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Missouri History Museum Toys of the '50s, '60s and '70s Exhibit, organized by the Minnesota History Center, features classic toys including Barbie, Slinky, and Gumby and other toys representing the eras' fads and rhythm of American life on view through January 22, 2017 at the Missouri History Museum.

Take Trip Down Route 66: Main Street Through Exhibit and Documentary Film
ST. LOUIS, MO, (, October 30, 2016 - Take a trip down the Mother Road via the new documentary film Show Me 66: Main Street Through Missouri. The nearly 90-minute film was produced by the Missouri History Museum in conjunction with the museum's current exhibition Route 66: Mainstreet Through St. Louis. The film and exhibition mark the famous highway's 90th anniversary on November 11 of this year.

The film premieres at the Missouri History Museum on Thursday, November 10 at 7 p.m. The public is invited to the free screening. Seating is on a first come, first served basis.

Equal parts travelogue and historical narrative, Show Me 66: Main Street Through Missouri explores the landscapes and destinations found along Route 66 in the Show Me State. Stories unfold about the fabled route's birth in Springfield, its relationship to the Ozarks and St. Louis and the attractions, motels, drive-ins and characters discovered along its path.

Directors Andrew Wanko and Eric Wilkinson have traveled to Missouri's farthest stretches of Route 66, capturing well-known sights and best-kept secrets across the seasons. Show Me 66: Main Street Through Missouri is a must-see for anyone interested in Missouri history, American car culture, historic preservation or the Main Street of America.

"The film dives deeper in Missouri's Route 66 story than any film has before," said Andrew Wanko, the Missouri History Museum's Public Historian and one of the film's directors. "It's more than just roadside sights and popular nostalgia, the legacy of Route 66 is complex."

Familiar "66" personalities and experts appear in the film to share their Route 66 experiences including Ted Drewes of the iconic Ted Drewes Frozen Custard, Route 66 historian Michael Wallis and historic preservationist Ruth Keenoy, among others.

"The film is a great way for us to expand our reach," said Jody Sowell, the Missouri History Museum's Director of Exhibitions and Research. "The interest in our Route 66 exhibit shows how hungry people are for the local story of this famous highway, but that exhibition closes in July. The documentary will be shown throughout the state for decades to come."

The Route 66: Main Street Through St. Louis exhibition is open through July 16, 2017 at the Missouri History Museum in Forest Park. Admission is free.

Spirit of St. Louis at the Missouri History Museum in Forest Park
Replica of Charles A. Lindbergh's plane, Spirit of St. Louis, hangs in MacDermott Grand Hall at the Missouri History Museum
The Missouri History Museum (Jefferson Memorial Building) in Forest Park completed a major building expansion and renovation with the opening of the Emerson Center. The 92,000-square-foot Center, designed by Hellmuth, Obata & Kassabaum, provides the public with 24,000 square feet of additional exhibition space in four galleries, the Lee Auditorium with 347 seats, Bixby's Restaurant overlooking Forest Park, four fully equipped classrooms and a resource center, and the expansive Louisiana Purchase gift shop.

The Missouri Historical Society was established in 1866 to rescue "from oblivion the early history of the city and the state." In 1913, it moved into the newly constructed Jefferson Memorial Building. The Memorial Building stands on the site of the main entrance to the Louisiana Purchase Exposition, more commonly known as the 1904 World's Fair. It was built with the proceeds of the Fair in memory of Thomas Jefferson.

Today, the Missouri History Museum houses a variety of exhibits and educational resources including the permanent exhibition, Seeking St. Louis and the current Many Voices: Reflecting on American Indian Objects. The History Museum and Emerson Center are open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (8:00 p.m. each Tuesday). Admission is free unless noted.

The Missouri History Museum Library and Research Center, located at 225 South Skinker in the former United Hebrew Synagogue, was renovated and opened in 1991. It houses a research library open to the public with a comprehensive collection focusing on the history of the St. Louis region, the state of Missouri and the American West. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call 314-746-4599.
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