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6, May 2016

5 Boss Moms of Missouri History

Missouri history boasts several boss women—women who were confident, intelligent, and could hold their own. In honor of Mother's Day, we're kicking off our recognition of the boss women of Missouri history by highlighting five boss moms. Here's to all you mothers out there—you're in excellent company!   Read more »

24, March 2016

8 Movies Set or Filmed in St. Louis—Part 2

We're at it again! St. Louis is and has been home to mountains of movie magic. How well do you know STL's cinematic history?

1. The Hoodlum Priest (1961)

Don Murray, Larry Gates, Cindi Wood, Irvin Kershner (Director) Read more »

8, March 2016

7 Eye-Opening Old Timey Cures

Advertisements for patent medicines, also known as home remedies or nostrums, were a staple of newspapers in the 19th and early 20th centuries. The popularity of nostrums was in large part due to the limitations of 19th-century medical care. Read more »

14, January 2016

Seven Stadiums from St. Louis's Past

On January 12, 2016, with the announcement that the St. Louis Rams would be relocating to Los Angeles, the St. Louis region began a discussion about the future of the now-teamless Edward Jones Dome. While there are many uncertainties regarding the future of the Dome, it's far from the first St. Louis stadium to see a transition. Here's a chance to test your knowledge of St. Louis's past stadiums and the teams that called them home—some are well remembered, but others might be a surprise! Read more »

21, December 2015

10 Things You Probably Didn't Know About STL Coffee History

Everyone in St. Louis has their favorite quiet corner coffee shop for a quick cup of joe, but did you know the River City has been a coffee leader for nearly 200 years? From espresso to Safari and Old Judge, STL has a rich, highly caffeinated history! Scroll through the list below to test your #STLcoffee knowledge. Read more »

16, December 2015

10 Movies Set or Filmed in St. Louis

St. Louis is and has been home to mountains of movie magic! How well do you know STL's cinematic history?

1. Escape from New York (1981)

Kurt Russell, Lee Van Cleef, Ernest Borgnine, John Carpenter (Director) Read more »

24, November 2015

Hairy History: The 10 Best Beards (and Mustaches) in Our Collection

In honor of No-Shave November, we're diving into the Photographs & Prints Collection to feature some of Missouri's top facial-haired folks. From gentlemanly mustaches to flowing beards, Missourians have been major players in the facial hair game for quite a while. Click through the gallery below to see for yourself!

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28, August 2015

Missouri Listory: Creepy Objects in Our Collection

 

Napoleon Complex  

After his death while exiled on the island of St. Helena in 1821, Napoleon Bonaparte was still making impressions. His attending doctors took a gypsum cast of his head, which was later reproduced in bronze and plaster. Before the advent of cameras, death masks were made to preserve the likeness of the deceased. This practice dates back to ancient Egypt. Read more »

6, August 2015

Mapping the Weird: The 9 Strangest Things on Pictorial St. Louis

While researching A Walk in 1875 St. Louis, I spent more than a year poring over Pictorial St. Louis, the incredible map that is a focal point of the exhibit. With more than 40 square miles of 1875 St. Louis before me, I was certain I would find some interesting details hidden on the pages. While there was no shortage of surprises, there were a few I just couldn’t get over… Read more »

29, June 2015

Missourians Who Are Neither Impressed Nor Amused

All your nonsense has given William Chauvenet a headache. Read more »