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28, November 2017

5 Wacky Panoramas Details Hiding in Plain Sight

Thanks to their large widths, historic panoramic photos are able to cram lots of details into one space—often they aren’t even things the photographers meant to capture! They’re small snippets that live in the margins, details that, in the case of our Panoramas of the City exhibit, reveal the everyday lives of the people who called St. Louis home in the first half of the 20th century. Read more »

25, November 2017

5 Famous Authors' Takes on St. Louis

St. Louis has a history of producing wordsmiths who recall their hometown fondly, but what about writers who aren't from here? We pulled some of the most entertaining assessments dating back to the 1920s and 1930s from the book Seeking St. Louis: Voices from a River City, 1670–2000 and the scrapbooks Read more »

22, November 2017

When Innovations of the 1930s Came to Town

Who hasn’t thought “there has to be a better way to do this” or “if only such a thing existed”? Well, the exhibitors at the National Inventors’ Congress went beyond these idle musings to turn their daydreams into inventions! Read more »

17, November 2017

St. Louis's "Billionaire" Businessman

John O’Fallon barely knew his father, James, but the lingering tales of him as a “reckless, debt-ridden adventurer” undoubtedly contributed to John’s lifelong obsession with business success. Read more »

15, November 2017

Of Primary (Source) Importance

Distilling 200+ years of civil rights history into a 76-page book provides an immediate recipe for writer’s agony—and that’s before the wrinkle of crafting text for an upper elementary school audience. Yet that’s the task Dr. Melanie Adams and I faced in researching and producing Standing Up For Civil Rights in St. Louis, a young reader’s companion to the #1 in Civil Rights exhibit currently on view at the Missouri History Museum. Read more »

13, November 2017

Scoring an NHL First in St. Louis

Long before the St. Louis Blues took to the ice at the Arena, another National Hockey League team called St. Louis home—and scored an important first in NHL history. Read more »

11, November 2017

WWI Victory Celebrations and Homecomings

World War I ended on November 11, 1918, with the declaration of an armistice. The four-year fight claimed millions of lives and displaced millions more. The United States played a brief yet pivotal role in the war, spearheading the Meuse-Argonne Offensive that forced Germany’s surrender. Read more »

9, November 2017

A Chimney Topper's Tale

On February 16, 1959, the first buildings started to fall in St. Louis’s historic Mill Creek Valley neighborhood. Their demolition had been years in the making: In 1954, Mayor Raymond Tucker proposed a plan to raze the more than 400 square acres of city that stood between Saint Louis University and Union Station as part of St. Louis’s post–World War II revitalization. Read more »