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18, October 2010

In Memoriam: Leonor Testa Feliciano

The Missouri History Museum lost a good friend recently. Leonor Testa Feliciano, M.D., passed away September 11, 2010, after a valiant battle with cancer. Leonor is remembered among History Museum staff for her long-term commitment to sharing her Filipino culture and heritage. A warm, compassionate, and outspoken adviser, she pushed our exhibition teams to present objects and stories that put people first. Read more »

8, October 2010

Here Come the Brides

Ten years ago, if you asked me for my opinion on the most popular month for a wedding, I would have answered May or June. Today, the spring and early summer months still bear witness to many a bride walking down the aisle. However, brides who don’t want to chance a 90-degree wedding day in the summer or wait two years for their dream venue to be available have begun to plan their weddings in the fall. Read more »

29, September 2010

Collective Memory in St. Louis

Fontbonne University, in partnership with the Missouri History Museum, will soon host a symposium exploring both collective memory and the city of St. Louis. Read more »

24, September 2010

MVVA Team Chosen to Redesign Arch Grounds

Landscape architect Michael Van Valkenburgh and a multidisciplinary team introduced as experts in “urban renewal, preservation, commemoration, social connections and ecological restoration” have been picked for the planning phase of The City+The Arch+The River 2015 International Design Competition.

The jury chose the MVVA Team over four others competing to enliven the area around the Gateway Arch and connect it to downtown St. Louis, the Mississippi River, and the Illinois bank. Read more »

21, September 2010

If You Don’t Know What to Do, Don’t Do It!

September is National Preparedness Month. To most of us these days, that means being ready for natural disasters, with a supply of candles, water, and a radio. But back in the 1940s and 1950s threats of air raids, blackouts, and gas and bomb attacks were real.

Because we just don’t see literature like this anymore, we now bring you some brochures from the Missouri History Museum’s Archives:

The “Civilian Defense Index” of 1942, published by the Massachusetts Indemnity Insurance Company, offers tips on both natural disasters and human-made attacks, along with first aid. Read more »

17, September 2010

Remembering Our Soldiers

A co-worker emailed me a news story about National POW/MIA Day. The article featured a man who, for 39 years, has worn a bracelet bearing the name of a missing soldier from the Vietnam War, someone he had never met. It got me thinking about our own Vietnam display in the Reflections gallery of the Museum, specifically, the story of Richard D. Chorlins. His family has also been waiting more than 39 years for his return to St. Read more »

16, September 2010

The Hobble Skirt: One Crazy Craze

In 1910, St. Louis’s fashion-conscious women wanted to be seen in the latest trend, the hobble skirt. Completely impractical, the hobble skirt was so named because its fit was confining to the point that it literally inhibited a normal gait for the wearer.

The ankle-length skirts were slim-fitting around the hips and legs—a precursor to the pencil skirt—and then narrowed significantly at the hem. Read more »

8, September 2010

Treasuring Our Resources

We’re living at an important moment in history, when many are coming to understand that we live on a planet with limited resources, and that it’s up to us to care for them. Recently, the Missouri History Museum transferred what were once considered some of its most valuable assets to another nonprofit organization, giving new life and possibility to a broader community. Read more »

31, August 2010

Without a Passport

Rome. Paris. Florence. Japan.
The names may sound exotic, but all can be found right here in Missouri.

After talking to a friend who didn’t seem excited about an upcoming trip to Mexico, St. Louis photographer Nancy Bridges discovered that Missouri is home to a number of towns named after international locales. Read more »

26, August 2010

Celebrating Mass in New Madrid

Visitors who have enjoyed the Vatican Splendors exhibit at the Missouri History Museum may want to visit the current display in the Library and Research Center reading room, which features artifacts and documents related to Catholics in Missouri. Among the artifacts is a pair of pewter casters used during Mass at the first Catholic Church in New Madrid, Missouri.

St. Isidore Church in New Madrid was established in 1789, the same year the town was founded. Read more »