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Pageant and Masque crew and assorted costumed cast members with Art Hill in the distance, 1914.
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 »

6, January 2011

Yankee Warhorse

Yankee Warhorse: A Biography of Major General Peter Osterhaus Read more »

30, December 2010

Max J. Starkloff, Pioneer of Rights for Those with Disabilities, 1937–2010

Max J. Starkloff, one of our nation's strongest advocates of rights for those with disabilities, died Monday, December 27, at age 73. Starkloff, a quadriplegic since a car accident at age 21, was a crusader for equality in St. Louis and the nation—a voice demanding wheelchair ramps and lifts on sidewalks and buses and that businesses make their entrances accessible to all.

In 1970, Max and his wife, Colleen, cofounded Paraquad, an organization that provided resources so that disabled persons could live and work independently. Read more »

22, December 2010

So Who Lived in Your House?

All St. Louisans are used to the question, “So where’d you go to high school?” But have you ever been asked, “So who lived in your house?” I have, and I found the answer where I work, the Missouri History Museum Library and Research Center.

Here’s who lived in my house.

A widow had it built in 1885 for her two sons. She bought the land from a local businessman whose family is still in business today. The Harrison boys were both in the fur trade business, one being a trimmer and the other a tanner. They lived in the house for only a few years. In 1891, the Schwarz family moved in. Read more »