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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 »

9, February 2012

Frankie Freeman Named St. Louis's 2011 Citizen of the Year

Frankie Muse Freeman has been named St. Louis's 2011 Citizen of the Year. She is the first African American woman to win this award, chosen by past winners and sponsored by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Freeman spent her career as a lawyer fighting for civil rights, her first major case ending discrimination in public housing in St. Louis. At age 95, Freeman is still going strong. Read more »

22, November 2011

A Journey Back in Time

In the past few years, the Missouri History Museum has had the good fortune to have the advice and friendship of Osage Nation leaders on several exhibition and research projects. Read more »

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 »