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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 »

16, May 2012

The “Butcher of Bosnia” Goes on Trial

Many Bosnian St. Louisans have awaited this day, the beginning of Serbian military leader Ratko Mladic’s trial for war crimes. Mladic is accused of orchestrating the 1995 massacre in Srebrenica, in which 8,000 men and boys were slaughtered, among other crimes.

St. Louis opened its doors to Bosnian refugees in the 1990s and is now home to more than 70,000 Bosnians, the largest population outside of Bosnia-Herzegovina. In 2000 the Missouri History Museum published a book by Patrick McCarthy, After the Fall, focusing on a displaced family and their experiences. Read more »

2, May 2012

Pruitt-Igoe Documentary Wins Awards

The Pruitt-Igoe Myth: An Urban History, which was produced in association with the Missouri History Museum, has been winning awards from national history organizations. It won the Erik Barnouw Award from the Organization of American Historians, the John E. O'Connor Film Award from the American Historical Association, and an ABC News VideoSource Award for its use of archival news footage. The History Museum provided much of the footage that is used in the film. Read more »

3, April 2012

Leader of the Missouri Volunteers in 1837 Battle of Okeechobee Comes Alive in Reenactment

Every year, for five generations, a direct descendant of General Richard Gentry has paid public homage or published an ode to this distinguished ancestor. A founder of Boone County, Missouri, and of Columbia, its first mayor and postmaster, state senator in the first legislature in Jefferson City, Santa Fe trader, major general in the Black Hawk War of 1832, and leader of the Missouri Volunteers in the Battle of Okeechobee in Florida’s Seminole Indian War of 1837, he demonstrated a high-risk profile on the Missouri frontier.

Image at left: Scene from the reenactment of the Battle of Okeechobee in the Seminole Indian War of 1837. Photo by Suzanne Stolar.
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28, March 2012

Award-Winning Documentary about War in Afghanistan to be Screened at Museum

What does it mean to lead men in war? What does it mean to come home—injured physically and psychologically—and build a new life? These questions are addressed in Hell and Back Again, a documentary about the war in Afghanistan. The MIssouri History Museum invites the public to a screening of Hell and Back Again at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 5, as part of its Community Cinema series. Read more »

20, March 2012

The Willie Lynch Myth

UPDATE: Many who heard Dr. Cobb speak at the Museum on March 27 have inquired about his presentation. It is now available as a download.

While at a poetry reading, a young black man recited a poem that seemed like his original work until he uttered some familiar lines.  “I have a fool-proof method for controlling your black slaves. I guarantee every one of you that if installed correctly it will control the slaves for at least 300 years.”  Some people in the audience nodded their heads, and others murmured, but all reacted to his work without regard to the apparent plagiarism. It is likely that the attendees did not know that many of the poet’s lines were lifted from a speech known as How to Make a Slave, Read more »