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 Caricature to Celebration: A Brief History of African-American Dolls
March – July 15, 2018 (Exhibit Extended!)
Toys are constant companions throughout childhood and beyond. Today’s children can find themselves represented in their toys, but this hasn’t always been the case. From Caricature to Celebration: A Brief History of African-American Dolls takes you on a tour of dolls spanning more than 100 years. With more than 80 dolls on display, you will take a journey from the earliest days of traditional African dolls and racial stereotypes through the years of assimilation and early acceptance.
Note: This exhibit is on the third floor of the historic house, which is not handicap accessible.
A tasty snack enjoyed by many, peanut butter is as American as apple pie. From sandwiches to soup, the iconic food has become a staple in pantries across the U.S. Did you know that peanut butter made its first big debut here in St. Louis at the 1904 World’s Fair? Or that it was first sold in metal pails to help keep it fresh? Find out more fun facts about the history of peanut butter in From Plant to Pail: A Brief History of Peanut Butter.
See over 75 unique peanut butter pails, generously on loan from Donald and Shirley Zork.
Come explore the fascinating ways that board games reflected the changing social and economic world during The Second Industrial Revolution. On display will be a selection of games from the museum’s collection ranging from 1850-1950. Afterwards, learn how to play or challenge a friend in the hands-on section.
Upcoming Museum Exhibits
Let’s Play Ball!: Historic Games of America’s Favorite Pastime – Coming July 20, 2018 – January 2019
Stop in and explore games based on America’s favorite sport, baseball! From card games to board games and all those in between, Let’s Play Ball!: Games of America’s Favorite Pastime is a home run for the whole family.
Don’t forget to back to learn more about our exhibit opening!
Holding Court: The Nobility of the Liberty of London Doll Collection – Coming October 6, 2018 – December 30, 2018
From Henry VIII and his six wives to the 1953 coronation set of Queen Elizabeth II, Holding Court will showcase many figures from British royalty created by the Liberty of London Company. Learn more about these amazing hand-sewn dolls and the aristocracy that inspired them in our upcoming exhibit, Holding Court: The Nobility of the Liberty of London Doll Collection.