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20, September 2016

What Waits Along Route 66

In November 2016 the Missouri History Museum will release a feature-length documentary titled Show Me 66: Main Street Through Missouri. Equal parts travelogue and historical narrative, the film will explore the sights and landscapes found along Route 66. Read more »

17, September 2016

5 Tragic Turns in St. Louis History—Part 1

Like any community, the St. Louis region has had its share of heartache over the years. Here's a look at some of the tragic moments in St. Louis history from the frontier days through the Civil War period. Read more »

16, September 2016

St. Louis Is Full of Hot Air

St. Louisans' love for events such as the Great Forest Park Balloon Race is nothing new! Did you know St. Louis once boasted its own balloon manufacturers, hosted international balloon races, and served as a center for learning and innovation in lighter-than-air travel during the 1904 World's Fair?

To get your fill of hot air with some historic images from our collection, just click through the gallery below! Read more »

12, September 2016

How Charles Clement Holt Captured STL

Following is an excerpt from our newest book, Capturing the City: Photographs from the Streets of St. Louis, 1900–1930, written by Joseph Heathcott and Angela Dietz. You can pick up a copy online or in the Museum Shop. You can also view a selection of these images in the accompanying exhibit in the Museum's Atrium.
9, September 2016

Welcome Back, Motel St. Louis!

The Motel St. Louis—or at least its sign—is back home. Fifty years after being removed from its location on Route 66 near Lambert Airport, the motel sign has returned to St. Louis for the exhibit Route 66: Main Street Through St. Louis, open through July 16, 2017. Read more »

6, September 2016

Celebrating 25 Years of MHM Press

If you’ve ever read a Missouri History Museum Press book, you can thank Mary Plant Faust, a local philanthropist and the widow of Leicester Busch Faust (grandson of brewer Adolphus Busch and restaurateur Tony Faust). Back in the mid-1980s, Faust came to the Missouri Historical Society with an idea: Someone should create an illustrated history of St. Louis that could serve as a more accessible counterpart to historian James Neal Primm’s rather scholarly Lion of the Valley, published in 1981. Read more »

2, September 2016

Panoramic Perspectives: St. Louis by Sievers

If you’ve traveled through Terminal 2 at Lambert–St. Louis International Airport recently, you may have noticed that a little bit of the Missouri History Museum was there to welcome you home. Back in April, the Museum, in conjunction with Lambert Airport and the International Photography Hall of Fame, opened St. Read more »

29, August 2016

This Is Your Life

Soon after I started volunteering as a gallery attendant at the Missouri History Museum this past January, I learned that the Museum was looking for former St. Louis broadcasters to help the moving images and sound lab catalog 75 years’ worth of audio recordings, film, and videotape that had been donated mostly by local radio and TV stations. After spending the majority of my television career here, I was happy to volunteer, especially to archive material from my longtime employer, KMOX/KMOV-TV. Read more »

25, August 2016

What We Wore on the Mother Road

Although Route 66—the historic highway that connected Los Angeles to Chicago—was officially decommissioned in 1985, it’s very much alive in the hearts of motorcyclists to this day. It’s now common to see jeans, T-shirts, leather vests, and jackets whizzing by on the old 2,400-mile-long road as travelers check off the ultimate box on their bucket lists. But what did past generations sport on the Mother Road? Read more »