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26, February 2016

Dr. Herman Dreer and Black History Month in St. Louis

Every February, communities across America come together to explore, learn, and celebrate influential African Americans like Harriet Tubman, Muhammad Ali, Ella Fitzgerald, and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This celebration hasn’t always been the norm, however. The roots of Black History Month go back to 1915, when Carter G. Woodson, a Harvard professor, and Jesse E. Read more »

16, February 2016

Terror in the Headlines

Historic newspapers are a fantastic resource. They can’t tell us everything: They can’t tell us how people responded to the news they read. They can’t tell us whether their stories were ignored or clipped out and put up on people’s refrigerators. They can’t tell us how small tragedies or celebrations may have caused individuals to ignore the news for a few days, as happens to all of us from time to time. But the newspapers can tell us a lot about how people in the past first learned of events big and small. Read more »

9, February 2016

Eye on Exhibits: We Aim to Disappoint

We’ve been hearing a lot of complaints from our visitors lately, and quite frankly, we couldn’t be happier. I assure you we aren’t usually happy when we hear about disappointed visitors, but in this case we think it’s a good sign. Let me explain. Read more »

4, February 2016

All Aboard! Historic Images of St. Louis Union Station

With news that renovations and improvments at Union Station have begun, we dove into our photograph and print collection to find some historic photos of this spectacular building, completed in 1874. Read more »

2, February 2016

Spies, Traitors, Saboteurs: Fear and Freedom in America

Today, it seems like we can’t go to any of our favorite news sites without seeing at least one story about terrorism and sabotage. The threat of terrorism is a part of every news cycle, a part of the conversations that Americans from New York to Los Angeles are having with their family and friends. All this talk of terrorism and internal threats makes it seem like we’ve entered a new era in American history. In some ways this isn’t wrong. The word "terrorism" is fairly new; it wasn’t used widely until the 1970s although it was originally coined during the French Revolution in the 1790s. Read more »