Zoo-Museum District

Saint Louis Art Museum
12:34 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

ZMD Board Members: St. Louis Art Museum Audit Reveals ‘Well-Run Institution'

Credit File photo | Rachel Heidenry | St. Louis Beacon

A draft of an audit of the St. Louis Art Museum has turned up no significant issues at that institution, according to board members of the Zoo-Museum District.

Previous audits ordered by the ZMD — for the Science Center and the Missouri History Museum — revealed information that led to shakeups in leadership and changes in governance.

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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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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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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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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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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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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.
Credit (via Flickr/Reading Tom)

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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