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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 »

1, December 2010

A Campaign to Honor Dred and Harriet Scott

Meriwether's Restaurant at the Missouri History Museum was recently the site of an event to unveil a miniature sculpture of Dred and Harriet Scott, designed by well-known sculptor Harry Weber. The unveiling was part of a fundraising campaign—spearheaded by the Dred Scott Heritage Foundation—to create and install a life-size version of the sculpture on the grounds of the Old Courthouse in downtown St. Louis. Read more »

30, November 2010

Rising on the River

Rising on the River: St. Louis 1822 to 1850, Explosive Growth from Town to City

By Frederick A. Hodes, Ph.D. Read more »

23, November 2010

Volunteerism Garners an Award

The Missouri History Museum was proud to learn that its volunteers received the Volunteer of the Year Award, as part of WHERE Magazine’s Third Annual Silver Plume Awards. The more than 200 volunteers were recognized for a combined total of 11,000-plus hours of service during the recent Vatican Splendors exhibit from May to September. Read more »

18, November 2010

Growing Awareness

Editor’s note: Sharon Smith, Curator of Civic and Personal Identity, recently curated the History Museum’s exhibition The Americans with Disabilities Act: Twenty Years Later. She writes about her experience:

In order to understand what the ADA has meant to the disability community, as well as society in general, we wanted to look at life before the passage up until the present day. We recognize that work is not complete: Some have fought the legislation. And still today there is work going on to keep the ADA in the minds of the public and businesses. Read more »

12, November 2010

St. Louis International Film Festival Gets Underway

The 2010 St. Louis International Film Festival officially kicked off last night, November 11. Occupying the prestigious first slot of the festival was the film Casino Jack, directed by St. Louis’s own George Hickenlooper. Read more »

10, November 2010

A Homesteader from St. Louis

Thoughtful people in our community, seeking to preserve a heritage shared by us all, have donated most of the artifacts in the collection of the Missouri History Museum. A recent donation of an American Indian headdress from the northern Plains began an interesting story of family and place.

Fred Roscoe Smith (1881–1968) was a resident of St. Louis who homesteaded in Montana between the years 1900 and 1916. His wife, Edith, stayed with him one winter, but found the weather to be foreboding and refused to live with him there in the future. She remained in St. Read more »

5, November 2010

Letter to Charles Lindbergh Makes a Return Flight 83 Years Later

Here is a curatorial feel-good story about one boy’s letter to Charles Lindbergh and how a copy of it made its way back home.

Over nine years ago, I was in the process of selecting artifacts for a 6,000-square-foot exhibit commemorating the New York to Paris flight that Lindbergh made in 1927. The Missouri History Museum has the largest collection of gifts Lindbergh received for his various flights from 1927 onward, as well as a large archival collection including thousands of letters of congratulations from around the world. Read more »

3, November 2010

George Hickenlooper, 1963–2010

George Hickenlooper, a film director from St. Louis, died on October 30, 2010. He suffered a heart attack in his sleep at age 47.

Hickenlooper attended Saint Louis University High School, graduating in 1982. While there, he won two national contests for short films. He went on to write and direct Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse (1991), an Emmy-winning documentary about the making of Apocalypse Now. He also directed Factory Girl (2006), about Bob Dylan, model Edie Sedgwick, and Andy Warhol. Read more »