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"I Was a Soldier" Exhibit Highlights Homeless Veterans
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), November 10, 2013 - The U.S. Vets St. Louis is hosting a photographic exhibition, "I Was a Soldier", at the Missouri History Museum, which will be on display through January 20, 2014.
St. Louis photographer Jerry Tovo has given voice to the hundreds of thousands of U.S. veterans who find themselves homeless each year.
According to information on the exhibit, "On any given night, there are approximately 200,000 homeless veterans on the streets or in shelters. There are another 1.5 million at risk for homelessness. Statistics do not have faces. While statistics about the number of homeless veterans in the United States are staggering, they do not show the people behind the issue. Statistics cannot make visible the toll of this epidemic. They cannot express the despair or the determination that lives in these men and women.
The exhibition is free and open to the public. For more information, call 746-4599.
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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