Come and explore Eugene Field’s most popular book of poetry, Poems of Childhood, in this dynamic exhibit that will spark the imagination and bring to life the words of Eugene Field’s famous poems. From the land of sugar-plum trees and magnificent creatures to the sweet tales of falling asleep, guests will take a journey into a land of creativity.
Mid-nineteenth century St. Louisans only had one place to turn to if they wanted to catch up on the latest local, national, and international news – the newspaper. Old-school St. Louis editors used their platforms to promote their personal politics, advocate for their favorite causes, and attack anyone who dared disagree with them. Visit the Eugene Field Library to learn how nineteenth-century newspapermen uplifted the city’s German population while they denounced the Irish, pushed for freeing the enslaved while promoting their expulsion from the country, and championed workers’ rights before turning their back on strikers – all while inspiring Eugene Field on his meteoric rise to fame.
One hundred seventy-five years ago, Rosell Field and Frances Maria Reed exchanged marriage vows in St. Louis. One hundred fifty years ago, wedding bells rang for their son Eugene Field and Julia Comstock. The Field House Museum is pleased to celebrate these two unions with an exhibit, Fielding the Question: Courtship, Matrimony and the Fields. The exhibit highlights the courtship and marriage of the two couples and also illuminates the changing culture of courtship and marriage in the mid-1800s. Artifacts include Julia’s wedding dress and boots, Eugene and Julia’s wedding invitation, illustrated postcards of Eugene’s poem, “Lover’s Lane, St. Jo,” as well as a number of portraits of the couples.
While living at what is now 634 S Broadway, lawyer Roswell Field crafted the legal argument that would take Dred Scott v. Sandford to the Supreme Court and push the country closer to civil war.
From his early days in Vermont to his legal practice in St. Louis, Field made a name for himself as a “second to none” lawyer whom his contemporaries considered as “standing in the front rank of the bar in the city and state.”
In Legally Bound, discover the circumstances that led Roswell Field to become involved in one of U.S. history’s most controversial Supreme Court decisions.
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