The Missouri History Museum will commemorate the 250th anniversary of St. Louis through "250 in 250: 50 People, 50 Places, 50 Moments, 50 Images, 50 Objects," which will be open Feb. 14, 2014, through February 2015.
This 6,000-square-foot exhibition showcases 250 fascinating stories of people, places, moments, images and objects that reflect the richness, diversity and complexity of St. Louis' unique history. Visitors will find stories of murderers and musicians, prostitutes and poets, Cardinals and clowns. They will find artifacts ranging from the period before the city's official founding to objects that are still used today. They will see images of how everyday St. Louisans lived, worked and played through the years.
Highlights from "250 in 250": 50 people – some expected, some surprising – who helped shape St. Louis, including: - Dred and Harriet Scott. Dred sued for his and his family's freedom in Dred Scott v. Sandford - Irma Romabuer, publisher of "The Joy of Cooking" - Harold Bartholomew, the country's first full-time planner, considered the father of modern urban design
50 places – some erased from the physical landscape, others where we still gather - that helped define the city, including: – Social Evils Hospital, which offered legal prostitution in an effort to curb crime and reduce the spread of disease – Big Mound, the king of the area's 27 Indian mounds – Gaslight Square, a magnet for St. Louis' beat generation
50 moments – some big, some small – as witnessed by St. Louisans, including: – Founding of St. Louis (1764) – Bloody Island Duel (1831) – Protest at VP Parade (Early 1970s)
50 images – some of work, some of play, some of home life – that show everyday life in the city, including: - Laborer on a Power Loom (Early 20th Century) - Children Receiving Diphtheria Inoculations (1953) - The Gateway Arch Construction (1964)
50 objects – some "important," some personal – that give a fresh perspective on 250 years of history, including: - Lemp Corking Machine (ca. 1870) - Poro Pressing Oil Container (Early 20th century) - Browns Uniform (ca. 1952)
The exhibit also features "250 Years in 250 Seconds," a film that packs 250 years of history into just over four minutes. Plus, watch "St. Louis Today," a film that captures our current moment in history.
Admission to "250 in 250" will be free. The Missouri History Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays. TheMissouri History Museum is located at 5700 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis, Mo., 63112. Call 314-746-4599.