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17, May 2011

Remembering the Pevely Legacy

On Saturday, May 14, Arthur F. Kerckhoff, Jr., passed away at his home in Ladue at the age of 82. His family founded Pevely Dairy Co. in 1887, and in 2008 Kerckhoff donated a sizable artifact from the business to the Missouri History Museum collections. Read more »

10, May 2011

Census Research Takes Root

I have always loved the census. So much of history is made up of military conquests, political maneuvers, grand inventions, and tragic disasters. But what about all the people who simply had to deal with the consequences of those events? Unlike their more prominent counterparts, most people in the past left us no written record, no diaries, no letters, no manuscripts detailing every glorious achievement in their lives. Those are the people who interest me, and the census gives me a way to find out who they were. Read more »

5, May 2011

The Flags of Civil War Missouri

The Flags of Civil War Missouri

By Glenn Dedmondt (Gretna, Louisiana: Pelican Publishing Co., 2010)

Reviewed by William C. Winter Read more »

5, May 2011

Splendid Experiences

Four interns in the Museum’s Education division—Rebecca Cain, Marc Hajjar, Sarah Haspiel, and Crystal Northcutt—wrote about their experiences in developing and implementing an educational program for students by using the content of the recent Splendid Heritage exhibit at the Museum. Read more »

26, April 2011

A Brief History of First Baptist Church

First Baptist is the oldest extant black church in the city of St. Louis. Its storied history dates to 1817 when two Baptist missionaries, John Mason Peck of Connecticut and James E. Welch, a native of Kentucky, arrived in St. Louis at the behest of the Baptist Triennial Missionary Convention based in Philadelphia. They were charged with establishing schools and churches with orders from the convention to pay particular attention to “the Fox, the Osage, the Kanses and other tribes of Indians.” Reaching St. Louis in December of 1817, they quickly set about fulfilling their mission. Read more »

20, April 2011

Civil War Love Letters

The Missouri History Museum Archives has many collections that provide firsthand accounts of the Civil War. One such collection is the James E. Love Papers. James enlisted with a Union regiment in St. Louis in May 1861. When his regiment left St. Louis in June 1861, James started writing letters home to his fiancée, Eliza Mary “Molly” Wilson. James continued to write these letters throughout his entire Civil War service. We believe this collection is unique because it documents not only one man’s experiences during the war, but also the great love story of James and Molly. Read more »

5, April 2011

Best Paper Award Announced




Fontbonne University recently announced the winner of the Best Paper Award from last October’s “Collective Memory in St. Louis” conference, which was co-sponsored by the Missouri History Museum. The paper, written by Notre Dame’s Daniel A. Graff, recontextualizes the life and legacy of journalist and celebrated abolitionist Elijah Lovejoy. Read the full article below - hint: click on the title or use the "full page" icon on the lower right hand corner for a better view.

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5, April 2011

Test Your Knowledge of Pottery!

Can you identify the different types of pottery? Do you know what each type is used for? Here is a brief look at the basic types of ceramics and their functions.



The wide body of pitchers narrows toward the top to form a neck, which widens outward to form the mouth. A pinched area on the front of the clay acts like a spout. Their bodies are quite often very heavy toward the bottom to prevent them from tipping. Read more »

29, March 2011

Reflections on the Missouri History Museum's First Student-Led Exhibit

On March 26, the Missouri History Museum celebrated the opening of Chalkboards to Computers: A Lindbergh School Retrospective. The exhibition documents the history of Truman Elementary School, which was formerly Lindbergh-North Junior High, The Middle School, Harry S. Truman Middle School, Affton-Lindbergh Early Childhood Education Center, and the Kindergarten Center during the course of its 49-year history. Read more »

23, March 2011

Looking at the Museum's Collection of German-Influenced Pottery

In my research on the Missouri History Museum's handmade ceramics, I came across a very interesting collection of pottery made by German Missourians, especially those found around the Boonville area, in the 19th century. Some of the ceramics in this collection were acquired by Charles van Ravenswaay, former director of the Museum. Read more »