The Field House is excited to announce that it will be hosting Struggle for Statehood, a traveling exhibit commemorating the bicentennial of Missouri statehood created by the Missouri Humanities Council in partnership with the Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy at the University of Missouri, partners in the Bicentennial Alliance.
The exhibit chronicles the three years that the controversy over Missouri’s admission into the Union was fiercely debated and reexamines the lasting significance of the conflict on a local and national scale. The exhibit leads visitors through the story of Missouri’s admission with accessible educational content, including historical accounts and stories of people that this controversy touched.
On a daily basis, editorial cartoonists deliver biting social commentary made palatable through amusing and well-crafted illustration. Lines with Power and Purpose: Editorial Cartoons features fifty-one original editorial cartoons from the nation’s great metropolitan newspapers during the Golden Age of print journalism. Included in the mix are six Pulitzer Prize–winning cartoonists, each demonstrating the theme of political commentary through editorial illustrations and addressing issues from the first half of the twentieth century.
Lovers of architecture and neighborhood history can’t miss Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, an exhibit brought to you by the Field House Museum that will follow the architectural history of St. Louis from the bricks that built it to the communities it has housed. The historic buildings and neighborhoods of St. Louis make the city what it is, and each has a rich and robust history worth hearing.
As the Field House Museum celebrates the 175th anniversary of the construction of the historic Field family home, we will be looking back at how we have changed since 1845. Featured on the Museum’s third floor, Momentous Milestones will highlight everything from the penny drive that saved the house in 1934 to the interior and exterior restorations that helped to earn us our National Landmark Status. Stop by the oldest privately-owned residential home in St. Louis, and we’ll share our secret to aging. It’s not every day you turn 175!
Momentous Milestones is sponsored by the following:
The Daniel and Henry Co.
Landmarks Association of St Louis, Inc.
Note: This exhibit is on the third floor of the historic house, which is not handicap accessible.
Upcoming Museum Exhibits
Before the ring of pinball machines echoed through arcades, Bagatelle was filling parlors and pockets across the world. Drawing from the private collection of Mr. Ed Nickels, Bagatelle will follow the journey of pinball’s predecessor from the court of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette to game rooms across the country. Featuring intricately decorated and brightly colored bagatelles from the 19th and early 20th centuries, this exhibit will surely catch your eye and get you yearning for a game night.
The Field House Museum cordially invites you to join us for Bon Appétit. By the late 1800s, the dining room was a common feature in many homes, leading to a rise in dinner parties. From the very first step of sending out invitations, a Victorian dinner party was a carefully orchestrated performance. Hosts and attendees were expected to follow specific rules of etiquette, and if not done properly, one was at risk for social ruin. Learn all about the etiquette of a bygone era when you could thank your host for the pleasant evening but not the meal itself while admiring dishes and tableware from the Museum’s collection.
Before digital and film cameras, the only way to record someone’s appearance was through portraits. Portraiture is a long-established art form dating back to ancient Egypt and before. In fact, portrait murals from Pompeii have been preserved for almost 2000 years! Discover a brief history of portraiture from its origins to the selfie alongside famous examples and displays from the Museum’s collection. Then take your own portrait in the exhibit to share with family and friends!