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Description of Pictures: Seeking St. Louis: Currents and Reflections
Exhibit Dates: Continuing Exhibit
Delve into the history of the Gateway City from its founding through the new millennium with the twin galleries that make up Seeking St. Louis.
In Currents, trace the lives of the fur traders and explorers, immigrants and factory workers, soldiers and citizens who played a role in St. Louis’s development. Spanning nearly 200 years, this interactive gallery takes visitors on a journey from early settlement through the Civil War and its aftermath. Experience the city’s disasters and triumphs, from terrible fires and a cholera outbreak to the end of slavery and the growth of local businesses.
In Reflections, witness the cultural and technological changes that reshaped St. Louis into a complex metropolitan region. Check out sports memorabilia from the Cardinals, Blues, Rams, and Browns, then play a game of washers while learning about neighborhood parks. Celebrate the music of legends with a local connection, such as Scott Joplin and Chuck Berry, and read the work of St. Louis writers, including T. S. Eliot and Kate Chopin. Take a walk through local history in the 20th century, from human rights struggles and major wars to the construction of the Gateway Arch.
Organized by the Missouri History Museum. Admission to the Missouri History Museum and this signature exhibit is free.
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MHMSE1_180918_083.JPG: Gold and Glory
In the 1840s and 1850s, gold hunters and soldiers passed through St. Louis in search of profit and conquest in the west.
MHMSE1_180918_088.JPG: Gold Seekers
MHMSE1_180918_091.JPG: Supplying the Troops
MHMSE1_180918_096.JPG: The Things They Took Along
MHMSE1_180918_099.JPG: Saying Goodbye
MHMSE1_180918_102.JPG: Provisioning Settlers
MHMSE1_180918_108.JPG: Passing Through
MHMSE1_180918_110.JPG: Timber: One Resource, Many Uses
MHMSE1_180918_116.JPG: Working the Land
As their city grew, St. Louisans continued to depend on the craftsmen and farmers whose work made the land and its resources useable.
MHMSE1_180918_118.JPG: Nettie Weber
MHMSE1_180918_123.JPG: Getting Produce to Market
MHMSE1_180918_129.JPG: Cash for Crops
MHMSE1_180918_131.JPG: How do we buy our food?
MHMSE1_180918_144.JPG: Fuel for the Boats
MHMSE1_180918_156.JPG: St. Louis on Fire, 1849
MHMSE1_180918_164.JPG: Fire! Fire!
Getting Water to the Fire
MHMSE1_180918_166.JPG: St. Louis Recognizes a Hero
MHMSE1_180918_169.JPG: The Aftermath
MHMSE1_180918_174.JPG: Laclede Fire Company, No. 10, ca 1895
Receiving the New Engine, October 1855
by Mat Hastings
MHMSE1_180918_183.JPG: Targeting Charity
MHMSE1_180918_189.JPG: The Needy
MHMSE1_180918_195.JPG: Realizing the Loss
MHMSE1_180918_207.JPG: Blown Away
This cigar-store Indian (ca. 1890) was blown several blocks from its original site at 2010 Gravois Avenue, losing its feathered headdress and its original base along the way. From Compton Heights to Lafayette Park to Soulard Market, debris littered the streets of south St. Louis for weeks.
MHMSE1_180918_275.JPG: In 1850, where would your drinking water come from?
MHMSE1_180918_281.JPG: A Struggle to Cope
MHMSE1_180918_291.JPG: The St. Louis Levee
MHMSE1_180918_301.JPG: Adam Lemp
MHMSE1_180918_307.JPG: Innovating for Success
MHMSE1_180918_310.JPG: Jacob Meyer
MHMSE1_180918_318.JPG: Shoes: Industry Replaces Craft
MHMSE1_180918_324.JPG: Powering the Factory
MHMSE1_180918_335.JPG: The Beginnings of Mass Production
MHMSE1_180918_340.JPG: Age after age thus slowly passed away, and still the Mississippi onward pours...
-- George Smoote, 1890
MHMSE1_180918_345.JPG: What's in a Name?
