30, March 2016

The Missouri History Museum: An Architectural Gem

The Missouri History Museum has been part of the St. Louis community for nearly 150 years. It was founded in 1866 as the Missouri Historical Society by a group of people who wanted to save “from oblivion the early history of St. Louis and the state of Missouri.” In 1913 the Society moved its collections to the Jefferson Memorial Building in Forest Park. The Museum expanded in 2000 with a stunning contemporary addition that more than tripled its space, creating a building that combines architectural beauty and historic significance with modern amenities. Read more »

29, March 2016

Gunfire on Grand

One thing you may notice when you visit Spies, Traitors, Saboteurs is that none of the nine major incidents of terrorism covered in the exhibit took place in St. Louis. But that doesn’t mean St. Louis has no ties to terrorism. In fact, on February 15, 1972, St. Louis was unexpectedly drawn into the investigation of a terrorist cell operating in the United States, and it all started with a basic traffic stop. Read more »

24, March 2016

8 Movies Set or Filmed in St. Louis—Part 2

We're at it again! St. Louis is and has been home to mountains of movie magic. How well do you know STL's cinematic history?

1. The Hoodlum Priest (1961)

Don Murray, Larry Gates, Cindi Wood, Irvin Kershner (Director) Read more »

15, March 2016

Eye on Exhibits: History Comes in Many Styles

“Why is this history?”

We expect to hear different versions of that question over the next few months after we open our latest exhibit. Read more »

8, March 2016

7 Eye-Opening Old Timey Cures

Advertisements for patent medicines, also known as home remedies or nostrums, were a staple of newspapers in the 19th and early 20th centuries. The popularity of nostrums was in large part due to the limitations of 19th-century medical care. Read more »

2, March 2016

Miss Nettie's Ghost

When I started at the Missouri History Museum about 10 years ago, I remember being in the Jefferson Memorial portion of the building when a door slammed shut with no one behind it. “What was that?” I asked. “Just Miss Nettie’s ghost,” was the answer. Over the years, if a label stubbornly refused to stay on a wall, if a door in the old part of the building opened or closed by itself, I would often hear that it was Miss Nettie making her presence known. Read more »