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5, April 2011

Best Paper Award Announced

 

 

 

Fontbonne University recently announced the winner of the Best Paper Award from last October’s “Collective Memory in St. Louis” conference, which was co-sponsored by the Missouri History Museum. The paper, written by Notre Dame’s Daniel A. Graff, recontextualizes the life and legacy of journalist and celebrated abolitionist Elijah Lovejoy. Read the full article below - hint: click on the title or use the "full page" icon on the lower right hand corner for a better view.

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25, January 2011

MVVA to Update Public on Arch Grounds Redesign and Announce Traveling Exhibit

Last September, New York-based Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates (MVVA) was chosen to plan the redesign of the Arch grounds. The MVVA team spent three months partnering with sponsors, the City of Louis, and the National Park Service to develop the design, a budget, and a fund-raising plan.

On January 26, lead designer Michael Van Valkenburgh will update the community on the design concept and discuss next steps for invigorating the Arch grounds and making connections to downtown St. Louis, the Mississippi River, and the Illinois riverbank. The presentation will run from 6 p.m. Read more »

19, January 2011

MHM Celebrates Martin Luther King Jr.

Monday, January 17, 2011, marked the 25th anniversary of the national holiday commemorating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. To honor Dr. King, the Missouri History Museum hosted a musical tribute on Sunday, January 16 in its Grand Hall.

An audience of 225 people enjoyed a concert with Marsha Evans, who performed songs by gospel singer Mahalia Jackson, among others. Read more »

7, January 2011

MHM Remembers Max Starkloff

The Missouri History Museum is deeply saddened by the loss of Max J. Starkloff, who died at age 73 on December 27. In conjunction with the celebration of his life that was held on January 4 in St. Louis, members of the Museum staff would like to share their memories of the man who crusaded for civil rights for those with disabilities.

Museum President Robert R. Archibald was especially grateful for Max’s contributions and input on its current exhibit, The Americans with Disabilities Act: 20 Years Later. Read more »

30, December 2010

Max J. Starkloff, Pioneer of Rights for Those with Disabilities, 1937–2010

Max J. Starkloff, one of our nation's strongest advocates of rights for those with disabilities, died Monday, December 27, at age 73. Starkloff, a quadriplegic since a car accident at age 21, was a crusader for equality in St. Louis and the nation—a voice demanding wheelchair ramps and lifts on sidewalks and buses and that businesses make their entrances accessible to all.

In 1970, Max and his wife, Colleen, cofounded Paraquad, an organization that provided resources so that disabled persons could live and work independently. Read more »

1, December 2010

A Campaign to Honor Dred and Harriet Scott

Meriwether's Restaurant at the Missouri History Museum was recently the site of an event to unveil a miniature sculpture of Dred and Harriet Scott, designed by well-known sculptor Harry Weber. The unveiling was part of a fundraising campaign—spearheaded by the Dred Scott Heritage Foundation—to create and install a life-size version of the sculpture on the grounds of the Old Courthouse in downtown St. Louis. Read more »

23, November 2010

Volunteerism Garners an Award

The Missouri History Museum was proud to learn that its volunteers received the Volunteer of the Year Award, as part of WHERE Magazine’s Third Annual Silver Plume Awards. The more than 200 volunteers were recognized for a combined total of 11,000-plus hours of service during the recent Vatican Splendors exhibit from May to September. Read more »

12, November 2010

St. Louis International Film Festival Gets Underway

The 2010 St. Louis International Film Festival officially kicked off last night, November 11. Occupying the prestigious first slot of the festival was the film Casino Jack, directed by St. Louis’s own George Hickenlooper. Read more »

3, November 2010

George Hickenlooper, 1963–2010

George Hickenlooper, a film director from St. Louis, died on October 30, 2010. He suffered a heart attack in his sleep at age 47.

Hickenlooper attended Saint Louis University High School, graduating in 1982. While there, he won two national contests for short films. He went on to write and direct Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse (1991), an Emmy-winning documentary about the making of Apocalypse Now. He also directed Factory Girl (2006), about Bob Dylan, model Edie Sedgwick, and Andy Warhol. Read more »