7, 1862. Major General U. S. Grant’s forces had gathered at Pittsburgh Landing, aka Shiloh, Tennessee, and were surprised by General A. S. Johnston’s Confederate attack on April 6. Read more »

22, March 2010

Chinatown in St. Louis?

The Library and Research Center’s Margaret Blanke Grigg Reading Room displays material from our collections. Our first topic for the year was race and ethnicity in St. Louis. Once we decided on this topic my first thought went to a researcher who years ago used to use our library quite frequently. She was researching the Chinese in St. Louis. A few years later, two books have been added to our collections from that researcher.

What I found most interesting and something of a surprise was the early immigration of the Chinese to St. Read more »

17, March 2010

Fighting the Good Fight—The Fenian Brotherhood

Looking at the calendar on March 17, many of us make a mental note to wear green in honor of St. Patrick. However, history remembers many more Irish heroes. In the mid-19th century (around 1858), the Fenian Brotherhood was formed in the United States by Irish immigrants to help liberate Ireland from British rule. The Fenians, as members were known, launched several raids into Canada (then British North America) from 1866 to 1871. Read more »

10, March 2010

Transfer of Upper Louisiana to America, March 1804

In February of 1804, Captain Amos Stoddard came to St. Louis, having been appointed to represent the United States and France at the transfer of the lands west of the Mississippi River. Stoddard found St. Read more »

9, March 2010

You Don't Have to Be Famous to Learn about Your Ancestors

On March 5, 2010, the premiere episode of the NBC television show Who Do You Think You Are? traced the family history of actress Sarah Jessica Parker. While researching her family in a Cincinnati library, she discovered a document revealing that her ancestor John S. Read more »

6, March 2010

The Battle of Pea Ridge

March 6 marks the start of the anniversary of the Civil War battle of Pea Ridge, which took place over three days in 1862 in northwest Arkansas. Among those who participated in the battle was Henry Voelkner, a German-born Union soldier who served in an artillery unit organized in St. Louis. Voelkner wrote several letters (in German) to his family describing his experiences during the war. Here's a translation of his account of the Battle of Pea Ridge. This is one of hundreds of Civil War letters in the Missouri History Museum Archives. Read more »

2, March 2010

Charles Lindbergh's Boulevard and the Drive to Rename It

Recently, Missouri state senator Ryan McKenna proposed to rename a portion of Lindbergh Boulevard in honor of the late Dave Sinclair, a well-known car dealer in St. Louis. A look back through St. Louis history reveals that Lindbergh Boulevard has gone through a number of proposed name changes. Today, the stretch of Lindbergh running through Kirkwood bears the name Kirkwood Road. But residents of this west St. Louis County community may be surprised to learn that their town’s namesake road once bore the name Webster Avenue! Skeptical? Read more »

8, February 2010

Archives—No Wrong Answers in Love

Long before single people began searching for their love match through online dating services, data research companies existed to help the lovelorn weed through the masses. In particular, in the late 1960s, two companies in St. Louis—Data-Mate, Inc. and Computer Data Research Corporation—developed personality questionnaires to assist in locating "ideal" matches.

For $5, a man or woman would complete the Computer Data Research Group questionnaire, send it in, and then wait anxiously for the postman to deliver the important envelope containing a customized list of matches. Read more »

12, December 2009

Archives--Depression Era Holiday at the St. Louis Public Service Co.

The following stories were published in the January 1930 issue of "The Public Servicer," the company employee magazine of the St. Louis Public Service Company. Perhaps it was the stock market crash of October 1929 that dampened the Christmas spirit of these two employees. The Public Service Company was the former The United Railways Company, which was responsible for early bus transportation in St. Louis. Read more »