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.
The momentous story of Dred and Harriet Scott’s fight for freedom is one of enduring strength, seemingly triumphant injustice, and rippling effects. Foundations of Freedom follows the landmark case on its journey to the United States Supreme Court with attention to slavery in Missouri, freedom suits, the contributions of the attorney for the Scott family, Roswell Field, and the rise of national discussions on slavery and citizenship. Step into the shoes of the Scotts, Roswell Field, and countless others who fought for freedom despite its unpopularity, in Field’s home that stood just blocks away from the action.
This exhibit is sponsored in part by the Missouri Humanities Council with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Note: This exhibit is on the third floor of the historic house, which is not handicap accessible.
The Wonderful World of Collecting: The Disneyana of Don and Shirley Zork
February 16, 2019 – August 18, 2019
Help the Field House Museum celebrate 90 years of Mickey Mouse by looking back at the early collectibles of the famous cartoon figure. On display from the Zork Collection will be a plethora of figurines, china, toys, and more. From toothbrush holders to lamps, Mickey Mouse was branded everywhere on objects for all ages. Learn the history of Walt Disney Studios and the famous creator, as well as the best places to start your own collection.
A successful dinner party in the 1800s could mean the difference between a society sweetheart and a social pariah. From the clothing you wore to the setting of the table, a fine dinner was expected to follow proper etiquette to a tee. A Plate at the Table invites you into the culture of dining in nineteenth-century St. Louis by answering questions like where families such as the Fields bought their china and how they prepared for formal dining, surely proving a feast of information that every successful Victorian host or hostess ought to know.
Did you know that the Eugene Field Library has exhibits too?
Upcoming Museum Exhibits
Famous Women of Saint Louis – Mini Exhibit
Coming March – September 2019
What does the founder of the first public kindergarten, an American-born French entertainer, and a cookbook author all have in common? They are all women who were either born or lived in St. Louis and had an influential impact on history. Delve into the stories of these extraordinary women, from Susan Blow to Josephine Baker, when you see our mini-exhibit Famous Women of Saint Louis.
Coming September 2019 – March 2020
Coco Chanel once said, “Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.” Finishing Touches will go beyond clothing and explore the accessories that completed a look during the 1800s and early 1900s.
A woman or gentleman of status was not ready to be seen in public until hats, gloves, rings, fans, etc. were added. Not only were accessories expected to be in place to complete an outfit, but could also be used as tools for communication. Discover the history of fashion accessories and St. Louis fashion within the Garment District when you tour this upcoming exhibit.