Missouri History Museum

St. Louis on the Air
5:43 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

How Can St. Louis' Zoo-Museum District Institutions Raise More Money? Charge Admission?

The St. Louis Zoo
(Via Flikr/Derringsdo)

Commissioners of the Zoo-Museum District, on September 30, voted to raise the property tax rate that funds five St. Louis cultural institutions to the highest level permitted by state law.  Those institutions are the St. Louis Zoo, the Missouri Botanical Garden, Saint Louis Art Museum, St. Louis Science Center and Missouri History Museum.

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Zoo-Museum District
5:14 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Support Grows For Charging Some To Enter Zoo-Museum District Attractions

A member of the Zoo-Museum District says he now believes some visitors should have to pay to get into attractions like the St. Louis Science Center.
(St. Louis Science Center)

At least one member of the public board that oversees the five cultural institutions in the Zoo-Museum District in St. Louis says it's time to think about charging some visitors to enter the St. Louis Zoo, Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis Science Center, St. Louis Art Museum and the Missouri History Museum.

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St. Louis on the Air
3:50 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Thomas Jefferson: Founding Father, Champion Of Liberty & Owner Of Slaves

Thomas Jefferson by Rembrandt Peale, 1805
(Courtesy Collection of The New-York Historical Society)

As the author of the Declaration of Independence and the third president of the United States, Thomas Jefferson is seen as a champion of liberty. Yet during his lifetime he owned more than 600 slaves and at the time of his death, more than 130 slaves were sold to pay off his debts.

An exhibit currently on display at the Missouri History Museum elaborates on this paradox.

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St. Louis on the Air
4:24 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

250th Anniversary Of St. Louis Inspires Museum Exhibit '250 in 250'

James Eads, self-taught engineer and constructor of the first bridge to span the Mississippi River. One of the 50 people in the 250 in 250 Exhibit.
(Courtesy Missouri History Museum Collections)

In recognition of the 250th anniversary of St. Louis, the Missouri History Museum is compiling an exhibit called "250 in 250," highlighting 50 people, 50 places, 50 images, 50 moments and 50 objects.

"I suppose the easiest thing for us to do would have been to do an exhibit on the city's founding," said Jody Sowell, director of exhibitions and research at the Missouri History Museum. "But we really wanted to come up with something that would cover that whole span of time, and really show the richness, diversity and complexity of that history."

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Cityscape
3:21 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

St. Louis Photographer Puts A Face To The Problem of Homelessness Among Veterans

Jerry Tovo (Courtesy Missouri History Museum)

 During the Vietnam War, Jerry Tovo was a drill sergeant, training soldiers to go to war. After he left the military, Tovo became a professional photographer, specializing in advertising. But in 2011, he took his photography in a less commercial direction--photographing homeless veterans across the country.

Tovo's motivation for the project originated with an understanding of the problems that can lead to homelessness  among veterans.

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Cityscape
6:52 am
Sat June 22, 2013

Remembering Bayard Rustin, An Unsung Civil Rights Activist

Bayard Rustin

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.  In remembering that historic event, the first name that comes to mind to most people is Reverend Martin Luther King and his I Have a Dream Speech.  But few know that the person responsible for a large part of the organization of that march and also for motivating King to his non violent method of activism was another civil rights activist, Bayard Rustin.

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St. Louis on the Air
2:26 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Moving Forward At The Missouri History Museum

Missouri History Museum
file photo

Bob Cox, a former senior vice president of St. Louis-based technology company Emerson, was hired last week to be the temporary leader of the Missouri History Museum.

The tax payer funded institution has been mired in controversy since the Museum overpaid for land, a sale which involved ex-Mayor Freeman Bosley Jr.  Bosley had recently stepped down from the Museum’s board of trustees.

Longtime Missouri History Museum President Bob Archibald resigned in December 2012.

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Missouri History Museum
10:55 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Former Emerson Executive Named Interim President Of History Museum

Former Emerson exexutive Bob Cox has been named the interim president of the Missouri History Museum.
(via Wikimedia Commons)

A former senior vice president of St. Louis-based technology company Emerson has been tapped as the temporary leader of the Missouri History Museum post.

Bob Cox will serve as a part-time consultant to the museum until December 31, though the contract can be terminated early if a full-time president is found before then. Cox will receive $85 an hour for his work, but is not eligible for health care or other benefits.

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Missouri History Museum
4:32 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Despite Criticism, Mo. History Museum Will Get Full $10 Million Of Public Funds

Critics have failed in an initital effort to cut the tax rate for the Missouri History Museum.
Credit (via Flickr/Reading Tom)

Critics of the Missouri History Museum have failed in an initial attempt to cut the amount of taxpayer money that goes to the institution.

The publicly-appointed board that oversees the five institutions in the Zoo-Museum District voted today to keep the museum's rate at about four cents per every $100 in property value, which generates about $10 million from the city and county combined. 

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Missouri History Museum
5:47 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

St. Louis Board Of Aldermen Joins Investigation Of Missouri History Museum

The Missouri History Museum.
(via Wikimedia Commons)

The St. Louis Board of Alderman is weighing into the ongoing debate over alleged misuse of taxpayer funds at the Missouri History Museum.

The BOA hopes to use its bully pulpit as leverage to improve transparency at the museum.

Members of the History Museum’s Board of Trustees, as well as its subdistrict commissioners were brought in to testify before the Board of Aldermen on issues ranging from, questionable land purchases, to compensation for former museum president Bob Archibald, to its use of taxpayer funds.

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