Missouri History Museum

Zoo-Museum District
5:13 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Report Critical Of ZMD Adopted By St. Louis Aldermanic Committee, Debated By ZMD

At the Jan. 23 Zoo Museum District board meeting, from left: Thelma Cook, Charles Valier and Robert Lowery.
Credit Nancy Fowler | St. Louis Public Radio and the Beacon

A report sharply criticizing St. Louis’ Zoo-Museum District (ZMD) was adopted by the parks committee of the city’s board of aldermen Thursday.

Alderman Joe Roddy, parks committee chair, released a draft of the report this week following a year of investigation.

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Missouri History Museum
9:28 am
Wed January 22, 2014

New Missouri History Museum Head Lauded But Report Adds To Criticism Of Institution

Frances Levine talks with St. Louis Public Radio and the Beacon on Monday.
Credit From video by Nancy Fowler

A solid round of applause welcomed Frances Levine as she entered the meeting that finalized her presidency of the Missouri History Museum on Tuesday. Shortly afterward, she also received kudos from her home in Santa Fe, where she’s been director of the New Mexico History Museum for more than 10 years.

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Timeline
10:18 am
Tue January 21, 2014

Missouri History Museum's History

The History Museum was the first moment to Thomas Jefferson.
Credit Chris Yunker | Creative Commons

1866 -Missouri Historical Society created. The private organization was started to save “from oblivion the early history of the city and the state.

1913 - Jefferson Memorial Building dedicated. It was built at the site of the main entrance to the 1904 World’s Fair with proceeds from that event.

1988 - Missouri History Museum joins the tax-supported Metropolitan Zoological Park and Museum District (1987 election). It retains its own board for day-to-day operations and a subdistrict board is added to oversee tax money.

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Missouri History Museum
10:18 am
Tue January 21, 2014

Exclusive Interview: Frances Levine Will Head Missouri History Museum

Frances Levine
Credit Blair Clark | Museum of New Mexico

The Missouri History Museum has named Frances Levine, director of the New Mexico History Museum, as as its new president and CEO.

Levine, 63, will become not only the first woman to lead the museum but the first woman to head any institution of the St. Louis Zoo-Museum District. Her contract was approved this morning in a meeting of the museum's board of trustees and members of the ZMD museum subdistrict.

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Zoo Museum District
5:37 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Decision Close On New Missouri History Museum Head

Credit (via Wikimedia Commons)

Update 1:05 p.m.

The Missouri History Museum has chosen a finalist to become its president. In a meeting this morning, the board of trustees and commissioners of the Zoo-Museum subdistrict approved a candidate recommended by a committee. The finalist's name has not been released.

The next step is contract negotiations. The talks will take place among the candidate, board chair John Roberts and commission chair Romondous Stover.

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Missouri History Museum
6:29 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Missouri History Museum Cleared Of Wrongdoing By Circuit Attorney's Office

Missouri History Museum
Credit Wikipedia

A report released this afternoon by St. Louis city prosecutor Jennifer Joyce has cleared the Missouri History Museum of all allegations of criminal activity. But the report also scolded the museum for questionable behaviors.

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Missouri History Museum
8:37 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

History Museum Down To Two Candidates For President, January Decision Possible

John Roberts
Credit Provided by Missouri History Museum

The Missouri History Museum could name a new president early next month after narrowing the field of Bob Archibald's possible successors to two candidates.

In a Monday meeting of the board of trustees, board chairman John Roberts announced that the museum plans to bring each candidate to St. Louis just after the new year. The week of Jan. 6 is under consideration if the prospects are available. No further information about the candidates was revealed.

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stl250
4:34 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

New Details Announced For St. Louis' 250th Birthday Celebration

Mayor Francis Slay (left) stands with Tom and Carol Voss, co-chairs of stl250, and Erin Budde, (center right) stl250 Executive Director.
(Kate Essig/St. Louis Public Radio)

St. Louis turns 250 in 2014, and to celebrate, stl250 has planned an entire year of birthday celebrations. On Monday, the volunteer led non-profit announced the final plans for its signature events. 

The birthday celebration begins on New Years Eve at Grand Center's First Night, where attendees can celebrate by making birthday hats, recording birthday wishes and decorating cupcakes.

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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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