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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 »

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 »

9, June 2016

Revitalizing Soldiers: Processing the Collections

The Soldiers Memorial Military Museum’s collections are a time capsule. Encompassing thousands of donations dating back to Soldiers Memorial's opening in 1938, the collections were relatively untouched when my team and I began processing them in October 2014. In order to gain intellectual control over the collections (to know what we had and where it was), my team and I were tasked with inventorying every single item with the help of a digital database system—a first in Soldiers Memorial's nearly 80-year history. Read more »

25, April 2016

Thank You, St. Louis

The Missouri History Museum was recently named Best Museum in St. Louis by Go! Magazine and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and we have you to thank for it: Read more »

5, January 2016

2015: A Year for the Record Books


With the close of 2015, the Missouri History Museum comes off one of the most successful years in its entire history. As we gear up for 2016, we wanted to offer some perspective on the year we've just left behind and what it means for St. Louis and this institution moving forward. Here's a snapshot of 2015 at MHM: Read more »

10, December 2015

Who Killed That Dirty Little Coward?

Do YOU know the name of the man who killed the man who killed Jesse James? Sure, we all know Jesse. And many of us know Bob Ford, the “dirty little coward” who shot Jesse in the back. But it was a Missourian named Ed O’Kelley who took the law into his own hands and shot Bob Ford in a saloon in Colorado.

Want to hear more? Come see author Joe Johnston talk about this story—and other vigilante stories—tonight at the St. Louis County Library headquarters on Lindbergh at 7 p.m. Joe will sing a few vigilante songs, sign your books, and introduce you to some other Missouri vigilantes. Read more »