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24, March 2010


Canstruction: The "After" Photos

Today, March 24, Canstruction opened to the public. One or two teams were at the History Museum until 2am finishing their creations. Until April 5, you can see these ten works of art, created mostly by canned goods. Read more »

23, March 2010


Canstruction: The "During" Photos

Canstruction is underway! Building started at 7am, March 23, and by noon structures were beginning to take shape. (Well, some more than others!) I could definitely see a train and a riverboat coming together. I have no idea how anyone will be able to re-create the Spirit of St. Louis with cans, though! Read more »

22, March 2010


Canstruction: The "Before" Photos

Canstruction begins tomorrow! Sure, they don't look like much now, but on March 23, 2010, these cans will be transformed into works of art. Read more »

22, March 2010

Chinatown in St. Louis?

The Library and Research Center’s Margaret Blanke Grigg Reading Room displays material from our collections. Our first topic for the year was race and ethnicity in St. Louis. Once we decided on this topic my first thought went to a researcher who years ago used to use our library quite frequently. She was researching the Chinese in St. Louis. A few years later, two books have been added to our collections from that researcher.

What I found most interesting and something of a surprise was the early immigration of the Chinese to St. Read more »

19, March 2010

Dred and Harriet Scott: Their Family Story

Just in time for the anniversary month of the historic Dred Scott decision at the Old Courthouse in downtown St. Louis, the St. Louis County Library has published Dred & Harriet Scott: Their Family Story, by Ruth Ann (Abels) Hager.

Dred and Harriet Scott explores how the 11-year legal battle to gain their freedom from enslavement affected the lives of Dred, his wife, Harriet, and their daughters, Eliza and Lizzie. Read more »

18, March 2010

Census and Sensibility

This week many of us received the 2010 federal census form in the mail. While I was happy that it took only a few minutes to complete the form, as a genealogist I was disappointed that it asked so few questions. Future genealogists will surely find the 2010 census disappointing compared to some earlier enumerations.

In the early years, beginning with the first federal census in 1790, enumerators recorded the head of each household by name. Read more »

17, March 2010

Canstruction: How Can They Do That?

I’ve heard about Canstruction but have never seen it, so I’m really excited it’s coming to the History Museum next week. It’s a competition in which teams, usually of architects or engineers, make art out of cans of food. Read more »

17, March 2010

Fighting the Good Fight—The Fenian Brotherhood

Looking at the calendar on March 17, many of us make a mental note to wear green in honor of St. Patrick. However, history remembers many more Irish heroes. In the mid-19th century (around 1858), the Fenian Brotherhood was formed in the United States by Irish immigrants to help liberate Ireland from British rule. The Fenians, as members were known, launched several raids into Canada (then British North America) from 1866 to 1871. Read more »

13, March 2010

The Census Tour Is Coming

It’s 2010 and time again for the U.S. Census. You’ve probably received your form in the mail by now. If you’re not sure what to do with it, or if you’re just putting it off, the Census Bureau wants to let you know that it’s a piece of cake. Read more »

12, March 2010

Women Airforce Service Pilots Alight on Capitol Hill

On March 10, 2010, approximately 200 women pilots were honored on Capitol Hill with the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian honor (along with the Presidential Medal of Freedom) given by Congress.

Nearly 70 years after the war, these women, among the surviving members of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP), are being recognized for their service during World War II. During the war, the women, under direction of the U.S. Read more »