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30, July 2015

Swabbing the Decks: Conserving a Steamboat Model

Preparing an object for exhibition involves a thorough examination in the conservation lab to determine the overall stability and condition of the item. Addressing concerns before exhibition helps ensure the overall preservation of the object for both the short term of the exhibit and the long term as part of our collection. Read more »

24, July 2015

The 25th Anniversary of ADA and Its St. Louis Connection

Twenty-five years ago, on July 26, 1990, President George H. W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) into law. The official goal was “to establish a clear and comprehensive prohibition of discrimination on the basis of disability.” Prior to the passing of the ADA, forms of discrimination against people with disabilities still existed—despite previous legislation—especially in areas such as employment, housing, public spaces, education, transportation, communications, health care, and public services. Read more »

17, July 2015

1875 St. Louis: The Russell Coal Mines

As many visitors of the Missouri History Museum’s current exhibit A Walk in 1875 St. Louis can attest, it can be quite the shock to glance across St. Louis of 140 years ago, especially if your neighborhood didn’t exist yet. For those who call Tower Grove South home, it can be even more of a shock knowing that in 1875 the neighborhood was being used as a coal mine! The resources hidden just beneath the area’s surface were quite valuable, and one family was busy adding their own tunnels, holes, and carvings to a landscape that already had quite a few natural ones. Read more »

14, July 2015

The Liberator and the Survivor

Volunteer docents at the Missouri History Museum are sometimes asked to accompany a tour that will be led by a curator. We greet the curator and guests and then respectfully move to the rear of the group as the tour begins. Most of the interaction occurs between the curator and the guests, but sometimes the docents are asked questions as well. The most frequently asked question on such evenings is, “Where is the restroom?” That always keeps us humble. Read more »

9, July 2015

Srebrenica Remembrance

This week marks the 20th anniversary of the massacre in Srebrenica. About 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys were killed by Serb forces in July 1995. This story resonates in St. Louis, home to many Bosnian refugees—the largest Bosnian population outside of Bosnia. Read more »