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5:47 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

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

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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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Cityscape
12:59 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

New Perspective On Black Men Seen In Exhibit At Missouri History Museum

Visitors to the "Question Bridge" exhibit observe the unscripted video dialogue between the subjects. The exhibit will be on view until April 20.
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Every day it is a natural inclination for humans to have a question and seek an answer for it.

Some questions might come across as trivial and silly, and others may dig deeper into one’s life and purpose. And some may help to unify and unfurl decades of preconceived notions.

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Cityscape
3:47 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Being Gay And Muslim: Worldwide Film Festival Exploring African Issues Debuts In St. Louis

Image still from the documentary "I Am Gay and Muslim." It will screen Sunday at the Missouri History Museum as part of the Africa World Documentary Film Festival.
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Six years ago, the annual Africa World Documentary Film Festival debuted in St. Louis.

The festival is back at the Missouri History Museum and runs through Sunday, March 3rd.  The three-day event features documentaries from filmmakers all over the world that are focused on social culture, sexual identity, mental disabilities, and more.

After showing in St. Louis, the films will travel to nine other venues across three continents.

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Arts & Culture
3:33 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Report Finds No Evidence Of Document Shredding At Missouri History Museum

Missouri History Museum
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An investigation of the Missouri History Museum released on Wednesday found no evidence of document shredding.

Former U.S. Attorney Edward Dowd, of the St. Louis law firm Dowd-Bennett, was contracted by the history museum to investigate claims that museum staff destroyed documents following a $566,000 payout to former Museum President Bob Archibald, for unused vacation.

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Arts & Culture
6:12 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Appraisals Show History Museum Drastically Overpaid For Property

Missouri History Museum
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An appraisal released on Tuesday shows that the Missouri History Museum paid ex-Mayor Freeman Bosley Jr. over three times market rate for property Bosley sold the museum in 2006.

The sale which was only recently discovered was the catalyst behind a series of events which led to the resignation of Museum President Bob Archibald.

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History Museum
7:50 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Circuit Attorney Will Look Into Issues At History Museum

Circuit attorney Jennifer Joyce has agreed to review concerns raised about governance at the Missouri History Museum.
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Updated at 8:00 p.m. with statement from Missouri History Museum.

The prosecutor in the city of St. Louis will look into some of the governance and oversight issues plaguing the Missouri History Museum.

"Upon request, we have agreed to review concerns brought to the St. Louis Board of Aldermen in connection with the Missouri History Museum. At this point, it would be inappropriate to discuss this matter further," Jennifer Joyce said in an written statement. 

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Arts & Culture
4:54 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

Archibald Steps Down From History Museum, Receives Large Payout Of Cash

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While Robert Archibald is stepping down as president of the Missouri History Museum, he will be getting a financial payout of close to a million dollars.

The museum’s board of trustees accepted Archibald’s resignation on Friday.

Despite the circumstances of his departure, Archibald himself will still be receiving a payout of $566,000 for unused vacation, plus $270,000 for a six-month consult contract.  All told, $836,000, as he walks out the door.

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History Museum
1:43 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Archibald Resigns As History Museum President

The president of the Missouri History Museum, Bob Archibald, has resigned amid controversy over his compensation and museum governance.
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Updated at 4:45 with comments from ZMD board member Gloria Wessels.

Updated with comments from Zoo-Museum District board member Jerome Glick, and to correct Archibald's tenure at the museum.

The president of the Missouri History Museum in Forest Park has resigned.

A spokesman for the museum confirmed that Robert Archibald submitted his resignation to the chair of the museum's Board of Trustees today. The spokesman, Everett Dietle, did not have any additional information. The board will meet Friday morning at the museum.

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History Musuem
5:38 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Aldermen To Wade Into History Museum Dispute

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It appears as though a couple of members of one of the oversight boards for the Missouri History Museum are getting their wish. The Board of Aldermen appears poised to jump into the fray over the way the museum is being run.

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Politics
6:29 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

ZMD Will Not Take Further Action Against Missouri History Museum

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Several months of scrutiny into the management of the Missouri History Museum has resulted in little change.  The commissioners of the St. Louis Zoo-Museum District have voted not to accept an audit committee report calling for tougher governance of the museum.

A vote to accept an audit committee report resulted in a 4-4 tie, meaning the motion failed.

The museum has been at the center of a months-long controversy involving a cozy relationship between embattled Museum President Bob Archibald and his board of trustees.

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