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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 »

9, December 2015

It Ends Here: Missouri's Last Vigilante

Bob Ford is known to many people as the man who killed the outlaw Jesse James. But few know the burden Ford carried after that fateful day, and how he came to his end. My latest book, It Ends Here: Missouri’s Last Vigilante, which has just been released by Missouri History Museum Press, details the saga of Edward O’Kelley, a fellow Missourian, who took Ford’s life, and later faced death at the hands of a lawman. Read more »

24, July 2015

The 25th Anniversary of ADA and Its St. Louis Connection

Twenty-five years ago, on July 26, 1990, President George H. W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) into law. The official goal was “to establish a clear and comprehensive prohibition of discrimination on the basis of disability.” Prior to the passing of the ADA, forms of discrimination against people with disabilities still existed—despite previous legislation—especially in areas such as employment, housing, public spaces, education, transportation, communications, health care, and public services. Read more »

9, July 2015

Srebrenica Remembrance

This week marks the 20th anniversary of the massacre in Srebrenica. About 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys were killed by Serb forces in July 1995. This story resonates in St. Louis, home to many Bosnian refugees—the largest Bosnian population outside of Bosnia. Read more »

14, April 2015

Commemorating Abraham Lincoln's Death

Today marks the 150-year anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination. In 1865, as people around the nation and around the world learned of the horrible news, they recorded their reactions in many forms—from written materials like diaries and letters to commemorative items like ribbons and flags. For the first time in one place, you can see personal items and remembrances from the Americans whose lives were touched by the president’s death and its aftermath. Read more »