MHMSE1_180918_363.JPG: Who decides what land to set aside for transportation routes?
MHMSE1_180918_366.JPG: Wrought-iron drift, ca 1872
Used to line up river holes during construction of the Eads Bridge
MHMSE1_180918_376.JPG: Private Property to Public Park
MHMSE1_180918_380.JPG: Lafayette Park
MHMSE1_180918_385.JPG: In-line roller skate, ca 1850
MHMSE1_180918_392.JPG: The City/County Split
MHMSE1_180918_394.JPG: Changing Motivations
MHMSE1_180918_401.JPG: Selling Subdivisions
MHMSE1_180918_403.JPG: Private Streets
MHMSE1_180918_406.JPG: Local Boundaries
MHMSE1_180918_408.JPG: Last Sale of Slaves, 1870
by Thomas S. Noble
MHMSE1_180918_411.JPG: Last Sale of Slaves
MHMSE1_180918_422.JPG: The Exodusters
MHMSE1_180918_424.JPG: The Triumph of Liberty
MHMSE1_180918_428.JPG: George Brooks
MHMSE1_180918_431.JPG: Cross, pocket knives, eyeglasses, and pocket watch, early 1900s
belonged to George Brooks
MHMSE1_180918_434.JPG: After Slavery
MHMSE1_180918_439.JPG: Coming to Terms
MHMSE1_180918_442.JPG: "In the center of the hall was a large long table, at one end of which sat [Clark] with a sword lying before him..."
-- William C. Preston, 1833
MHMSE1_180918_445.JPG: Peace Medals
MHMSE1_180918_458.JPG: William Clark's sword, c 1815
MHMSE1_180918_464.JPG: The Council Room of William Clark
MHMSE1_180918_469.JPG: Hunting for Resources
MHMSE1_180918_474.JPG: Treaties: An Expression of Power
MHMSE1_180918_479.JPG: International Boundaries
MHMSE1_180918_482.JPG: Claiming St. Louis
MHMSE1_180918_485.JPG: Governing the Louisiana Territory
MHMSE1_180918_491.JPG: The Tools of Conquest
MHMSE1_180918_494.JPG: English flintlock musket, ca 1775
MHMSE1_180918_497.JPG: The Battle of Fort San Carlos
MHMSE1_180918_503.JPG: Tools of War
MHMSE1_180918_507.JPG: Belgian flintlock pistol, ca 1780
MHMSE1_180918_515.JPG: The Clash of Empires
MHMSE1_180918_520.JPG: The Governor
MHMSE1_180918_523.JPG: Adopting to New Ways
MHMSE1_180918_535.JPG: The Surveyor
MHMSE1_180918_537.JPG: The Tools of the Trade
MHMSE1_180918_540.JPG: How did they do that?
How did surveyors work in the field?
MHMSE1_180918_543.JPG: Henry Miller, St. Louis Voter
MHMSE1_180918_546.JPG: Fighting to Vote
MHMSE1_180918_552.JPG: Virginia Minor, Early Suffragist
MHMSE1_180918_563.JPG: National Boundaries
MHMSE1_180918_566.JPG: Choosing Sides
MHMSE1_180918_569.JPG: Camp Jackson, May 10, 1861
MHMSE1_180918_584.JPG: Then And Now
MHMSE1_180918_587.JPG: Unionists Take Camp Jackson
MHMSE1_180918_590.JPG: St. Louis at War
"A General Stampede"
MHMSE1_180918_593.JPG: Embattled City
MHMSE1_180918_596.JPG: Filling the Hours
MHMSE1_180918_601.JPG: The Cost of Treason
MHMSE1_180918_604.JPG: The Oath
MHMSE1_180918_607.JPG: The Military Prison
MHMSE1_180918_610.JPG: Gratiot Street Prison key, c 1864
MHMSE1_180918_612.JPG: Then and Now
MHMSE1_180918_616.JPG: An Ordinance Abolishing Slavery in Missouri, 1865
MHMSE1_180918_624.JPG: Fighting Slavery in St. Louis
MHMSE1_180918_626.JPG: The Cruelty of Enslavement
MHMSE1_180918_629.JPG: The Results of War
Soldiers Killed: 620,000
Slaves Freed: 4,000,000
MHMSE1_180918_632.JPG: Dred Scott
MHMSE1_180918_637.JPG: Coming to Terms
MHMSE1_180918_658.JPG: After Slavery
MHMSE1_180918_675.JPG: Crowd gathering around table, late 19th century
by Mat Hastings
MHMSE1_180918_679.JPG: Mat Hastings
MHMSE1_180918_689.JPG: The Eyes of the Beholder
MHMSE1_180918_692.JPG: What Were They Thinking?
