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.
Countless St. Louis women change lives every day, and a fortunate few make headlines in doing so. From groundbreaking entertainers to stunning legal minds, the Gateway to the West boasts ties to some of history’s most remarkable women. Whether they spent their childhood in one of our historic neighborhoods or accomplished remarkable feats here as adults, our beloved city has fostered growth, inspired action, and encouraged dreams. These 18 phenomenal women are just the beginning.
Did you know that the Eugene Field Library has exhibits too?
Upcoming Museum Exhibits
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.