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3, March 2017

The Highs and Lows of Gov. James Wilkinson

Occasionally there are figures who weave in and out of history, connecting seemingly disparate people and events. It’s like when an infamous recurring character’s name pops up in the credits of a television show: You just know things are about to get messy.  

James Wilkinson was one such person. Throughout his lifetime he had been called a conspirator, drunkard, slanderer, traitor, insurgent, perjurer—and the Louisiana Territory’s first governor. Read more »

12, January 2017

8 Male Hipsters of Missouri History

When one thinks of hipster guys, ironic facial hair and glasses spring to mind. But these eight images prove that people have been thumbing their noses at convention since “diesel” meant only one thing—and it's not a trucker hat. By all means, mimic the boy showing off his talented stilt-walking skills, or dress like the man roller-skating down the street.

1. Beer Me

This is one classy happy hour—now pick those bottles up off the floor, already! Read more »

13, December 2016

What I Learned Thanks to Show Me 66

After a year of researching, conducting interviews, collecting archival footage, and taking nearly a dozen road trips, the Missouri History Museum released its first feature-length documentary, Show Me 66: Main Street Through Missouri. The film is a wide-angle look at the Missouri people, places, moments, and events that helped make Route 66 the most famous highway in the world—no small task when dealing with 90 years of history and 300 miles of road. Read more »

1, July 2016

Looking Back: Float Designs for the 1929 VP Parade

The Veiled Prophet (VP) parade has been an iconic St. Louis event for over 130 years. Inspired by the Mardis Gras festivities in New Orleans, the Veiled Prophet Organization (a group of St. Louis businessmen) launched the parade and related pageantry to boost interest in the city's week-long harvest festival. The first VP parade took place in October 1878 and featured floats purchased from New Orleans Mardis Gras organizers. In later years, artists designed floats specifically for the St. Louis parade. Read more »

20, June 2016

Shades of Summer

Sunglasses are synonymous with summer, and we happen to have several pairs in our collections. Here's a glimpse of five pairs that show how the frames and glass tinting have evolved over time.

1. Globe-trotters

These green shades made the journey with Charles Lindbergh on his historic 1927 flight from New York to Paris. Whether he wore them or not is up in the air. The information accompanying the sunglasses says Lindbergh "reportedly put them on but realized they were a danger because they'd make it too easy to fall asleep." Read more »

15, April 2016

Lindbergh and the World's Largest Airline

In most years, April 15 marks the day procrastinators throughout the United States scramble to turn in their tax forms to the IRS. But that’s not the only reason April 15 is important. On this day 90 years ago, the world’s largest airline took flight for the first time—and Missouri, Charles Lindbergh, and the U.S. mail all played a part. Read more »

15, April 2016

My 5 (Or So) Favorite Things in the Library: Day 5

Our final list of favorite things for National Library Week 2016 comes from Emily Jaycox, librarian for the Missouri History Museum. Here she is! Read more »

14, April 2016

My 5 (Or So) Favorite Things in the Library: Day 4

Our librarians aren’t the only ones with favorites at the Missouri History Museum Library! Today’s lists come from two staff members who work in different departments housed within the LRC building. Are you ready to learn what Lauren Mitchell, director of publications, and Gwen Moore, curator of urban landscapes and community identity, love in the library? Then read on! Read more »

13, April 2016

My 5 (Or So) Favorite Things in the Library: Day 3

Today’s lists come from Edna Smith, assistant librarian, and Debra Schraut, catalog librarian. So without further ado, here they are! Read more »

12, April 2016

My 5 (Or So) Favorite Things in the Library: Day 2

Yesterday I shared my favorite things in the library. Today, let’s see what Jason Stratman, assistant librarian, and Kelly Brown, acquisitions librarian, find fascinating! Read more »