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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 »

26, March 2015

St. Louis Gallery to Feature a Retrospective of Max Starkloff's Paintings

The Bruno David Gallery in St. Louis will host Max Starkloff: A Retrospective from March 27 to June 27. The exhibition will feature several paintings by the late Max Starkloff. Read more »

18, March 2015

Remembering Lincoln

The Missouri Historical Society is excited to contribute items to the new Remembering Lincoln digital collection, created by Ford’s Theatre for the 150th anniversary of the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln.

Left: “Abraham Lincoln Telling a Story.” Graphite drawing by unknown artist, 1864. Missouri Historical Society.

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5, March 2015

Artifact Madness 2015 Starts on March 9!

In April 2016, an exciting new exhibit will open at the Museum—Little Black Dress: From Mourning to Night will feature more than 60 dresses from the Missouri History Museum's world-renowned textile collection. This fun but thought-provoking exhibit will explore the subject of mourning, as well as the transition of black from a symbol of grief to a symbol of high fashion.  Read more »