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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 »

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 »