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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 »

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 »

11, August 2016

Miss Nettie's Notebooks and the MHS Story

The Missouri Historical Society officially turns 150 years old today. That’s a remarkable milestone to reach, and it begs the question “How does a museum thrive for 150 years?” It must have a solid collection and tell compelling stories, certainly, but it must also have a long line of dedicated staff who both preserve the past and push the institution forward. Few of us here now will leave the mark on the Society that a woman named Nettie Beauregard did. Read more »

16, March 2011

Learning About the Osage

When I pitched the idea of writing about the Osage people in Missouri, my thought was to write about the general history of their time in the state, before a series of treaties, eight in total dating from 1808 to 1865, forced their removal from Missouri and eventually into the state of Oklahoma. I started to do some reading, and a few stories within that larger story just stayed with me. So instead of a general history here are a few interesting stories I learned about the Osage. They involve William Clark, the young Osage woman Mohongo, and the Osage word Chouteau Tah Wan. Read more »