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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 »

24, February 2015

Clark Terry, 1920–2015

Famed jazz trumpeter and St. Louisan Clark Terry passed away this weekend at age 94. Terry was so passionate about music as a child that he fashioned a trumpet out of a funnel attached to a garden hose (the unpleasant noise drove his neighbors to eventually buy him a trumpet from a pawn shop). He performed with the Count Basie Orchestra and the Duke Ellington band, eventually playing, and popularizing, the flugelhorn. In 1960 he became the first African American staff musician on the Tonight Show. Read more »

14, January 2015

What the South Park Guys Left Out of The Book of Mormon

The Book of Mormon is playing this week at the Peabody Opera House in St. Louis. When I saw the show a couple of years ago, everyone in the audience cheered during the song “I Believe” when the main character sings, “I believe that the Garden of Eden was in Jackson County, Missouri....” I bet most Missourians were pretty surprised to learn, as I was, that Mormons do believe that the Garden was on the other side of our fair state. Read more »

9, January 2015

Comparing the Past and Present through Technology

A staff member for Expedia Viewfinder explains how they've teamed up with the Missouri History Museum in St. Louis to discuss historical landmarks users can view through the Historic St. Louis phone app. 
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