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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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7, November 2014

Making Connections in New Ways

Technology has changed our world like never before. Everywhere we look, we see people on their cell phones and tablets or carrying their laptops. Digital technology is advancing at such a rapid rate that people are now wearing their devices. The digital realm has become our reality, and it will continue to embed itself as part of our identity in the future. We are living in a knowledge-based society that expects to gain access to information within seconds. Read more »

30, October 2014

Disability Awareness

Because October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month, my son told me about a program at his school yesterday in which they discussed how people with disabilities work and live, and the students learned disability etiquette. They watched a video about a man with cerebral palsy who creates art on a typewriter.

Left: Colleen and Max Starkloff in 2005.

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26, September 2014

Ritz Park: A Park with Historic Roots

On September 19 the Missouri History Museum was asked to witness history at the ribbon cutting of Ritz Park. The South Grand Community Improvement District, with help from local businesses, made this idea a reality. The outdoor pocket park and theater was five years in the making, and construction began in late June 2014. The Missouri History Museum participated in all of the excitement while promoting the rest of St. Louis’s history with our 250 in 250 exhibit.  Read more »

23, September 2014

Conferences to Explore the Art of Tom Lea, Painter of a WPA Mural in Missouri

People interested in Missouri history may have encountered WPA (Works Progress Administration) murals in local post offices and other public buildings. They may not know of one in Mount Pleasant, MO, near Kansas City. By artist Tom Lea, best known for his depictions of scenes of war, Back Home, April 1865 shows a family returning to the smoking ruins of their house at the conclusion of the Civil War. Read more »

5, September 2014

Moving Forward: A Discussion on the Future of Ferguson, Missouri

Amid the turmoil happening in Ferguson, Missouri, in recent weeks, the Missouri History Museum hosted a town hall meeting and strategy session on August 25 to provide a forum for our city's youth. The meeting was moderated by activist and author Kevin Powell, who spoke to a full-capacity crowd of nearly 700 people who came to discuss the future of our communities and our young people. Due to the level of interest, the discussion was streamed live to another 800 people who watched from two overflow rooms at the Museum. Read more »