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 saved the house from the wrecking ball.
Detachable collars and cuffs, a doll house, inkwells, historic toys, as well as bottles excavated from the sites are some of the objects that help tell stories of compassion, resilience, and generosity that catapulted this simple brick house into a historic landmark and now a museum.
For over 100 years the teddy bear has been a staple of American childhood. Often a favored toy, the teddy bear has accompanied many children on picnics and grand adventures of youth. With an origin story that stretches across two continents, the teddy bear’s enduring legacy is one that has filled the imagination and hearts of millions of children and adults.
Learn the history of the teddy bear, the famous companies that created them, and see the many teddy bears on display in Teddy Bear Picnic. Teddy bears from the Margarete Steiff GmbH Toy Company, North American Bear Company, patriotic bears, old bears, and unique bears will all be on a picnic for your enjoyment.
Don’t miss out on this chance to see everyone’s favorite furry friend, the teddy bear, on display through October 2017 at the Field House Museum. All teddy bears get in free, so don’t leave yours at home!
Not just bedcovers, quilts were made with careful consideration. Whether commemorating personal events, remembering friends, broadcasting social status, or displaying skill, quilts often provide details of a woman’s life that would otherwise have been lost to time. They act as important representations of the American spirit in art, worthy of recognition and regard. Motifs and practices shown throughout the history of fine art can be found in abundance in these carefully crafted textiles, as both a continuance of past styles and a precursor to artistic movements that would not be popularized for decades to come.
Threads of Society: American Quilts and the Stories They Tell showcases selections from the Field House Museum’s collection of quilts dating from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The exhibition explores the story of quilting in American society, with a focus on the recognition of quilts as historic and artistic materials.
Join us this November for some new exhibits at the Field House Museum! In the Library you will be able to explore some magnificent pop-up books. We will also be showcasing an illustrated exhibit on children’s books along with a holiday toy mini-exhibit will be sure to bring your imagination to life!