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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.