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17, December 2017

Introducing St. Louis's First Photojournalist

Whether they’re global achievements or more localized affairs, “firsts” are compelling and memorable. They point out moments of change and remind us that things we regard as part of daily life had to start somewhere, with someone doing something never done before. Read more »

9, June 2017

The St. Louis Party That Started a Phenomenon

On a sunny Sunday afternoon in May 1917, a group of St. Louis’s A-list gathered at a home in the Central West End neighborhood. The occasion was relaxed, a way for friends to enjoy conversation and cocktails on a pleasant spring day—it was also the first organized cocktail party in recorded history. Read more »

25, April 2017

How the Spanish-American War Met the Society Pages

It’s probably been a while since a St. Louis Post-Dispatch editor has penned several hundred exasperated words about the tango.

 
4, April 2017

The Most Disgraceful Election in American Politics

One of the beautiful things about the Missouri History Museum’s Library (aside from the setting, of course), is that sometimes you can come across some pretty cool stuff by accident. While working on a long-term project of inventorying and rehousing single-issue newspapers from our collections, we recently stumbled onto some amazing headlines from the front page of The St. Louis Chronicle concerning St. Louis’s mayoral race in 1901. Read more »

30, March 2017

A Fate of Flames

St. Louis was once home to one of the largest hotels in all the world—until the unthinkable happened. Read more »

30, November 2016

Discovering the Early Days of a Painted Lady

I used to make my husband drive by our home—a Second Empire–style townhouse in Lafayette Square—before it was ours. He resisted touring the interior, but when I finally convinced him, we both left smitten. We were in love not just with its soaring ceilings, plaster cove moldings, and tidy pocket shutters but also with its wrinkles, bruises, and battle scars. There were wide, undulating baseboards that morphed suddenly into skinny runners. Read more »

22, November 2016

A Throwback Thanksgiving

Unlike 2015, there’s no shortage of turkeys this year! By the looks of it from the November 27, 1890, edition of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, past St. Louisans would be jealous: Read more »

20, October 2016

Find Your Family's History

If I've learned anything throughout my years with the Missouri History Museum, it's that you can find family in all kinds of unexpected places. Case in point: While presenting at the St. Louis Genealogy Conference in Chesterfield earlier this month, I showed a photo of my grandfather, Ray Northcott, on his wedding day, pictured with friends Joe Zamberlan and Frank Digiovanni. Read more »

25, April 2016

Thank You, St. Louis

The Missouri History Museum was recently named Best Museum in St. Louis by Go! Magazine and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and we have you to thank for it: Read more »

11, April 2012

The Sinking of the Titanic: A St. Louis Connection

Over a hundred years ago, late in the evening of April 14, 1912, the supposedly unsinkable ocean liner known as the RMS Titanic hit an iceberg in the North Atlantic. She sank within a few hours, in the early morning of April 15. St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter Carlos F. Hurd and his wife, Katherine, had just embarked on a European vacation aboard the RMS Carpathia, which came to the rescue of the passengers who had safely evacuated the doomed Titanic and were adrift in lifeboats. Read more »