29, July 2016

Leading the Way in War Work

Several women's organizations in St. Louis played pivotal roles in leading war-work efforts on the home front during World War I. Without these groups' backing, troops connected to the St. Louis region may not have retained the strength and morale needed to achieve success in the war. Read more »

28, July 2016

William Foden: America's Greatest Guitarist

When William Foden put his fingers to the strings of his beloved guitar, the instrument sang so richly one couldn’t help but be transported by his music. Read more »

26, July 2016

Library Preservation Meets Fate

This is a library-preservation story. Really, it is. I promise. It’s also the chance to show off a really cool cover of an issue of Fate Magazine: True Stories of the Strange and the Unknown, a magazine first published in Evanston, Illinois, in 1948. Read more »

21, July 2016

It's Not the Heat, It's the Humidity!

Can you imagine surviving a St. Louis summer without air conditioning? Well, now you don’t have to. Here's a look at the six main ways St. Louisans cooled off before the invention of A/C.

1. Fan yo’self

Fans helped move the muggy air, and several styles graced St. Louis homes over the years. Read more »

20, July 2016

St. Louis's Compliments to Sherman

If you’ve ever attended a formal dinner in a grand location for the express purpose of paying homage to the featured guest, you’ve attended the modern equivalent of a mid-19th-century complimentary dinner—but probably with fewer speeches to sit through. Read more »

15, July 2016

Who Knew? Going Beyond the St. Louis Question

History, tradition, and memories. That’s why we love our high schools here in St. Louis. Like it or not, “the question” has helped us make connections for generations. Plus, at cocktail parties it’s a great conversation alternative to politics. Nothing wrong with that! Read more »

14, July 2016

Harriet Hosmer: Nudity Pioneer

If you know the name Harriet Hosmer, you likely know of her work as a sculptor and have seen her pieces on display in museums throughout the world. But even though Hosmer is remembered today as a trailblazer and a monumentally talented artist, her road to fame was a difficult one. Born in Massachusetts in 1830, Hosmer demonstrated a unique artistic ability early on but was met with barriers to her professional and artistic development—and even the freedom to do what she loved. Read more »

12, July 2016

The Evolution of Mourning

When we attend funerals today, most of us pay our respects at funeral homes. In the 1860s, though, funerals took place in the homes of those mourning their loved ones and were rather intimate affairs. For example, the coffin was often made by someone close to the deceased or a local carpenter, and the body was prepared in the home by family or close friends. The funeral service itself took place in the home. Afterward, friends would carry the coffin to the cemetery, using a hearse only if the distance from the home to the cemetery was too great. Read more »