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27, May 2016

Looking Back: The Great Cyclone of 1896

Shortly after 5pm on Wednesday, May 27, 1896, one of the largest tornadoes in American history swept through St. Louis, wreaking havoc on the city and neighboring East St. Louis. More than 250 people were killed in just 20 minutes. This tragic incident remains one of the most costly and devastating natural disasters in American history. Click through the gallery below to relive the aftermath of that fateful day through images from our collection.  Read more »

25, May 2016

Looking Back: The St. Louis Arena

Today the St. Louis Blues call downtown's Scottrade Center home, but many of you likely have fond memories of their former home—the St. Louis Arena. Opened in 1929 in St. Louis's Dogtown neighborhood, the Arena was known as the Checkerdome from 1977 to 1983 after the building and the team were purchased by Ralston Purina. The iconic St. Louis building was demolished after the Blues moved to their new home, the Kiel Center (now the Scottrade Center), in 1994. Click through the gallery below to see the Arena's story through images and artifacts from our collection. Read more »

19, May 2016

Craft Beer: Nothing New for the Lou!

Last year, in a pair of posts written for my personal blog (Distilled History), I detailed a crazy plan of mine to identify every single Read more »

16, May 2016

Rock On with the Teen Tones

In the middle of the 1950s, rock ’n’ roll was freshly sweeping the nation. It was so new that it hadn’t even caught on with St. Louis musicians—until a group of Affton High School students formed the Teen Tones, also known as Jules Blattner and the Teen Tones.  Read more »

11, May 2016

Tennessee in St. Louis

“What shouldn’t you do if you’re a young playwright? Don’t bore the audience! I mean, even if you have to resort to totally arbitrary killing on stage, or pointless gunfire, at least it’ll catch their attention and keep them awake. Just keep the thing going any way you can.”
—Tennesee Williams in an interview with Dotson Rader for The Paris Review, 1981 Read more »

6, May 2016

5 Boss Moms of Missouri History

Missouri history boasts several boss women—women who were confident, intelligent, and could hold their own. In honor of Mother's Day, we're kicking off our recognition of the boss women of Missouri history by highlighting five boss moms. Here's to all you mothers out there—you're in excellent company!   Read more »