What’s Past is Prologue: A House Brimming with Stories
Have you ever wondered what stories a house could tell if the walls could talk?
Built more than 160 years ago, the Field House was once part of a row house, a get-away from the noise and smoke of the small metropolis of St. Louis. The embodiment of the past and present, the brick house is the centerpiece of a series of dynamic stories that include attorney Roswell Field who became the advocate in Dred and Harriet Scott’s quest for freedom, poet Eugene Field whose verses captivated boys and girls across the country, and school children whose pennies helped save the house from the wrecking ball.
Detachable collars and cuffs, a doll house, inkwells, historic toys, as well as bottles excavated from the site are some of the objects that help tell stories of compassion, resilience, and generosity that catapulted this simple brick house into a national monument and now a museum.