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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
Missouri Historical Society Awarded $250,000 Grant
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), October 15, 2019 - The Missouri Historical Society (MHS) has been awarded a $250,000 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to support a project to process, survey, and make publicly accessible the objects in the Charles A. Lindbergh Collection.

The Missouri Historical Society cares for the nation's premiere Lindbergh collection containing two full-sized planes and more than 1,894 objects that once belonged to the famed aviator and/or members of his family.

The project will make these hundreds of artifacts accessible to MHS staff and the public via the Missouri Historical Society's Online Collections, complete with searchable, data-rich descriptive records and high-resolution images.

"We assist hundreds of researchers and students in-person at the Missouri Historical Society Library and Research Center each year, and that's not including the over 355,000 annual researchers who access our collection online," said Christopher Gordon, director of library and collections for the Missouri Historical Society. "Items in the Lindbergh collection are frequently requested for exhibits both at the Missouri History Museum and for loan to other historical institutions. IMLS's generous grant will help us prepare for what we expect to be a spike in research and exhibition requests leading up to the 100th anniversary of Lindbergh's transatlantic flight in 2027."

From December 2019 through January 2022, MHS will process, digitize, survey, and rehouse all 1,894 objects. Each object will go through five stages: cataloging and reconciliation; digitization; rehousing; reorganization; and conservation survey. This work will be performed primarily by two Collections Specialists and one Special Projects Photographer to be hired using grant funding. Conservators specializing in objects, paintings, paper, and textiles will be hired on a contract basis to perform detailed conservation surveys.

"Donated or acquired decades ago, many objects in the Lindbergh Collection were originally stored in a way that is no longer considered best-practice in the museum industry," said Gordon. "In addition to creating a detailed descriptive and visual record for each time, this grant will allow our team to assess the conservation needs of each object, prioritize which artifacts have the greatest need for conservation treatment, and then re-house or store the object according to today's standards - ensuring these important historical treasures are preserved for the future."

The Charles Lindbergh collection includes personal items, national and international gifts associated with Lindbergh's 1927 historic flight and ensuing tours, and gifts presented to Charles and his wife, Anne, for their 1929 wedding. The collection is also diverse in its scope, containing works of art on paper, paintings, and pottery, clothing and other textiles, weaponry and tools, trophies and other awards, ethnographic material, Lindbergh's 1934 Monocoupe and a reproduction of the Spirit of St. Louis used in the Jimmy Stewart film of the same name.

"Although today historians and the general public may look at Charles Lindbergh with greater scrutiny, you cannot look at the history of aviation without examining Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh's contributions to the field," said Gordon. "The donations from Charles, Anne, and their descendants embody the spirit of possibility that spread across the world in the years following the world-famous flight."

Titled Lindbergh 100 this project is the first phase of the Missouri Historical Society's eight-year, multistage initiative to gain complete physical and intellectual control of the Lindbergh Collection. The initiative is slated to culminate in 2027.


'History Made' Exhibit Tells Story of St. Louis Blues at the Missouri History Museum in Forest Park
The History Made installation consists of four cases located on the second level of the Missouri History Museum. The cases feature artifacts from the St. Louis Blues historic championship run and will be on display at the Museum from Oct. 1, 2019, through Jan. 26, 2020. Photo courtesy of the Missouri History Museum.
'History Made' Tells Story of St. Louis Blues Winning Stanley Cup Championship
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), October 6, 2019 - History was made on June 12, 2019. It's a date that will forever live in St. Louis sports history. On that day, the St. Louis Blues - the team that had gone 52 years without ever winning a Stanley Cup game, let alone a Championship - hoisted the Stanley Cup for the first time.

The Missouri History Museum, in collaboration with the St. Louis Blues, has open History Made. Featuring more than 20 artifacts on loan from the St. Louis Blues from the historic playoff run and the Stanley Cup Finals, History Made tells the story of the underdog team that took home the NHL's highest honor and united its community in the process.

"What became clear throughout the championship run was that this victory was about more than hockey or even the Blues," said Jody Sowell, managing director of strategic initiatives for the Missouri Historical Society. "It was about a community relishing a victory. It was about how good it feels to share in a moment that will be remembered for generations to come. It was about making history."

"To be able to share with our fans artifacts from creating history means everything to the Blues," said Randy Girsch VP of Community Development and Event Management for the St. Louis Blues. "There couldn't be a better venue for the 'History Made' display than the Missouri History Museum."

The History Made installation consists of four cases located on the second level of the Missouri History Museum. The cases feature artifacts from the St. Louis Blues historic championship run and will be on display at the Museum from Oct. 1, 2019, through Jan. 26, 2020.


Missouri History Museum
Missouri History Museum in Forest Park

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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