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Free: Missouri History Museum To Present Play About St. Louis's Founding Mother

Marie Therese Chouteau

Marie Therese Chouteau

“Veuve Chouteau,” a play about Marie Therese Chouteau, the founding mother of St. Louis continues at the Missouri History Museum at 2 p.m. Tuesdays through January and February. The next performance wil be on Jan. 27, 2015, in the MacDermott Grand Hall.

She was the mother of Auguste Chouteau, the 14-year old who organized the clearing of the land and construction of the first two buildings in what was to become St. Louis. Marie Therese Chouteau later moved to the city with the four young children she and Pierre Laclede, the businessman who selected the city’s site, had together. She had been abandoned by her husband.

The museum is located at Lindell Boulevard and DeBaliviere Avenue in Forest Park.

 

 

Play At Missouri History Museum Recalls Story of Free Black Woman After Louisiana Purchase

EstherEsther, a free black woman, found her world changed enormously because of the Louisiana Purchase.

Linda Kennedy stars in a play about her life at the Missouri History Musuem at 2 p.m. Saturdays through the end of February. The performance will be in the MacDermott Grand Hall of the Museum. The next performance is Jan. 24, 2015.

The museum is located at Lindell Boulevard and DeBaliviere Avenue in Forest Park.

Free: Missouri History Museum To Present Play About St. Louis's Founding Mother

Marie Therese Chouteau

Marie Therese Chouteau

“Veuve Chouteau,” a play about Marie Therese Chouteau, the founding mother of St. Louis continues at the Missouri History Museum at 2 p.m. Tuesdays through January and February. The next performance wil be on Jan. 20, 2015, in the MacDermott Grand Hall.

She was the mother of Auguste Chouteau, the 14-year old who organized the clearing of the land and construction of the first two buildings in what was to become St. Louis. Marie Therese Chouteau later moved to the city with the four young children she and Pierre Laclede, the businessman who selected the city’s site, had together. She had been abandoned by her husband.

The museum is located at Lindell Boulevard and DeBaliviere Avenue in Forest Park.

 

 

Missouri History Museum Offers Weekend Of Events About Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Rev Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. speech

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The Missouri History Museum offers a weekend of programs tied to the birthday holiday of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the civil rights leader assassinated in 1968.

They are:

• Storytelling in the Museum, a weekly program, will have a King theme. Storytelling aimed at two to five year olds will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 16, 2015, in a gallery and the same time  Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015, in the Schnucks Learning Center. The museum offers hands-on crafts and other activities between 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. at various place in the building.

• MLK Family Celebration from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday. The first 200 children to arrive at the museum will receive a King-themed storybook. The museum will serve hot cocoa and light refreshments. In addition to the storytelling activities, the museum offers at 10 a.m. Saturday Mama Lisa Presents King Family Kids that revisits life in the 1960s in Atlanta from a child’s point of view. At the same time children can participate peach-inspired art projects. Parents can to stop at a table of the Anti-Defamation League to get advice on having conversations with their children on complex or difficult topics.

• The screening of “Jim Crow to Barack Obama” at 1 p.m. Saturday in the AT&T Foundation Multipurpose room. The documentary explores changes in race and racism in the last 100 years.

• A Place to Call Home Game at 1:30 p.m. at the Utopia and The Missouri Immigrant Experiences exhibits. Participants can pick up an identity of a St. Louis immigrant and follow that person’s story at activity stations at the exhibits. The event continues at 1:30 p.m. Saturdays through February.

 • “Esther,” a play about Esther, a free black woman, dealing with a world that changed enormously because of the Louisiana Purchase. The event is at 2 p.m. in the MacDermott Grand Hall.

• Kevin Powell, an activist, writer and president and cofounder of BK Nation discusses “Dr. King, Michael Brown, #Ferguson and the Future of America” at 2 p.m. in the Lee Auditorium. He will reflect on King’s legacy and recent protests.

• The last showing of “I May Not Get There with You,” a multimedia presentation of the speeches and moments in the last year of King’s life, at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015, in the Lee Auditorium.

