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21, March 2017

Mighty Military Women

Women have participated in nearly every major war in this country starting as far back as the Civil War, when hundreds of women disguised themselves as men to serve as secret soldiers, and others nursed the wounded. Read more »

19, October 2016

3 Reasons to Love the Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries

One question I’m frequently asked when people find out I’m an archivist (besides “What’s an archivist?”) is: Which collection is your favorite? For me, that’s easy. I loved digitizing and transcribing the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries. Read more »

5, October 2016

From Lincoln's Pen to Your Hands

I started at the Missouri History Museum as an intern in 1997, right after graduating from college with a degree in history. My first task was to help Dennis Northcott, one of the archivists, compile a guide to the Civil War manuscripts in the Archives. Previously I had viewed the 19th century as boring, but the more I read the letters and diaries of soldiers who fought in the Civil War, the more my perspective changed. Read more »

3, October 2016

What's an Archivist Anyway?

Over the years, I’ve gotten a wide range of reactions when I tell people I’m an archivist. One lady told me not to say that too loudly. To this day I don’t know why she responded that way, but I suspect she misunderstood me and thought I’d said I was an anarchist. 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 »

24, November 2015

Hairy History: The 10 Best Beards (and Mustaches) in Our Collection

In honor of No-Shave November, we're diving into the Photographs & Prints Collection to feature some of Missouri's top facial-haired folks. From gentlemanly mustaches to flowing beards, Missourians have been major players in the facial hair game for quite a while. Click through the gallery below to see for yourself!

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1, October 2014

When History and Video Games Collide

Recently, as I was browsing through our collections, I came across a piece of hardtack. I paused in surprise, and thought, “Wow. This is actually a thing.” Hardtack is something that I use every day but didn’t realize actually exists (or existed). You see, I use hardtack in a virtual world, one in which I fight for the good of humanity as I try to save the world from its own narcissistic tendencies. Read more »

19, December 2011

A Thought-Provoking Find

 One of the things I appreciate most about being an employee at the Missouri History Museum is the enjoyment I get from working with history buffs like myself. As museum professionals we take any opportunity to share our own enthusiasm for historical artifacts with our co-workers. Read more »

3, December 2011

Civil War Love Letters: December 3–4, 1861

After more than a month of inactivity, presumably in St. Louis, James Love finally left for Kansas. Troops were being gathered at Fort Leavenworth for an expedition to New Mexico to prevent an invasion of the state by rebel troops.

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12 M. - Decr 3rd/4th 1861 Read more »

17, November 2011

Before Love Came to America

During this period of inactivity in James Loves's letter writing, we are publishing stories about James and Molly's family members. In this post, Missouri History Museum Associate Archivist Molly Kodner traces James Love's family back to Ireland. You can read archived letters here.

In 1630, James Love’s ancestors, four Love brothers, sailed from London and landed in Londonderry in Northern Ireland. Read more »