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13, November 2012

Remembering Rose

I often tell people I have the best job at the Missouri History Museum. A big part of that job is interviewing fascinating people for our growing oral history collection. I have interviewed all sorts of people—activists and architects, weavers and photographers, test pilots and zookeepers. And on more than one occasion I had the great pleasure of interviewing Rose Church. Rose was a nurse at McDonnell Aircraft in the 1950s and ’60s, and when the company landed the contracts to build and test NASA’s Mercury and Gemini spacecraft, she became McDonnell’s first aerospace nurse. Read more »

9, November 2012

Police Control Shifts to St. Louis

Earlier this week, St. Louisans voted to return control of the police department to the local government, thus ending 151 years of state oversight. Most people wonder why the governor ever had control of the city police.[...]

Left: Members of the Jefferson Guard, a division of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police. Photograph by Byrnes Photographic Company, 1903. Missouri History Museum. Read more »

25, October 2012

Haunted History Tour Highlights Spooky St. Louis

When it comes to the morbid, eerie, and downright horrific, St. Louisans aren't scared. In fact, there are several websites dedicated to locating and compiling all the alleged shriek-inducing places in St. Louis and metro Illinois. A cursory Google search turns up a cast of regular haunts, along with some unexpected ones. The Lemp Mansion—a sort of royalty among the macabre—is likely at the top of anyone's list of places that share space with apparitions. After all, three members of the Lemp family met their demise at the home, all by their own hand.  Read more »

21, August 2012

Phyllis Diller, 1917–2012

Actress and funny girl Phyllis Diller has passed away at the age of 95. One of the first successful female comedians, she’s best known for appearances in Bob Hope films and the TV show Laugh-In. Read more »

14, August 2012

Revisiting the Willie Lynch Myth

On March 27, 2012, an unseasonably warm evening, people streamed into the Lee Auditorium of the Missouri History Museum to hear a lecture on the Willie Lynch Myth. Dr. Jelani Cobb spoke before an audience of more than 300. Shortly before the event, Dr. Read more »

20, July 2012

Archaeological Dig Is Revealing

Archaeologists in Austria have discovered four linen bras that are 600 years old. This is an important find because until now it was believed that women did not wear bras until after the age of the corset. A bra was first patented in the United States in 1914.

The medieval bra is remarkably feminine and pretty, with lace details that suggest it was used for more than support. Corsets did not usually feature aesthetic details, so it’s curious that these old bras did. Read more »

19, June 2012

National Tour of Traveling World War I Gallery at History Museum

Waddell & Reed and Ivy Funds have created an ambitious and unconventional acknowledgement of the firm’s 75th anniversary: in partnership with the National World War I Museum, a custom 18-wheel “big rig” truck has been transformed into a traveling gallery that will visit 75 communities across the country, stopping at a variety of local museums and cultural institutions to raise funds and awareness. Read more »

13, June 2012

Miles Davis Now Featured on Postage Stamp

East St. Louis jazz legend Miles Davis is the newest face of the U.S. Postal Service. Yesterday stamps were released featuring him playing the trumpet. In a collaboration with La Poste of France, stamps of French crooner Edith Piaf are also available.

Alvin Parks, mayor of East St. Louis, attended a celebration held at City Hall yesterday and called Davis, who died in 1991, “a true ambassador for the city.” Read more »

8, June 2012

Memorial to Dred and Harriet Scott Unveiled Today

Slaves Dred and Harriet Scott began their fight for freedom over 160 years ago at the Old Courthouse in St. Louis. Today in front of that very building, the first life-size statue of the couple will be unveiled. Read more »

7, June 2012

“The road to London goes through St. Louis”

The Visa National Gymnastics Championships are kicking off today in St. Louis. Top qualifiers will head to the Olympic trials in San Jose on June 28. Those who make the cut will go for the gold at the London Games, due to start on July 27. Read more »