Representation is an integral building block of a strong and equitable community. In partnership with St. Louis Black Authors of Children’s Literature, The Power of Words: The Ongoing Tale of Black Children’s Literature will share the continued efforts towards equitable representation in children’s and young adult literature. Learn about the trail blazers of Black storytelling like Langston Hughes and discover the impressive work of modern African American authors like Patricia McKissack, whose books continue to inspire new generations. From spoken tales to digital fiction, the stories featured in our main gallery exist to encourage young readers, foster a love of reading, and celebrate pride in diversity.
Image from The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats used with permission from the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation, ezra-jack-keats.org
Celebrate Annie Malone, a pioneer African American entrepreneur, charitable organizer, and civil rights activist in the latest exhibit to open at the Field House Museum. Produced by the Annie Malone Historical Society, this exhibit uses eye-catching displays of photos and artifacts to tell the story of this magnificent woman’s contributions to African American history. The society hopes Moving Forward: Exploring the Legacy of Annie Malone will bolster their mission to open their own museum. You can show support by donating directly to the Annie Malone Historical Society at the Field House Museum or at their website: www.anniemalonehistoricalsociety.org.
The history of the World’s Fairs in Chicago and St. Louis is given a personal touch in Fantastic Fairs. With stories of Eugene’s involvement at the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago and Julia Field’s position as juror at the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis with the memorabilia to match, visitors are sure to feel the grandeur of the Fairs from the Fields’ perspectives. Featured in the Field House Museum’s entry, this exhibit gives visitors a peek into the cultural behemoth that was the World’s Fair while following in the Fields’ footsteps as guests of honor. Several items from the Chicago World’s Fair are on graciously on loan courtesy of the Glessner House Museum in Chicago.
Upcoming Museum Exhibits
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.
A carefully designed quilt can express a thousand words. With a rich history in creative expression and storytelling, the quilts featured in Stitching Stories from the Past will surely capture the minds of visitors with a wide range of passions. From August 25 – September 24, 2021, Stitching Stories from the Past will also feature a special bicentennial quilt on loan from the State Historical Society of Missouri. This traveling quilt features squares created by quilters across the state in celebration of Missouri’s 200th birthday. Be sure to stop by while this state-wide project is visiting; the Field House Museum will be the only site in the St. Louis area to host the quilt while it journeys across Missouri!
Lovers of architecture and neighborhood history can’t miss Blueprints, 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.
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.
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 the jackets of troops traveling the rough terrain of war. 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.