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23, August 2013

Solar Impulse Recalls the Spirit of St. Louis

Part of my job as Curator of Civic and Personal Identity requires that I spend time thinking about early 20th-century aviation, more specifically, Charles Lindbergh and his transatlantic flight in 1927. I have grown quite fond of this collection and often take for granted that I can go in the storeroom and view these items at any time. A case in point is the flight suit that Lindbergh wore on his historic flight. I know how iconic it is, but I also know it is never too far from my view, and so it seems comfortable and familiar. Read more »

16, August 2013

A Piece of St. Louis Shopping History is Gone

For almost 90 years, downtown St. Louis was home to one of the area’s favorite shopping destinations. Beginning in 1924, people traveled to Sixth and Olive streets to shop at the grand department store housed in the Railway Exchange Building. Famous-Barr occupied the building until 2006, when it was bought out by Macy’s.

That shopping tradition ended last week when Macy’s shut down operations at this location. As a result they closed the department store and moved their corporate offices to a location in St. Louis County. Read more »

14, August 2013

Recognition for History Museum Authors

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch released its first annual “Go! Magazine List” recently. Critics chose the best of St. Louis in such fields as concert venues, art, restaurants, etc. The Missouri History Museum is honored to have made the list three times. First, the award for “Best Book by a Local Author” went to King of the Hill in the Museum’s publication The Boyhood Memoirs of A. E. Hotchner: King of the Hill and Looking for Miracles by A. E. Hotchner. Read more »

25, June 2013

Museum Hosts Special Presentation with Author Douglas Scott Brookes

Join us on June 25 at the Missouri History Museum to hear author Douglas Scott Brookes discuss his book, Up North: St. Louis's Summer Colonies on Lake Huron in the Golden Age of Travel, published by MHM Press.

Photo at left: Dawn Meadows Dixon and Teacha Tigue, radio personalities on 1380 AM, interviewed Douglas Scott Brookes about his latest book. Brookes is in town to discuss and sign his book. Read more »

31, May 2013

The St. Louis Classical Guitar Society Turns 50

The St. Louis Classical Guitar Society, recognized as one of the best of its kind in the country, turns 50 on June 9. Since its inception in 1963 the Society has presented over 250 concerts and master classes from the world’s finest guitarists. Highly renowned classical and flamenco guitarists have drawn packed houses in St. Louis for the past five decades. Read more »

28, May 2013

The Man Who Inspired Documentary on Civil Rights

In 1977, the course of Walter Naegle’s life changed as he walked down the street in Times Square and into the path of activist Bayard Rustin. Many people today may not be familiar with Rustin’s civil rights’ contributions, but Walter Naegle had already heard about the man who served as lead organizer for the March on Washington with Dr. King and who fought for people’s rights throughout the world. However, what Naegle didn’t know in that moment is that he would fall in love and eventually follow in Rustin’s footsteps by dedicating his life to social justice.  Read more »

21, May 2013

A Garden Blooms from Monticello's Seeds

This spring, I was invited to present our Teaching About Slavery program at the National Council for History Education conference in Richmond, VA. It turned out to be the perfect opportunity to visit Monticello’s gardens in preparation for our Gillette Family Garden project here at the Museum. Read more »

1, May 2013

Nation's First Jefferson Memorial Turns 100

Back in 1898, Pierre Chouteau (representing the Missouri Historical Society) began a campaign to bring a World’s Fair Exposition to St. Louis. Committees formed and plans were made, with Fair planners ultimately choosing Forest Park as the site for the Louisiana Purchase Exposition. There was a stipulation, however, that Forest Park would be returned to a park after the Fair was over. Just one building could remain, the Palace of Fine Arts, which houses the Saint Louis Art Museum today. The Fair opened on April 30, 1904, to a crowd of 200,000 people. Read more »

30, April 2013

And In Other News: Opening Day at the 1904 World's Fair Overshadows Train Crash

At 12:15 p.m., on the afternoon of April 30, 1904, David R. Francis declared, “Open ye gates. Swing wide, ye portals.” With those words, the grandest event in St. Louis history was underway. Nearly 190,000 people ascended on Forest Park for the opening day of the Louisiana Purchase Exposition, remembered today as the 1904 World’s Fair. Read more »

14, February 2013

Ending What Started in St. Louis

The International Olympic Committee’s decision to eliminate wrestling from the 2020 Olympics has left many athletes and fans of that sport worried about its future. At the Missouri History Museum, it left us thinking about the past and the unique role that St. Louis has played in both Olympic and wrestling history.

The 1904 Summer Olympics marked not only the first time the Games were hosted by an American city, but also the first time that freestyle wrestling made an appearance in the Olympics. Read more »