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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 »

23, April 2014

MHM Book Gets New Attention with DVD Release of Movie Adaptation

In King of the Hill, A. E. Hotchner shared his inspiring story about growing up impoverished in St. Louis during the Great Depression. In 1993, Steven Soderbergh adapted the memoir into a screenplay and directed the movie, which starred Jesse Bradford, Adrien Brody, Spalding Gray, and Elizabeth McGovern. Until recently, if you wanted to watch the movie you had to dust off your VCR. Fortunately, just this year Soderbergh supervised a digital transfer of the movie into DVD and Blu-ray formats. Read more »

3, April 2014

A Timely Find: Pieces of St. Louis History Uncovered During City's Anniversary Year

Archaeologists working a construction site near the Poplar Street Bridge in downtown St. Louis have made quite a timely find. Buried beneath hundreds of years of city development were the first pieces of evidence from the French founding of the city in 1764. Historical records have long shown who was living in the settlement during the French colonial period of the city, but up until this point no artifacts from these early people had been found. Read more »

12, March 2014

Artifact Madness 2014 Starts on March 17!

On March 29, an exciting new exhibit opens at the Museum—one that asks children and their grownups what they want to see in a space to be created just for them! History Clubhouse: Let’s Build It! engages families to interact with and explore some of St. Louis's favorite places, such as Soulard Market, Cahokia, and downtown St. Louis, in a gallery setting. The feedback we get from families will be incorporated into the permanent History Clubhouse gallery, opening in 2015. Read more »

25, February 2014

Harold Ramis, 1944–2014

Actor and screenwriter Harold Ramis has died from complications of a rare autoimmune disease. He co-wrote Caddyshack, Ghostbusters, and Groundhog Day, among other blockbusters.

But his first big screenplay was the result of living here in St. Louis. Chicago native Ramis attended Washington University, and his experiences in the Zeta Beta Tau fraternity inspired his screenplay for Animal House. (He later served on the university’s board of trustees for eight years.) Read more »

29, January 2014

Local Authors Win Lifetime Achievement Award

The American Library Association announced this week that Patricia and Fredrick McKissack of Chesterfield have received the 2014 Coretta Scott King–Virginia Hamilton Lifetime Achievement Award. The annual award is presented in even years to an African American author and/or illustrator who has made a significant literary contribution in books for children and/or young adults. Read more »