CultureHistory

Schankman’s St. Louis: What’s Inside the Campbell House Museum?

The Campbell House draws visitors from all over the world and gets rave reviews on Trip Advisor. This story gives you an armchair tour of this amazing landmark.

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In Her Own Words: Civil Rights Activist Frankie Freeman

Frankie Muse Freeman spent her life fighting discrimination and helped to establish many civil rights policies.

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CultureHistory

Hero: Adolphus Thaddeus Watson, 100 year-old WWII Veteran

This is the inspirational story of a true American Hero and the last surviving WWII soldier of the U.S. Army 351st Artillery Unit, Thaddeus Adolphus Watson.

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EducationHistory

28 Ways to Celebrate Black History Month

Celebrate Black History Month with these twenty-eight ideas, one for each day of February, that recognize the heritage, accomplishments, and culture of African Americans in the United States.

CultureHistory

Schankman’s St. Louis: Treasures from the Goldenrod Showboat

Many people assumed when the Goldenrod Showboat caught fire in 2017, it was lost forever.
But many of the showboat’s most historic items were saved and stored.

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BooksHistory

A One on One Conversation with Author Nick Bunker on his Latest Novel “Young Benjamin Franklin”

Paul Schankman talks with author Nick Bunker about his book, Young Benjamin Franklin, offering readers a fascinating look at the youth of this founding father.

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EducationHistory

A Suprise Out of this World for the Festus High School Rocketry Club Champions

Festus High School Rocketry Club spends an inspiring day at the Space Museum in Bonne Terre with McDonnell Aircraft (NASA Mercury & Gemini Missions) Engineers.

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A New Leaf: Reimagining Henry Shaw’s Museum

After more than a century of decline, Henry Shaw’s museum is once again the Missouri Botanical Garden’s gallery, thanks to a multi-million-dollar restoration.

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Behind the Scenes of the Gateway Arch National Park Renovations

When the Gateway Arch National Park showed off its impressive new look on July 3, HEC was there. In a series of behind-the-scenes segments on hecmedia.org, we looked at the new museum and Arch Grounds as well as the the National Park Service’s plans for the park. That day was a long time coming. The […]

ArtsCultureHistory

Going Renegade: Renegade Tours of St. Louis

Renegade Tours explores a different side of St. Louis with fresh, original, off-beat tours.

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The Best of Us: 100 Seasons of Muny Magic

HEC presents a tribute to everyone’s favorite theatre under the stars!

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EducationHistory

Get A Personal Tour Of The New Gateway Arch Museum

The Chief of Museum Services and Interpretation at Gateway Arch National Park gave us a full tour of the new museum, which was still under construction.

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EducationHistory

Everything You Need To Know About The Gateway Arch National Park Renovations

The Gateway Arch is about ready to show off its new look after massive renovations. We gained the behind the scenes look at those renovations.

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EducationHistory

A Declaration and a Mystery

At Washington University in St. Louis you’ll find a copy of the Declaration of Independence and a collection of Thomas Jefferson’s books. Both have some mystery.

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Muny Memories at the Missouri History Museum

In celebration of a century of amazing theater in Forest Park, the Missouri History Museum presents Muny Memories: 100 Seasons Onstage.

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History

An American Home: Frank Lloyd Wright’s B. Harley Bradley House

By: Tom Desch, Director Frank Lloyd Wright has been the subject of countless books, articles, and documentary films. Even the masterful documentarian Ken Burns produced a two-part production about the great architect. So what on Earth could I possibly have to add to the conversation about Frank Lloyd Wright? Well, I had never given it […]

EducationHistory

The Last Interview with Frankie Freeman, Civil Rights Icon

Frankie Muse Freeman was a civil rights icon who served as the lead counsel in the landmark 1954 case Davis et al. v. the St. Louis Housing Authority, which ended legal racial discrimination in public housing. She was the rst woman appointed to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and was later inducted into the […]

History

New year, new look for MHS

The Missouri Historical Society (MHS), which operates the Missouri History Museum, the Library & Research Center and the Soldiers Memorial Military Museum, is rebranding itself. MHS, founded in 1866,  has been doing business as the Missouri History Museum for more than a decade. With the addition of the Soldiers Memorial Military Museum opening Nov. 3, […]

ArtsHappening NowHistory

Drawing in 19th Century Japan at the Pulitzer

Living Proof is the latest exhibition from the Pulitzer Arts Foundation in St. Louis and features drawings from 19th century Japanese artists.

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History

St. Louis’ Startup Scene is Really Taking Off

By Amanda Honigfort, Special Projects and Programs Producer What do you think when asked what and who St. Louis is? Do you by any chance think tech and startup hub? If so, let’s solidify that idea. If not, keep reading and see if I can change your mind. Where to begin? Well, there was that […]

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World War I at Missouri History Museum

World War I: Missouri and the Great War at Missouri History Museum explores the vital roles the men and women of St. Louis played in WWI.

