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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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St. Louis on the Air
5:23 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Discussion: Mo. History Museum's New Leader Says Transparency Has Improved, Charts New Course

Credit From video by Nancy Fowler

Two months into her role as president of the Missouri History Museum, Frances Levine is making her presence known as she works to move past the controversy surrounding her predecessor.

Former museum president Robert Archibald resigned in 2012 amid questions about his compensation and the purchase of contaminated land on Delmar Boulevard.

Levine spoke with St. Louis on the Air host Don Marsh about the future of the museum.

Museum Governance and Transparency

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St. Louis on the Air
5:06 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Prohibition Era St. Louis, From Dance To Drink

A group of drinkers from the American Spirits Exhibit.
Courtesy Missouri History Museum

From 1920 until 1933, it was illegal to manufacture, transport and sell alcohol in the United States. In response, an underground culture of speakeasies and bootleggers sprang up, where covert groups met in unmarked locations to drink homemade gin, listened to jazz and danced the Charleston.

In St. Louis, those looking for a drink met in cellars and caves, said Tracy Lauer, an archivist at Anheuser-Busch.  Saloons and taverns shut down across the city, many to never reopen.

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Local History
5:17 am
Wed May 7, 2014

These Historical Photos Show How Much St. Louis Has Changed

1909: Balloons being inflated for the St. Louis Centennial balloon race, the signature event of a week-long celebration that marked the 100th year of the city's incorporation.
Oscar C. Kuehn / Missouri History Museum

To mark the 100th anniversary of St. Louis’ incorporation as a city, an imposing array of “gasbags” assembled at the edge of Forest Park in 1909 for the St. Louis Centennial balloon race.

(A bunch of politicians were there, too.)

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Caring For Artifacts
7:52 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Missouri History Museum Moves Forward In Project To Inventory Soldiers Memorial Collection

Volunteers have worked on the outside of Soldiers Memorial. Now it's time for the collection to get help.
Credit St. Louis Beacon file photo

The Missouri History Museum is one step closer to working with the historical collection of Soldiers Memorial Military Museum.

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Cityscape
12:13 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Missouri History Museum And Ste. Genevieve Offer Views Of French Colonial St. Louis

St. Louis scene by Anna Maria von Phul, circa 1818.
Courtesy Missouri History Museum

Last month, St. Louis Public Radio reported on the discovery of the first physical evidence of the French Colonial settlers in St. Louis at the Poplar Street Bridge. In response, the Missouri History Museum wrote a post on its History Happens Here blog about works in their collection that demonstrate life in French Colonial St. Louis. The historic town of Ste. Genevieve, Mo.

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