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20, April 2010

Of Canaries and Coal Mines

Almost 165 years ago, my great-great-great-grandfather's home was located precisely where the Flight Cage (aviary) in the Saint Louis Zoo is today. Read more »

20, April 2010

Army Life

Army Life: From a Soldier’s Journal—Incidents, Sketches and Record of a Union Soldier’s Army Life, in Camp and Field, 1861–1864, by Albert O. Marshall. Edited and annotated by Robert G. Schultz (Fayetteville: University of Arkansas Press, 2009).

Reviewed by William C. Winter

Albert O. Read more »

16, April 2010

Strong German Influence on Display in St. Louis

St. Louis is a multicultural city, and the Missouri History Museum likes to celebrate that diversity by highlighting the stories of each culture that comprises our city. In May and June, the display cases at the Museum’s Library will center on German immigration to Missouri, including some of the social customs that were introduced to the region as a result.

The Niedringhaus family arrived in St. Louis in the 1850s and soon after found a niche in business with the manufacture of granite ironware. Read more »

14, April 2010

A Brief History of...Bagnell Dam

Most St. Louisans probably don’t know that Lake of the Ozarks, where they head for summertime fun, is the source of their electricity. Bagnell Dam was constructed to impound water from the Osage River to produce electric power for St. Louis and other parts of Missouri. The resulting lake is now a major tourist attraction in the middle of the state. Its shoreline is even longer than the Pacific coastline of California, measuring 1,100 miles. In the article “Seeing the Lake from End to End” in the November 1932 issue of Union Electric Magazine , G. V. Read more »

14, April 2010

A Village Called Versailles

As part of its Community Cinema series, the Missouri History Museum is pleased to announce the upcoming screening of A Village Called Versailles at 7 p.m. on April 19, 2010, in the Lee Auditorium. Click here for more details. "Versailles" refers to Versailles Arms Apartment, a New Orleans East housing project that is home to the most ethnically dense Vietnamese population outside Vietnam. Read more »

9, April 2010

Feel Inspired?

As an intern in the Exhibitions and Research department, one of the many tasks I enjoy is collecting, reading, and cataloging visitors' comments within the exhibits. The Katherine Dunham: Beyond the Dance exhibit opened on November 2, 2008, and throughout its run at the Missouri History Museum I read the responses found in the Living Memory section of the exhibit. I was surprised at the variety of ways visitors found to express themselves in response to the prompt: "Feel inspired? Read more »

7, April 2010

Canstruction Awards Announced!

During the second half of March, the wild and wacky St. Louis Canstruction project was on display at the History Museum. Although we’re sad to see the exhibit come down, the Harvey Kornblum Jewish Food Pantry and the St. Read more »

6, April 2010

The Battle of Shiloh: “Language Is Inadequate”

One of the Civil War’s bloodiest battles took place 148 years ago on April 6 and 7, 1862. Major General U. S. Grant’s forces had gathered at Pittsburgh Landing, aka Shiloh, Tennessee, and were surprised by General A. S. Johnston’s Confederate attack on April 6. Read more »

2, April 2010

Play Ball!

In 1911, most well-to-do ladies did not follow sports teams or run businesses, but Helene Britton did both. That year, when she inherited ownership of the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team from her uncle, Stanley Robison, many assumed the 32-year-old mother of two would sell the team or transfer ownership to her husband. Instead, she moved her family to St. Louis from their home in Cleveland to embrace her role as the first woman to own a major league baseball team.

Britton grew up in Ohio in a baseball family. Read more »

31, March 2010

Missal Bifolium, ca. 1450–1470

This artifact is an amazing, unique piece of the Missouri History Museum's collections—a 15th-century Italian illuminated manuscript. How did it come to be in St. Louis in the 21st century? It was collected by philanthropist and Missouri History Museum president (1907–1913, 1925–1930) William K. Read more »