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Bridgerton Connections in the MHS Collections, Part 1

1 week 4 days ago
I have always thought that an appreciation of the arts is what lifts us beyond mere animals. It stirs the passions and moves the spirit, and, this author hopes, inspires more newsworthy pursuits. —Lady Whistledown Viewers love the gorgeous fashions, splendid drawing rooms, and lavish furnishings on display in Netflix’s Bridgerton series. However, many might …
Laura Shimel

Top 10 Summer Events at the Missouri Historical Society

2 weeks 5 days ago
Make the most of your summer at the Missouri Historical Society! Check out our newest special exhibit, Gateway to Pride, at the Missouri History Museum, hear about a century of baseball history at the Library & Research Center, attend movie matinees at Soldiers Memorial Military Museum, and so much more. 1. Summer Family Fun Series …
Brittany Krewson

St. Louis Had a Chinatown?

3 weeks 4 days ago
EDITOR’S NOTE: In order to bring a plurality of voices to our storytelling, the Missouri Historical Society frequently asks guest writers to contribute to History Happens Here. The views and opinions expressed by guest contributors are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Missouri Historical Society, its affiliates, or …
Brittany Krewson

The 1904 World’s Fair and the Philippine War

1 month ago
World’s Fairs were designed to showcase the achievements of nations. They featured art and design, international trade and relations, and promoted tourism. Between 1851 and 1938, world expositions focused on trade, and displayed technological advances and inventions. In 1904, St. Louis hosted the World’s Fair to celebrate the centennial of the 1803 Louisiana Purchase. Approximately 50 …
Brittany Krewson

The Glass Bar at Hotel Midtown

1 month 1 week ago
On June 1, 1937, City Hospital No. 2, located at the corner of Lawton and Garrison Avenues in the Mill Creek Valley neighborhood, was emptied. The cramped and stuffy corridors of the hospital fell silent. A parade of ambulances for the critically injured and buses for those who could walk ferried patients across the nearly …
Brittany Krewson

The Characters of the Orient Restaurant

1 month 1 week ago
EDITOR’S NOTE: In order to bring a plurality of voices to our storytelling, the Missouri Historical Society frequently asks guest writers to contribute to History Happens Here. The views and opinions expressed by guest contributors are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Missouri Historical Society, its affiliates, or …
Brittany Krewson

Boodlers Beware!

1 month 2 weeks ago
EDITOR’S NOTE: In order to bring a plurality of voices to our storytelling, the Missouri Historical Society frequently asks guest writers to contribute to History Happens Here. The views and opinions expressed by guest contributors are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Missouri Historical Society, its affiliates, or …
Brittany Krewson

Built St. Louis: Coal

1 month 2 weeks ago
This is the final post in a series about the materials that built St. Louis. In the 20th century, coal was usually the cheapest and most abundant heating source available in dense American cities. That was especially true in St. Louis—one of the largest coal reserves known in the world was right across the river in Illinois. …
Brittany Krewson

Astro Antics

1 month 3 weeks ago
Board games have long been used to teach players about science, history, and even society itself. Local St. Louis board game companies continue this mission today through games like Wingspan (Stonemaier Games) or Genotype (Genius Games). During the space race, Gameland, Inc. brought the quest for space travel into the homes of everyday St. Louisans. …
Brittany Krewson

The Icarians: Utopian Communism in St. Louis

1 month 3 weeks ago
During the mid-19th century, Americans around the country left their old lives behind to join radical new utopian communities. Driven by the belief that a better world was possible, these communities brought together people who hoped to create a perfect society. In 1856, St. Louis became home to one of the country’s most prominent utopian …
Brittany Krewson

A World-Renowned Entomologist in St. Louis

2 months ago
EDITOR’S NOTE: In order to bring a plurality of voices to our storytelling, the Missouri Historical Society frequently asks guest writers to contribute to History Happens Here. The views and opinions expressed by guest contributors are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Missouri Historical Society, its affiliates, or …
Brittany Krewson

Meet Taylor Swift’s Grandmother: Marjorie Moehlenkamp Finlay

2 months ago
Taylor Swift’s music career is filled with tributes to her late maternal grandmother, Marjorie Moehlenkamp Finlay. Photographs and home videos of Finlay are included in several of Swift’s lyric music videos, including the one for “Timeless,” which was released exclusively for the album Speak Now (Taylor’s Version). But Marjorie Moehlenkamp Finlay wasn’t just Taylor Swift’s grandmother—she …
Brittany Krewson

The Delmar Garden Amusement Park

2 months 1 week ago
Delmar Boulevard is one of St. Louis’s best known streets, stretching over 10 miles from just outside Laclede’s Landing downtown to the western edge of University City. For six blocks after it leaves the St. Louis City boundary, it’s known as the Delmar Loop—a reference to an early streetcar line that would make a loop …
Brittany Krewson

Cholera in the City

2 months 1 week ago
In the mid-1800s, St. Louis was notoriously filthy, but nowhere more so than the riverfront. On the riverfront it wasn’t just St. Louis’s own dirt to worry about, but the dirt, disease, and sickness from dozens of other towns, brought along with the residents of every incoming steamboat. In 1849, some of them were carrying …
Brittany Krewson

Sister Antona Ebo

2 months 2 weeks ago
EDITOR’S NOTE: In order to bring a plurality of voices to our storytelling, the Missouri Historical Society frequently asks guest writers to contribute to History Happens Here. The views and opinions expressed by guest contributors are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Missouri Historical Society, its affiliates, or …
Lyndsey Watkins