Missouri History Museum

St. Louis on the Air
1:24 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

Family History TV Show Turns Up Surprise For St. Louis Woman

Evelynn Johnson, second from left, and her family meet with genealogist Kenyatta Berry, second from right, at Union Station in St. Louis during filming for PBS' 'Genealogy Roadshow.' Johnson's story will be shared in the show's Feb. 10 episode.
Credit Courtesy of Jason Winkeler / PBS

When PBS’ “Genealogy Roadshow” asked for queries from St. Louis residents last year, Evelynn Johnson gave them her great-grandfather's name.

“I was asking my mom if were kin to another family that shared our last name,” Johnson told “St. Louis on the Air” host Don Marsh on Thursday. “She said ‘Well, this is your great-grandfather’s name. See if they know him.’”

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St. Louis on the Air
1:32 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Reliving The Heydays Of Famous-Barr

'Famous-Barr: St. Louis Shopping at its Finest' by Edna Campos Gravenhorst

For almost 100 years, Famous-Barr was a St. Louis shopping destination. Its holiday window displays in particular drew shoppers from throughout the St. Louis area to Famous-Barr’s downtown location. Many of those displays, and other well-known Famous-Barr events, were directed by Helen Weiss, the store’s public relations maven.

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St. Louis on the Air
1:33 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

German Immigrants Set Out To Build A Utopia in Missouri

In 1833, two men from Giessen, Germany, decided to immigrate to the United States where they hoped to create their own utopia with the freedoms and democracy they desired but did not have under an aristocracy. They recruited hundreds of others and formed the Giessen Emigration Society.

“It was the year 1834 when 500 Germans came over here to Missouri with the big idea of creating a German state as a new state within the United States of America,” Peter Roloff told “St. Louis on the Air” host Don Marsh on Tuesday.

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St. Louis on the Air
2:40 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

White House Honors History Museum's Teen Program

The 13 Teens Make History Players spent their summer performing at the Missouri History Museum.
Parth Shah | St. Louis Public Radio

The Missouri History Museum's Teens Make History program was honored today with a National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award.

Part of the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities, the National Arts award recognizes creative youth development programs that engage students in the arts and humanities. Teens Make History is one of 12 after-school programs being honored.

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Local History
10:32 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Louisiana Purchase Treaty Makes Rare Appearance At History Museum Exhibit

Map by T. Stackhouse, publisher 1783, prior to Louisiana Purchase.
Credit Courtesy of the Missouri History Museum

The Louisiana Purchase is much more complicated than most history textbooks portray.

That’s the message behind the Missouri History Museum’s new exhibition “The Louisiana Purchase: Making St. Louis, Remaking America.” Adam Kloppe, 30, is a writing and research fellow at the museum and took the lead in determining the content for the exhibit. He said the story of the Louisiana Purchase is a one of many doubts and tough decisions.

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St. Louis on the Air
2:51 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Author Discusses Race In America Following Death of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown

"Suspicion Nation" by Lisa Bloom

A few months after the jury announced George Zimmerman was not guilty in the Florida shooting death of Trayvon Martin, NBC News legal analyst Lisa Bloom published a book examining the case, “Suspicion Nation: The Inside Story of the Trayvon Martin Injustice and Why We Continue to Repeat It.”

In “Suspicion Nation,” Bloom looks at what happened behind the scenes and why similar shootings continue to take place, including the August death of Michael Brown in Ferguson.

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Project Goes Public
11:09 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Collaboration Expands LGBT Collection At The Missouri History Museum

A box full of LGBT periodicals is just part of what has been collected by the St. Louis LGBT history project.
Emanuele Berry | St. Louis Public Radio

Nearly 40 years ago, Brian Hyland’s song "Gypsy Woman" played on a Jukebox and former St. Louis resident Lee Maynard found his name for performing in drag: Gypsy Lee. It was the first song that came on and someone said that was a great name. Maynard agreed.

When Maynard performed as Gypsy Lee around St. Louis in the 1970s, his standby song was Cher’s "Half-Breed." It’s a song that matched his elaborate costume.

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St. Louis on the Air
5:20 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Civil Rights Advocate Says It’s Time For A New Brown Strategy

Sherrilyn Ifill participates in the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington in Washington, D.C., in 2013.
Credit afagen via Flickr

Sherrilyn Ifill, president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, had planned to discuss the 60th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education decision during her trip to St. Louis. That changed after Michael Brown was shot and killed in Ferguson.

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Missouri History Museum
3:16 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Teens Tackle Gangs, Violence In A Play They Wrote And Produced

Romiyus Gause, right, plays troubled teenager Bobby in the play written by teens at the Missouri History Museum.
Credit Parth Shah | St. Louis Public Radio intern

Updated with St. Louis on the Air interview.

The "Teens Make History" Players and are getting paid to act — but first they have to work through very serious issues and distill their findings into a play. Since 2007, this work-based program of the Missouri History Museum, brings together students to research, design and mount exhibits at the museum or to bring St. Louis history to life through their plays.

“It feels like I’m on Broadway,” said Romiyus Gause, who has been with the program for six years.

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Help To Soldiers Memorial
6:30 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

History Museum’s Delmar Property To Support Loop Trolley

The Missouri History Museum will lease a once controversial piece of property to the Loop trolley district.
Credit (Missouri History Museum)

The Missouri History Museum’s long-vacant Delmar Boulevard property — whose purchase contributed to the departure of former Missouri History Museum head Robert Archibald — will finally be put to use.

The Museum’s board of trustees has granted a license to use the land at 5863 Delmar to St. Louis’ Loop Trolley Development District.

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