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.
A picture is worth a thousand words, but an illustration brings imagination to life. Sparking creativity and creating worlds of wonderment, the picture book brings substance to fiction, all while subtly teaching morals and life lessons to its readers. Illustrating the Words: The Artistry of the Picture Book showcases original illustrations of both classic and contemporary children’s books. Let your creativity come alive as you wander through over 40 pieces of artwork adorning the walls of the Field House Museum.
Illustrating the Words: The Artistry of the Picture Book contains artwork generously on loan from Mr. Ed Nickels and Mr. & Mrs. Donald Zork.
For over the last 600 years paper engineering has astonished and entertained the world, becoming more than just a tool of science. Transforming from the simple movement of two pieces of paper sliding against each other, to the springs and motions of today’s movables, the pop-up element continues to entertain. Pop-In for Pop-Ups: A Peek at the Popular Book focuses on the artwork and mechanisms of movable books. Here you will find artistic pop-ups for children and adults dating from the late 19th century to the present day. From the basic designs of Benjamin and Geraldine Clyne of Jolly Jump-Ups, to the mastery of Robert Sabuda, all evolutions of the pop-up are represented by the artwork on display.
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Upcoming Museum Exhibits
Look for our more information about our upcoming exhibits:
From Caricature to Celebration: A Brief History of African-American Dolls – Opening February 2018
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 radical stereotypes through the years of assimilation and early acceptance.
Let’s Play Ball!: Historic Games of America’s Favorite Pastime – Coming in 2018
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 homerun for the whole family.