MHMSE1_180918_709.JPG: A Life on the Frontier
MHMSE1_180918_717.JPG: Staging an Image
MHMSE1_180918_725.JPG: Carl Wimar
MHMSE1_180918_728.JPG: Starting Over In St. Louis
MHMSE1_180918_740.JPG: David Nicholson
MHMSE1_180918_750.JPG: Inventing an Image
MHMSE1_180918_753.JPG: Establishing an Identity
MHMSE1_180918_763.JPG: The Picture of Success
MHMSE1_180918_766.JPG: How so we know that?
MHMSE1_180918_771.JPG: Joseph Pulitzer, 1907
by Auguste Rodin
MHMSE1_180918_774.JPG: A Portrait Unseen
MHMSE1_180918_777.JPG: How did they do that?
MHMSE1_180918_782.JPG: Making a Legend
MHMSE1_180918_787.JPG: Col. Daniel Boon [sic], 1820
by J.O. Lewis after Chester Harding
MHMSE1_180918_790.JPG: Dressing the Part
MHMSE1_180918_793.JPG: Claiming a Place in History
MHMSE1_180918_802.JPG: Reading a Portrait
MHMSE1_180918_807.JPG: The Promise of Childhood
MHMSE1_180918_812.JPG: From Cradle to Grave
MHMSE1_180918_817.JPG: Belonging in St. Louis
MHMSE1_180918_820.JPG: Who are your people?
MHMSE1_180918_826.JPG: Keokuk's Portrait, 1847
MHMSE1_180918_834.JPG: The Great Fire in St. Louis
MHMSE1_180918_838.JPG: A Family Dynasty Expands
MHMSE1_180918_841.JPG: The Chouteaus
MHMSE1_180918_844.JPG: The Chouteaus Conduct Business
MHMSE1_180918_859.JPG: Seeking St. Louis
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Wikipedia Description: Missouri History Museum
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Missouri History Museum is located in St. Louis, Missouri in Forest Park. The museum is operated by the Missouri Historical Society and was founded in 1866.
The Jefferson Memorial Building, built in 1913 with profits from the Louisiana Purchase Exposition, is the current home of the museum.
In 2000, the Emerson Center, a significant building addition was completed, boosting attendance and exhibition capacity. The Emerson Center, featuring a ground-to-roof southern glass facade, was designed by Hellmuth, Obata & Kassabaum, and included substantially more exhibition space, as well as an auditorium, classrooms, a restaurant and gift shop. The Emerson Center was selected by the American Institute of Architects's Committee on the Environment as an example of architectural design that protects and enhances the environment. It is an example of a green museum.
Collections and Exhibits:
The museum permanent collection includes both national artifacts, as well as Missouri and St. Louis related materials, such as local colonial and native artifacts, Louisiana Purchase Exhibition artifacts, and items relating to Charles Lindbergh and his trans-Atlantic flight in the "Spirit of St. Louis". A replica of the "Spirit of St. Louis" can be found in the museum. A large amount of artifacts from the Lewis and Clark Expedition are also housed in the permanent collection, as St. Louis was the starting point for that venture.
Recent travelling exhibits and events have included items related to the Fox Theatre's restoration and renovation, the Road to Freedom tour (celebrating the Americans with Disabilities Act), and, prominently, the Lewis and Clark National Bicentennial Exhibition.
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