Missouri Historical Society

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2010

    Was Joseph Pulitzer Gay? And Other Questions Prompted by New Biography

    ​Author James McGrath Morris is out with the most comprehensive biography to date on St. Louis Post-Dispatch founder and America's first media baron, Joseph Pulitzer. Pulitzer: A Life in Politics, Print and Power recalls chronicles the Hungarian immigrant's arrival to America his formative years e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2010

    St. Louis Philanthropist Des Lee Dies at 92

    E. Desmond "Des" Lee, a lifelong Missourian and successful entrepreneur who leveraged his business success to fund arts and education, died today at St. John's Hospital. He was 92.umsl.eduE. Desmond "Des" Lee (1917-2010) with his wife, Mary Ann.​According to a press release from his family, Lee ga ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2009

    Mystery of Forest Park Cannon Solved; Spanish Gun Arrived in St. Louis in 1900

    Ruhrwein and the Spanish cannon.​For the past year, Fred Ruhrwien has waged a lonely crusade to discover the origins of a Spanish cannon in Forest Park. The 80-year-old Ruhrwien works as a volunteer guide at the park, giving walking tours to hundreds of visitors each year. Until last month, Ruhrwi ... More >>

  • News

    December 3, 2003

    Hard Labor

    For actors, union membership has its perks. In St. Louis, it has its downside as well.

  • News

    November 26, 2003

    Knockin' 'Em Dead

    Here's how the Board of Education could raise money for St. Louis schools: Charge admission to its meetings

  • News

    November 12, 2003

    No More Funny Business!

    Local sketch comedy troupe the NonProphets are in it for the laughs

  • News

    August 6, 2003

    The Road Goes On Forever

    How long does it take to drive from here to Kansas City? Depends on how much you want to see.

  • News

    July 9, 2003

    Demolition Man

    To save St. Louis public schools, Bill Roberti and his band of hired guns plan to blow things up. Who'll pick up the pieces when they're gone?

  • Film

    June 18, 2003


    Week of June 18, 2003

  • Culture

    August 8, 2001

    Getting Stiffed

    Public art comes at a price, whether it's wooden mannequins or metal gates

  • Culture

    April 4, 2001

    Street People

    The People Project exposes the dysfunctions of the region

  • News

    March 21, 2001

    Bringing Home The Bacon

    St. Louis 2004 has spent millions in the name of civic revival, but most of the money has gone to fatten its staff. Too bad they haven't delivered much more than buzz.

  • Music

    March 7, 2001

    Miles from Home

    Local apathy over one of St. Louis' most noted exports, Miles Davis, isn't stopping his fans from organizing a bang-up commemoration of what would have been his 75th birthday

  • Culture

    December 27, 2000

    Peanuts Gallery

    The stories of St. Louis resemble the motifs of the late Charles Schulz

  • News

    August 16, 2000

    Live to Tell

    After surviving the Balkan wars, refugees from Bosnia-Herzegovina have been given a place to tell their story at the Missouri Historical Society. The hard part is deciding what that story is.

  • News

    July 5, 2000

    Reel Change

    The St. Louis International Film Festival has revamped its organizational structure and enlisted new personnel. Two former programmers aren't impressed with the résumés.

  • News

    December 15, 1999


    The earthquake hazard here may be greater than you think. And planning for it is less than you'd expect.

  • News

    July 14, 1999

    Public Exchange

    Artist Mary Miss' plan for the space next to the new Federal Courthouse is vastly different from the statues and monolithic sculptures of the past. It's public art that actually keeps the public in mind.

  • News

    May 5, 1999

    Original Gangsta

    Legendary badass Stagger Lee, hailed in song by musicians everywhere, came to fame right here in St. Louis

  • Culture

    December 2, 1998

    Fair Practice

    By focusing on the exhibition of the pygmy Ota Benga, author Jane Cutler exposes the institutional racism of the 1904 World's Fair in her children's novel The Song of the Molimo