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20, August 2014

Happy Birthday to Eero Saarinen

On this day 104 years ago, the designer of St. Louis’s greatest monument was born. Eero Saarinen entered a design competition for the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial in 1947. He didn’t live to see the Gateway Arch completed in 1965, but he discussed his vision in a St. Louis Post-Dispatch interview reprinted in the book Lion of the Valley by James Neal Primm: Read more »

14, August 2014

The Anniversary of St. Louis’s Founding Celebrated at the Birthplace of Its Founder

One hundred years after St. Louis produced the Pageant and Masque in 1914, the small village of Bedous, France, commissioned a pastorale to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the founding of St. Louis. The events took place on August 4–5, and I was honored to have the extraordinary opportunity to attend as the official representative of the City of St. Louis and the Missouri History Museum. Read more »

21, July 2014

Gunslingers of Missouri

Perhaps you caught Gunslingers last night on the American Heroes channel. It’s part of a six-episode series on icons of the American West. Last night’s episode focused on Wyatt Earp, and future shows will feature “Wild Bill” Hickok, Jesse James, and Billy the Kid. Read more »

10, July 2014

Museum Author Shares Many Stories about Those Buried at Bellefontaine Cemetery

At least 87,000 people are buried in Bellefontaine Cemetery in St. Louis, and I'm pretty sure that Carol Ferring Shepley knows most of their stories. In her 2008 MHM book, Movers and Shakers, Scalawags and Suffragettes: Tales from Bellefontaine Cemetery, she shares the history of the cemetery and delves into some of its most notable inhabitants. The book was the 2009 Gold Medal winner for the Independent Publisher Book Awards (best regional non-fiction), and Shepley is still in high demand for speaking engagements and interviews. Read more »

27, June 2014

The History Museum Shows Its Pride

PrideFest St. Louis is going on this weekend at Soldiers’ Memorial. In 2011, Advocate magazine named St. Louis one of the top 10 gay-friendly cities in the United States, partly because the city boasts one of the largest Pride festivals in the country. St. Louis’s PrideFest occurs the last weekend in June, commemorating the efforts of the Stonewall activists, New Yorkers who protested for gay rights in 1969. In 2013, PrideFest moved downtown for the first time in St. Read more »

6, June 2014

Reliving D-Day through St. Louis Soldiers' Stories

June 6, 1944: D-Day. The day when more than 160,000 American and Allied forces landed on the beaches of Normandy in an effort to overtake the German advances in France.

Many St. Louis soldiers heroically battled German forces, whether at sea, on the ground, or in the air. Scrapbooks housed in the Missouri History Museum Library collection chronicle the events of D-Day (and World War II in general), focusing on St. Louisans who were there. Read more »

30, May 2014

Maya Angelou, 1928–2014

With Maya Angelou’s passing on May 28, the world lost a prolific poet and author. In her lifetime, Angelou was awarded more than 30 honorary degrees, received three Grammy Awards for spoken word recordings, and was given the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Obama, just to list a few of her many honors.

Photo at left by Adria Richards, 2009. Wikimedia Commons. Read more »

23, May 2014

Meet Me at the Tivoli, Tivoli

On Saturday, May 24 the Tivoli Theatre in University City's Delmar Loop will celebrate 90 years since it first opened. According to the Tivoli's website, when it debuted on May 24, 1924, St. Louis mayor Henry Kiel gave a speech, as did University City mayor Warren Flynn. The evening's entertainment included a showing of the silent film The Confidence Man and vaudeville acts. Read more »

16, May 2014

Community Leader to Receive Honorary Degree at University of Missouri–St. Louis

We are pleased to learn that Elizabeth Gentry Sayad will receive an honorary degree at the University of Missouri–St. Louis commencement ceremonies on May 17. Sayad, an author, accomplished musician, fundraiser, and community leader, has dedicated most of her life to preserving the region’s French history and culture. After the flood of 1993, Sayad worked with the French Heritage Relief Committee to rescue the 1792 Beauvais-Amoureux House in Ste. Genevieve. Read more »

25, April 2014

Growing Interest in Community Gardens

Finally! Spring has sprung, which means it’s time to tend to our plot in the community garden. Each year we plant a variety of lettuces (arugula, spinach, bibb, kale), herbs, and cucumbers, tomatoes, beets, peppers, and then let our two daughters (ages 7 and 5) suggest a new vegetable or fruit they would like us to try to grow. In all honesty, I occasionally help with the watering, but as far as producing something tangible, the credit goes to my husband and kids. Read more »