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27, September 2011

In Remembrance: Bob Cassilly, St. Louis Visionary

The news stories in St. Louis have been covering the death (on September 26, 2011) of City Museum founder Bob Cassilly, an artist inspired by the everyday wonders and kid-like appreciation for exploration and danger. The one and only time I had a chance to meet Cassilly was in my first few months in St. Louis. I had been hired to design the Currents gallery in the Missouri History Museum’s Seeking St. Louis core exhibition project. A team of us visited the yet-unopened City Museum in 1997 to meet with Cassilly and hopefully have some of that creative vision rub off on us. Read more »

13, July 2011

Remembering Srebrenica

This week marks the 16th anniversary of the massacre at Srebrenica. About 8,000 Muslim men and boys were killed by Serb forces in July 1995.

St. Louis is home to a large number of Bosnian refugees—the largest population outside of Bosnia. In 2000 the Missouri History Museum published a book by Patrick McCarthy and Tom Maday, After the Fall, focusing on a displaced family and their experiences. Here are some excerpts describing the siege.

From survivor Azra Oric-Becirovic: Read more »

17, May 2011

Remembering the Pevely Legacy

On Saturday, May 14, Arthur F. Kerckhoff, Jr., passed away at his home in Ladue at the age of 82. His family founded Pevely Dairy Co. in 1887, and in 2008 Kerckhoff donated a sizable artifact from the business to the Missouri History Museum collections. Read more »

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 »