Missouri History Museum

Missouri History Museum
4:56 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

Leaders Ask Former Sen. Danforth To Enter Fray Over History Museum

A group of five elected and civic leaders are asking Sen. John Danforth to negotiate a new oversight contract for the Missouri History Museum.
(via Flickr/Reading Tom)

Updated 3:55 p.m. October 18

Sen. John Danforth has accepted his role as negotiator.

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Kirkwood Roots
6:37 am
Mon January 16, 2012

Missouri History Museum exhibit traces early history of African American community in Kirkwood

The exhibit "Kirkwood Roots" on display at the Missouri History Museum traces the early history of the African American community in Kirkwood from before the Civil War to after World War II.
Courtesy of Auvelia Arnold

An exhibit now on display at the Missouri History Museum takes a look at the early history of the African American community in Kirkwood.

St. Louis Public Radio’s Julie Bierach spoke with Curator David Lobbig about the multimedia project that traces the first settlement before the Civil War to suburban development after World War II.

When you and your colleagues came up with the idea for “Kirkwood Roots,” what did you envision?

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Missouri & The Civil War
6:35 am
Fri November 11, 2011

Bringing the Civil War in Missouri to life

Six-year-old Jimmie Johnston served as a Union “powder monkey” on a gunboat during the Civil War.
(The Midland Montly Magazine, 1865)

The Missouri History Museum is opening a new exhibit Saturday called “The Civil War in Missouri.”

There’s a lot of ground to cover in a state that was bitterly divided by the war and saw more than 1,200 battles and skirmishes.

But the museum, founded just one year after the Civil War ended, has a treasure trove of artifacts from the era that bring the conflict to life.

St. Louis Public Radio’s Maria Altman got a sneak peak.

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Tillie's Corner
6:35 am
Tue November 1, 2011

Tillie's Corner: a St. Louis neighborhood institution revisited and reimagined

Lillie Pearson, age 33, at Tillie’s Food Shop in 1948.
(provided by Carla Alexander)

On the corner of Garrison and Sheridan in St. Louis stands a vacant building that for decades housed a thriving African American business. Its owner is remembered as an entrepreneur and informal activist during the civil rights movement. But now, the building is crumbling.

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from St. Louis on the Air
4:32 pm
Mon April 4, 2011

New documentary sheds light on the story of Pruitt-Igoe

Partially demolished Pruitt-Igoe (Daniel Magidson)

The Pruitt-Igoe public housing project in St. Louis was once considered the template for post-war public housing, a national model.  For awhile it was—until it wasn’t.  The high rise complex was constructed in 1954.  Two decades later, and by then notorious, Pruitt-Igoe was a pile of rubble, imploded and bulldozed into history. What went wrong and why?  That’s the subject of a new documentary film called The Pruitt-Igoe Myth: an Urban History.   Directed by Chad Freidrichs, the film will have its St. Louis premiere this Saturday at the Missouri History Museum.

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Civil War Web site
2:45 pm
Mon March 14, 2011

Website to guide area Civil War travelers

The broken sword of Lt. Col. John Knapp will be part of a Missouri History Museum exhibit on the Civil War.
(Missouri History Museum)

Civil War buffs who want to make St. Louis a part of their itinerary during the sesquicentennial of the war have a new website to help them plan their trip.

The Missouri History Museum and the St. Louis Conventions and Visitors Commission unveiled the Freedom's Gateway Web site today.

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