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EducationHistory

Everything You Need to Know About the Women’s Strike on March 8

  The Women’s March on Washington—and its international counterparts—was one of the most extensive and powerful demonstrations of social activism in modern history. And if what’s planned for International Women’s Day is any indicator, there are no signs of this type of action slowing down. On March 8 women around the world will remove themselves […]

EducationHistoryMusic

How Music Moved the Movement: Civil Rights and the Blues

By Kristy Houle, Educational Opportunities Coordinator Blues music traces its roots to the spirituals, work songs, and chants of African-American culture, and many of its best-known and earliest artists were African-American. As such, both Blues and Jazz music played an important role in the Civil Rights movement, which hit its peak in the 1960s. The […]

Community & CultureHistory

History in the First Person: Music Moved the Movement: Civil Rights and the Blues (Afternoon Program)

Interact with civil rights activists and Blues musicians to explore how the power of Blues music affected, and was affected by, America’s Civil Rights movement.

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Community & CultureHistory

History in the First Person: Music Moved the Movement: Civil Rights and the Blues (Morning Program)

Interact with civil rights activists and Blues musicians to explore how the power of Blues music affected, and was affected by, America’s Civil Rights movement.

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CultureHistory

History in the First Person: Music Moved the Movement: Civil Rights and the Blues (Afternoon Program)

Interact with civil rights activists and Blues musicians to explore how the power of Blues music affected, and was affected by, America’s Civil Rights movement.

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EducationHistoryScience & Technology

St. Louis’ Long History of Invention

St. Louis is no stranger to invention. Past and present, HEC spotlights a few inventors and their inventions.

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Explore! Inventions

By Kristy Houle, Educational Opportunities Coordinator Inventions big and small can change the way we live. The majority of great inventions happen in the most unexpected of ways. Take, for example, the story of Tim Leatherman. As a young man, Tim always carried a simple Boy Scout pocketknife with him everywhere he went. One night […]

ArtsCommunity & CultureHistory

Black History Mural at Better Family Life

Better Family Life in St. Louis unveiled their “Art and Empowerment” mural, which is the largest Black History Mural in Missouri, painted by artist, Gonz Jove.

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History

History in the First Person: Veterans Day 2016

Take your study of America in war to the veterans who fought in them. Interact with veterans from World War II and from today’s world conflicts.

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ArtsCommunity & CultureHistory

The Missouri History Museum Explores Historic Route 66

Sharon Smith, the Curator of Civic and Personal Identity at the Missouri History Museum, discusses the new Route 66 exhibit.

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History

History in the First Person: Bobby Rush King of the Chitlin’ Circuit

King of the Chitlin’ Circuit, Bobby Rush talks about the tough times touring the circuit during the 1950’s and how so much has changed for him today.

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Community & CultureHistory

Irish History: Unearthed

Life in 13th century Ireland, which was once a mystery, is about to be discovered in a first-of-its-kind archeological dig, documented exclusively by HEC-TV.

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Women’s History Month on HEC-TV

By Amber Hirsch, Communications Coordinator Women’s History Month stems from International Women’s Day, first held in New York in 1909. Now observed on March 8 in countries all over the world, it was originally called International Working Women’s Day to bring attention to women’s suffrage, and in remembrance of the 1908 International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ […]

History

HEC-TV celebrates Black History Month

Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S. history. The event grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated […]

EducationHistory

Black History Month 2016: 15 Interesting Facts About Famous African-Americans And The February Celebration

    Are you ready to learn? Black History Month begins in the U.S. Monday, and the observance, celebrating African-Americans’ achievements and contributions to the country, runs throughout February. Although some chapters of the national story are famous — such as the one centered on Jackie Robinson’s debut as the first black Major League Baseball player […]

History

Longtime criminal defense attorney and “I Love Jazz” host Don Wolff dies

  Don Wolff had many passions in life. From the pursuit of justice as one of St. Louis’ top defense attorneys, to fighting for peace for the disadvantaged as an advocate for organizations such as Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Urban League, Wolff never let any of his passions fall by the wayside. However, […]

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Saint Louis Art Museum marks Gateway Arch anniversary with ‘St. Louis Modern’

  The Saint Louis Art Museum has outdone itself with a major gift to the St. Louis Gateway Arch for its 50th birthday. The gift is the museum’s new exhibit, St. Louis Modern, which is fitting, being that the Arch is of itself, St. Louis’ modernist signature. “Planned to coincide with the 50th anniversary of […]

History

Happy 50th, Gateway Arch! (Now available in gold.)

By Jim Suhr – Associated Press ST. LOUIS (AP) – A half century ago, workers gingerly hoisted into place the final of 142 stainless steel sections of the 630-foot-tall Gateway Arch – the shimmering tribute to President Thomas Jefferson and pioneers for whom St. Louis served as a gateway to the West. The world’s tallest arch […]

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SLU professor changing Irish history

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Saint Louis University archaeologists are getting some high-tech help from drones and other gadgets. History professor Thomas Finan says drones, along with high-speed computer applications and mapping software, are combining with sensors that can collect multi-spectral image. For nearly 20 years, Finan has taken students on archaeological digs at a number […]

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