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11, February 2011

Profiles: William Wells Brown

Each week during Black History Month, we will feature stories of African Americans who made History Happen—through the legacy of slave narratives, art and music, or activism in the civil rights movement.


William Wells Brown

William Wells Brown was born into slavery in Lexington, Kentucky, in 1814. Read more »

11, February 2011

Osage Leaders Bless Artifacts in Splendid Heritage Exhibition

The exhibition Splendid Heritage: Perspectives on American Indian Art opens on Saturday, February 12, 2011, at the Missouri History Museum. On February 10 a blessing ceremony was conducted, partly in Osage, by leaders of the Osage Nation. Eddy Red Eagle and Vann Bighorse came up from Oklahoma to celebrate the works on display. The Osage conduct ceremonies for many of life’s events, happy or sad. The traditions are learned from elders, never written but captured in the hearts of the Indians.

Dr. Robert R. Read more »

2, February 2011

Hidden Spoons Stir Up a Mystery

One of our most recent donations combines a mysterious find with modern technology to fill a gap in our collections! The story begins in New York State, when the donor was cleaning an air duct in her house after a renovation project generated lots of dust. Much to her surprise, she found that someone had hidden some silver spoons in the ductwork. Perhaps this was done during the 1980s when silver briefly became more valuable than usual because of the Hunt brothers’ attempt to corner the silver market. Read more »

25, January 2011

MVVA to Update Public on Arch Grounds Redesign and Announce Traveling Exhibit

Last September, New York-based Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates (MVVA) was chosen to plan the redesign of the Arch grounds. The MVVA team spent three months partnering with sponsors, the City of Louis, and the National Park Service to develop the design, a budget, and a fund-raising plan.

On January 26, lead designer Michael Van Valkenburgh will update the community on the design concept and discuss next steps for invigorating the Arch grounds and making connections to downtown St. Louis, the Mississippi River, and the Illinois riverbank. The presentation will run from 6 p.m. Read more »

21, January 2011

Not the Last Sale of Slaves in St. Louis

On Saturday, January 15, visitors to the Old Courthouse in St. Louis encountered a re-enactment of a slave auction staged to show the historic brutality involved in the selling of human beings. Here at the History Museum there are vivid reminders of slavery’s legacy all around me. On view in the Currents gallery is a large and powerful painting that never ceases to stir my emotions, The Last Sale of Slaves in St. Louis, as depicted by artist Thomas Satterwhite Noble (1835–1907). Read more »

19, January 2011

MHM Celebrates Martin Luther King Jr.

Monday, January 17, 2011, marked the 25th anniversary of the national holiday commemorating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. To honor Dr. King, the Missouri History Museum hosted a musical tribute on Sunday, January 16 in its Grand Hall.

An audience of 225 people enjoyed a concert with Marsha Evans, who performed songs by gospel singer Mahalia Jackson, among others. Read more »

14, January 2011

The Native American Collections at the Missouri History Museum

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14, January 2011

Rose O'Neill: Creator of the World-Famous Kewpie

Kewpie postcard titled "Votes for Women," 1915.

Before Barbie came to dominate the doll world in the 1960s, another doll, the Kewpie, was the darling toy of li Read more »

7, January 2011

History Museum on Display in Shanghai

The World Expo Shanghai was open from May 1 to October 31, 2010. During that time, 73 million people visited the expo in China, which helped to showcase the Missouri History Museum among other international institutions. Read more »

7, January 2011

MHM Remembers Max Starkloff

The Missouri History Museum is deeply saddened by the loss of Max J. Starkloff, who died at age 73 on December 27. In conjunction with the celebration of his life that was held on January 4 in St. Louis, members of the Museum staff would like to share their memories of the man who crusaded for civil rights for those with disabilities.

Museum President Robert R. Archibald was especially grateful for Max’s contributions and input on its current exhibit, The Americans with Disabilities Act: 20 Years Later. Read more »