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13, July 2010

Good-bye Kiel

On Monday, July 12, it was announced that when the Kiel Opera House reopens next year it will have a new name. St. Louis-based coal company Peabody has purchased the naming rights to what will now be called the Peabody Opera House. Although it’s good to see the return of the opera house, it’s also bittersweet to see the name “Kiel” disappear from the building. Originally named the Municipal Auditorium, the theater was renamed in 1943 in memory of St. Louis mayor Henry W. Kiel. Read more »

9, July 2010

Product of Liberia

My search for Liberian items in our History Museum collections began as I read an article describing the upcoming annual Alpha Kappa Alpha convention happening in St. Louis from July 9th through the 17th. The oldest African American sorority (founded in 1908 by St. Read more »

30, June 2010

Who Needs Sunscreen When You Have Flannel Bloomers?

As I was prepping my kids for a trip to the pool last week, I silently paid homage to the newish invention the swim shirt. Because my sons can (and thankfully will) wear a shirt into the water, I don’t have to spend 20 minutes slathering their torsos with sunscreen or worrying that they’ll still somehow get burned in that one spot that I missed.

It made me think of some bathing suits that we have in the collections of the History Museum. When you go back to the 1800s, you notice that women’s suits left everything to the imagination. Read more »

29, June 2010

Zoo Conversations Video with Dr. Jeffrey Bonner

Although the Saint Louis Zoo is mostly looking to the past as it celebrates its centennial, Dr. Robert Archibald, president of the History Museum, recently sat down with Dr. Jeffrey Bonner, Dana Brown President and CEO of the Zoo, to ask him about the future of the Saint Louis Zoo and zoos in general. Read more »

28, June 2010

First Lady of the Saint Louis Zoo

Editor’s note: This story is part of a series of articles exploring the history of the Saint Louis Zoo as it celebrates its centennial. The History Museum has partnered with the Zoo to develop an exhibit chronicling its first 100 years. The Zootennial exhibit is located on the Zoo grounds in the 1917 Elephant House, now Peabody Hall. Read more »

25, June 2010

20th Anniversary of the ADA

To commemorate the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), on June 25, 2010, members of the five institutions comprising the Metropolitan Zoological Park and Museum District (ZMD) converged at the Missouri History Museum to sign proclamations of recommitment to the vision of the ADA—full inclusion of people with disabilities into American life. Missouri History Museum president Robert R. Read more »

23, June 2010

Pass the History, Please

Handed down from grandmother to daughter to granddaughter, our china cabinet at home contains odds and ends from different generations of Rebacheks and Kochs. Among these oddities is a set of salt and pepper shakers, small black china kittens with bows and sparkles, probably made in the 1950s. Read more »

21, June 2010

Pocket Treasures

One of the side benefits of rehousing our special collections material is that we find wonderful little treasures. We have a three-volume set of books, The expeditions of Zebulon Montgomery Pike, to headwaters of the Mississippi River, through Louisiana Territory, and in New Spain, during the years 1805–6–7. The volumes were published in 1895. We were making phase boxes (protective two-piece boxes or enclosures, made out of heavy stock paper) for them when a volunteer started pulling out maps from a pocket in the third volume. Each map was folded down into 4" x 7" dimensions. Read more »

17, June 2010

Gallaudet School for the Deaf Closes

Gallaudet School for the Deaf has closed as St. Louis Public Schools shutters six schools in an effort to save money. For the first time in 131 years, St. Louis will be without a public school for students who are deaf and hard of hearing. The 69 students will be integrated into traditional schools, which many, including special education chief Chip Jones, believe serves them better. Read more »

16, June 2010

A Prince Among Slaves

Mark your calendars for a fascinating documentary about the story of an African prince enslaved in Mississippi in the 18th century. At 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 24, The Missouri History Museum will screen Prince Among Slaves in its Lee Auditorium. Read more »