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.
From board games to bagatelle, Let’s Play Ball!: Historic Games of America’s Favorite Pastime shows how baseball has been played off the field for decades through the unique, vibrant, and artful collection of Mr. Ed Nickels. Come see games base on baseball greats like Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, pinball’s predecessor, baseball cards from unlikely sources, and a few games made right here in St. Louis. Let’s Play Ball! is sure to be a home run for the whole family.
Note: This exhibit is on the third floor of the historic house, which is not handicap accessible.
Holding Court: The Nobility of the Liberty of London Collection
October 6, 2018 – December 30, 2018
Hear Ye, Hear Ye the Field House Museum requests the honor of your presence at Holding Court: The Nobility of the Liberty of London Doll Collection. Offered by London department store Liberty & Co., these small cloth souvenir dolls, dating from the late 1930s to the late 1950s, came to be known as “Liberty of London Dolls.” Take in the exquisite detail and hand-crafted elements of over 125 of these beautifully made dolls while exploring the story of their makers, distributors, and Liberty & Co.
See over 75 unique peanut butter pails, generously on loan from Donald and Shirley Zork.
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 bough 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
Poems of Childhood: Eugene Field’s Most Famous Book of Poetry
Coming January, 2018 – August, 2018
Take a peek into Eugene Field’s most popular book of poetry, Poems of Childhood. From his most famous works such as “Wynken, Blynken, & Nod” and the “Gingham Dog & Calico Cat” to some of his lesser known poems like “The Fly-Away Horse” and “Shuffle-Shoon & Amber-Locks”, this exhibit will focus on Eugene’s take on childhood. Get hands-on and create your own poem in the exhibit’s creative corner.
The Wonderful World of Collecting: The Disneyana of Don & Shirley Zork
Coming January, 2018 – August, 2018
Step into the wonderful world of all things Disneyana when you visit this exquisite exhibit! Explore the different types of collectibles from the 1930s through the 1990s.