The museum is located at Lindell Boulevard and DeBaliviere Avenue in Forest Park.

Program To Recall Transformation Of St. Louis Water From Bad To Good

St. Louis WaterThe Missouri History Museum will present a program at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, that describes how St. Louis turned its water from notoriously bad to among the best in the United States. The event will be in the AT&T Foundation Multipurpose room.

Most of the change came in 1904. The desire of city officials and civic leaders to provide clear, clean water to visitors at that year’s world fair was the main reason for improving the system.

The museum is located at Lindell Boulevard and DeBaliviere Avenue in Forest Park.

Play At Missouri History Museum Recalls Story of Free Black Woman After Louisiana Purchase

EstherEsther, a free black woman, found her world changed enormously because of the Louisiana Purchase.

Linda Kennedy stars in a play about her life at the Missouri History Musuem at 2 p.m. Saturdays through the end of February. The performance will be in the MacDermott Grand Hall of the Museum. The next performance is Jan. 17, 2015.

The museum is located at Lindell Boulevard and DeBaliviere Avenue in Forest Park.

Emerson FREE Family Nights At St. Louis' Magic House Announced For 2015

Emerson FREE Family Nights at The Magic House in St. LouisIf your family loves the Magic House–and what family doesn’t?–you’ll want to mark your calendar for Emerson FREE Family Nights that will occur in 2015.

The Magic House holds Emerson Free Family Nights from 5:30 to 9 p.m., on the third Friday of the month. On these special nights,  a family  of four can enjoy more than 100 hands-on exhibits in the Museum at no charge through the generosity of Emerson. The free offer is for no more than two adults and four of their own children. Reservations are not required.

Here are the FREE family nights for 2015:

January 16, 2015
February 20, 2015
March 20, 2015
April 17, 2015
May 15, 2015
June 19, 2015
July 17, 2015
August 21, 2015
September 18, 2015
October 16, 2015
November 20, 2015
December 18, 2015

The Magic House is a hands-on children’s museum. It is located at 516 S. Kirkwood Road, St. Louis. (Kirkwood Road is the section of Lindbergh Boulevard between Big Bend Boulevard and Manchester Road.) The museum features dozens of interactive exhibits for children of all ages as well as a variety of special events throughout the year.

The Magic House is located at 516 S. Kirkwood Road, along the section of Lindbergh Boulevard between Big Bend Boulevard and Manchester Road in Kirkwood.

The Museum’s hands-on exhibits and educational programming have been recognized nationally by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Orbitz, Nickelodeon, Family Fun Magazine and Zagat, which named The Magic House the nation’s top family attraction with the most child appeal.

 

 

 

Missouri History Museum To Show Documentary On Confluence Of Rivers

ConfluenceThe Missouri History Museum will show the documentary “Confluence: The River Heritage of St. Louis” noon Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015, in the AT&T Foundation Multipurpose room.

The documentary explores and dramatizes the meeting of the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers just north of the city.

The museum is located at Lindell Boulevard and DeBaliviere Avenue in Forest Park.

Author Talks About Era When Horse Racing Was More Popular Than Baseball

Making TracksAuthor Nancy Carver reviews the history of horse racing in St. Louis — which once was more popular than baseball — at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015, in the AT&T Foundation Multipurpose room of the Missouri History Museum.

Carver is author of “Making Tracks: The Untold Story of Horsing in St. Louis, 1761-1905.”

The museum is located at Lindell Boulevard and DeBaliviere Avenue in Forest Park.

Historian Discusses German-Americans In Missouri During World War I

Degrees of Allegiance pixSt. Louis’s German heritage struggled during World War I, but the city’s German-Americans suffered less than their peers in other Midwestern cities. Historian Petra DeWitt discusses their fate at 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015, at the Missouri History Museum.

DeWitt is the author of the recent book “Degrees of Allegiance Harassment and Loyalty in Missouri’s German-American Community during World War I.”

The museum is located at Lindell Boulevard and DeBaliviere Avenue in Forest Park.