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17, February 2017

But for One Man . . .

Missouri owes a lot to Thomas Jefferson, who signed off on the land agreement that almost doubled the size of the United States. When we look back at history, it seems almost guaranteed that Jefferson—former governor of Virginia, U.S. ambassador to France, first Secretary of State, and second vice president—would become president at some point. But history is often messier than it seems at first glance. Read more »

12, October 2016

An Archival Challenge: The Lewis and Clark Journals

As I’ve mentioned in earlier Archives Month posts, researchers who come to the Missouri History Museum’s Library and Research Center can use and handle most of the documents in the archives. However, in some cases the archivists have to decline access in order to preserve the documents for the next hundred years. One such case is our collection of five original journals from the Lewis and Clark expedition. Read more »

30, March 2016

The Missouri History Museum: An Architectural Gem

The Missouri History Museum has been part of the St. Louis community for nearly 150 years. It was founded in 1866 as the Missouri Historical Society by a group of people who wanted to save “from oblivion the early history of St. Louis and the state of Missouri.” In 1913 the Society moved its collections to the Jefferson Memorial Building in Forest Park. The Museum expanded in 2000 with a stunning contemporary addition that more than tripled its space, creating a building that combines architectural beauty and historic significance with modern amenities. Read more »