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Scholars Provide Perspectives on Founding of St. Louis
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), February 2, 2014 - As the City of St. Louis marks the 250th anniversary of its founding with a yearlong series of events, scholars from across the nation will provide their perspectives on the city's historical significance during a daylong symposium Friday, February 14, 2014 at the Missouri History Museum in Forest Park.
Among the scholars participating in the symposium are Washington University's Peter Kastor, PhD; Yale University's Jay Gitlin, PhD; and California State University's Patricia Cleary, PhD, a St. Louis native.
Distinguished guests attending the symposium, as well as participating in other events during stl250's birthday bash weekend Feb. 14-16, are Graham Paul, Consul General of France in Chicago; Chief Scott Bighorse, principal chief of the Osage Nation; and Eric Marquis, Quebec's leading delegate to the U.S.
Titled "A Great City From the Start: The Founding and Lasting Significance of St. Louis," the event is open to the public.
Scholars' talks will range from "Creating St. Louis: A 'Civilized Wilderness' of Multicultural Cooperation" and the "Physical Geography of Early St. Louis" to "Mapping Women in the French Colonial World" and "Fashion on the Frontier: Clothing Choices and Cultural Identities in Colonial St. Louis."
The symposium will be held from 9 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. in Lee Auditorium, lower level of the Missouri History Museum, 5700 Lindell Blvd. Registration begins at 8 a.m. on the museum's main level. For questions about the symposium, call 314-454-3165, or for more on the yearlong 250th celebration, visit www.stl250.org.
Emerson Center at the Missouri History Museum in Forest Park
Statue of Thomas Jefferson
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.
Replica of Charles A. Lindbergh's plane, Spirit of St. Louis, hangs in MacDermott Grand Hall at the Missouri History Museum
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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