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8, February 2010

Charles Deas and 1840s America

by Carol Clark (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, in cooperation with the Denver Art Museum, October 2009)

Reviewed by Jeffrey Smith, Professor of History, Lindenwood University, St. Charles, Missouri

This must have been a difficult book to write. Read more »

8, February 2010

Archives—No Wrong Answers in Love

Long before single people began searching for their love match through online dating services, data research companies existed to help the lovelorn weed through the masses. In particular, in the late 1960s, two companies in St. Louis—Data-Mate, Inc. and Computer Data Research Corporation—developed personality questionnaires to assist in locating "ideal" matches.

For $5, a man or woman would complete the Computer Data Research Group questionnaire, send it in, and then wait anxiously for the postman to deliver the important envelope containing a customized list of matches. Read more »

28, January 2010

A Brief History of...7Up in a Down Economy

Two weeks before the stock market crash of 1929, a St. Louis ad man named Charles L. Grigg introduced a new beverage with a not-so-catchy name: “Bib-Label Lithiated Lemon-Lime Soda.” “Bib-label” referred to the use of paper labels resembling bibs that would be placed over the tops of unlabeled bottles, and “lithiated” advertised the ingredient lithium citrate, a mood-enhancing drug. Read more »

20, January 2010

St. Louis Students Win Essay Contest on Health Care

On December 10, 2009, the Missouri History Museum hosted a forum on public health care. A panel of experts, including Rep. Tishaura Jones, Amy Smoucha (Jobs with Justice) and Myrna Fichtenbaum, addressed such issues as racial disparities in health care, income levels’ effect on health care, and the natural right to health care, which is included in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The program also recognized winning essays by Metro St. Louis–area students in the thirteenth annual Human Rights Essay Contest, sponsored by the St. Louis Coalition for Human Rights. Read more »

13, January 2010

From the Collections—Hand-crafted Brew Kettle, ca. 1840

One of St. Louis’s early beer brewers, J. Adam Lemp was the first to produce lager west of Philadelphia. In 1840, he established the Western Brewery at 37 South Second Street, between Walnut and Elm. Read more »

1, January 2010

Katherine Dunham's Haiti

In February 1992, Katherine Dunham—humanist, activist, anthropologist, dancer, and innovative teacher—was 82 years old. The year before, following a government coup, thousands of Haitians had attempted a perilous three-day, 600-mile crossing to the United States, only to be turned back or interned.  It was this treatment of the Haitian people that spurred Miss Dunham to undertake a hunger strike that would last 47 days and end only after personal pleas from ousted Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. Read more »

27, December 2009

In Print—St. Louis from Village to Metropolis

St. Louis from Village to Metropolis: Essays from the Missouri Historical Review, 1906–2006, edited and with an introduction by Louis S. Gerteis (Columbia: The State Historical Society of Missouri, 2009)

Reviewed by Emily Troxell Jaycox
Librarian, Missouri History Museum
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13, December 2009

From the Collections—Civil War Flag Conservation

The museum has recently undertaken a major conservation effort on several Civil War flags. Take a look at some of the dramatic changes seen to just one-- the Confederate First National 8-star flag of the 1st Missouri Infantry.

Regiments were required to bear two flags--regimental colors and a national flag. This flag was reputedly flown by the 1st Missouri Infantry, a unit that fought in the Vicksburg and Atlanta campaigns and sustained heavy losses during the war. Read more »