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6, April 2017

World War I: Missouri and the Great War

Today marks the centennial of America’s entry into World War I. Within months of the April 6, 1917, declaration of war, U.S. troops began arriving in France, factories across the nation started producing war material, and support began pouring in from the home front. Our newest exhibit, World War I: Missouri and the Great War, commemorates this significant portion of our collective history by exploring the wartime roles of Missourians and St. Louisans at home and overseas.  Read more »

8, February 2017

Mapping Decline: St. Louis and the Fate of the American City

America’s cities are sources of controversy. Some people see them as places where the American dream has gone to die; others celebrate them as places where the American dream is alive and thriving.

How did communities that were once the sites of such promise—especially St. Louis—become ground zero for seemingly every major ongoing political conflict? Mapping Decline, a new traveling exhibit created by the Missouri History Museum and the Missouri Humanities Council, provides some much-needed historical perspective on this very question. Read more »

3, January 2017

We Made History in 2016

There are record-breaking years, and then there are years like 2016 at the Missouri History Museum. We're still crunching the numbers on what will go down as one of the most successful years in our 150-year history, but here's what we can say for sure: Read more »

2, December 2016

The Library and Research Center Is 25!

By the mid-1980s every available nook and cranny of the Jefferson Memorial Building (JMB) was occupied with some manner of collections storage, gallery, or office space. It was clear to the Missouri History Museum’s leadership that if the institution intended to keep acquiring artifacts for its collections that the only alternatives were to build an addition or find another location. Read more »

7, November 2016

Broadening Teens' Horizons: TMH Academy

Your challenge, should you choose to accept it? Design and create a pop-up exhibit that includes and connects the special objects your team members have brought from home. Read more »

18, October 2016

An Inside Look at “The Destruction of Memory”

Cultural destruction—the purposeful destruction of buildings, books, and art in order to erase a people’s history and identity—has been happening for years, but it has seen an explosion in the 21st century. The Destruction of Memory is a new documentary that explores how and why cultural warfare has evolved, as well as the efforts to protect, salvage, and rebuild. Following is a Q&A with the film’s producer and director, Tim Slade. Read more »

6, September 2016

Celebrating 25 Years of MHM Press

If you’ve ever read a Missouri History Museum Press book, you can thank Mary Plant Faust, a local philanthropist and the widow of Leicester Busch Faust (grandson of brewer Adolphus Busch and restaurateur Tony Faust). Back in the mid-1980s, Faust came to the Missouri Historical Society with an idea: Someone should create an illustrated history of St. Louis that could serve as a more accessible counterpart to historian James Neal Primm’s rather scholarly Lion of the Valley, published in 1981. Read more »

3, August 2016

History in the Making: The Newest Cardinal Recruits

In addition to telling the stories of St. Louis and its military, veterans, and wartime past, Soldiers Memorial Military Museum serves as a place for our city's active-duty military and veterans to write their own stories through a wide range of activities, such as service projects, parades, meetings, and ceremonies. Although the building and Court of Honor are currently closed for construction, the Missouri Historical Society and the City of St. Read more »

1, August 2016

Enhancing Access to Our Exhibits

More and more people are coming to the Missouri History Museum each year for the chance to experience the stories that helped shape St. Louis and the surrounding area, and we couldn’t be happier to see them. But we found ourselves wondering how to make it possible for everyone who enters the Museum to have a worthwhile experience. Although the Museum is physically accessible, how could we make it more intellectually accessible? How could we create a welcoming environment for someone who is blind, visually impaired, deaf, or hard of hearing? Read more »

27, June 2016

Happy Birthday, History Clubhouse!

Today marks exactly one year since we opened our History Clubhouse, a nearly 6,000-square-foot space designed for children and families to explore and play. We built this space with the goal of bringing St. Louis history to local families in a much deeper way than we have in the past. Opening this space was a big deal—it was something we’d never done before, and something few history museums have done on such a big scale. Read more »