Famous Women of St. Louis – Mini-Exhibit
April 2019 – September 2, 2019
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.
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 Wonderful World of Collecting: The Disneyana of Don and Shirley Zork
February 2019 – August 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.
Not just bedcovers, quilts were made with careful consideration. Whether commemorating personal events, remembering friends, broadcasting social status, or displaying skill, quilts often provide details of a woman’s life that would otherwise have been lost to time. They act as important representations of the American spirit in art, worthy of recognition and regard. Motifs and practices shown throughout the history of fine art can be found in abundance in these carefully crafted textiles, as both a continuance of past styles and a precursor to artistic movements that would not be popularized for decades to come.
Threads of Society: American Quilts and the Stories They Tell showcases selections from the Field House Museum’s collection of quilts dating from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The exhibition explores the story of quilting in American society, with a focus on the recognition of quilts as historic and artistic materials.
House Decorations for Holidays
It is once again that time of year when the Field House Museum is taken over by holiday cheer and décor. We are pulling out all the stops this year as we ambitiously strive to take the holiday display to new levels with toys from across the generations everywhere in the museum. We cannot wait to see all the splendor of what the holiday season brings to the museum.
Liberty of London Dolls at the Maplewood Library
November 26 to January 5
London is calling again! After receiving numerous requests to place the popular Liberty of London Dolls exhibit back on display we have decided to do so, but with a twist. The display this year will be split between the Maplewood Library and the Field House Museum.
We are excited to take a new exhibit to the library again this year and hope that it brings new patrons to the museum. These dolls present a unique perspective of British history and offer a glimpse into a nation that spread its empire across the globe.
Plastic Playground: Plastic Toys from the 1950s to 1970s
The Field House Museum wants you to experience our fun exhibit, Plastic Playground. This exhibit showcases classic toys made of plastic from the 1950s to 1970s and takes adults back to their childhood. Fisher Price, GI Joe and Plasticville train buildings are just a few artifacts currently on display. Let us take you back, and show a younger generation the toys that you played with when you were their age! Hurry down today, this exhibit ends October 31, 2014.
From the Library
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.