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Museum Displays

All museum displays are located in the exhibit hall.

St. Louis: Capital City of the Fur West

Thursday, April 16 only

Fur trade AssemblySt. Louis was founded as a fur trade city in 1764 by French merchants to renew Indian alliances in the Missouri River Valley and to alleviate the economic depression in New Orleans following the Seven Years' War. From Osage deerskin producers of the 18th century, to "beaver men" and buffalo hunters in the 1800s, to global corporations from 1900-1960, St. Louis consistently ranked as one of the world's great fur capitals, ever evolving to meet changing consumer demands.
This exhibit features furs and rare artifacts from the extensive collection of Dr. J. Frederick Fausz, a history professor at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Many of these items will be loaned to the National Park Service for placement in the new Museum of Westward Expansion under the Gateway Arch.
Well-known for his scholarly publications on the early English Chesapeake and French St. Louis, Dr. Fausz has also delivered show-and-tell public lectures to popular audiences for twenty years—driving his "Museum on Wheels" over 13,000 miles in six states during the Lewis & Clark Bicentennial. He was the lead organizer and program chair for the 2006 North American Fur Trade Conference held in St. Louis and has received numerous awards for excellence in writing and teaching.


Thrill Seekers: The Rise of Men's Magazines

"Thrill Seekers: The Rise of Men's Magazines" charts the growth of men's magazines from the 1940s to the 1960s. Drawing from collections in Washington University's Modern Graphic History Library, this exhibit features artwork of some of the most prominent men's magazines of the mid-twentieth century, such as Esquire, Playboy, Sports Illustrated, and Fortune, as well as lesser-known pulp fiction and girlie magazines. Artists featured include Al Parker, Robert Weaver, Ernest Trova, Robert Andrew Parker, and Cliff Condak, among others.


National History Day: The Next Generation of Scholars

Thursday, April 16—Saturday, April 18
Student demonstrations Thursday, April 16, 5:00 pm—7:00 pm and Friday, April 17, 11:00 am—2:30 pm

Help welcome National History Day in Missouri students to the Organization of American Historians!
National History Day in Missouri is a unique opportunity for students in grades six through twelve to explore the past in a creative, hands-on way. While producing a documentary, exhibit, paper, performance, or website, they become experts on topics that they choose. More than 3,000 NHD students cultivate real-world skills each year by learning how to collaborate with team members, talk to specialists, manage their time, and set and meet goals. A select group is excited by the opportunity to now share their work with you.
Visit the National History Day in Missouri student showcase during the conference to see Missouri's top NHD exhibits and documentaries. You will even have the chance to meet some of these innovative students, hear about their experiences, and share your advice about navigating college and career as they prepare to step into your classrooms, libraries, and cultural sites.
"I grew fascinated with history and learned valuable tools for research and composition." -Sawyer J., St. Louis, MO
"National History Day is an amazing program. It has helped me gain confidence in myself and find my passion for history." -Zoe H., Kansas City, MO
We appreciate your willingness to provide leadership and encouragement to these students during the conference. Thank you for inviting them to be part of the OAH community.


Gateway to History: Selections from the St. Louis LGBT History Project

The St. Louis LGBT History Project will tell the story of the Gateway City's diverse and vibrant queer past through exhibit panels and artifacts that document activism/politics, arts/entertainment, religion, business, famous residents, and everyday life.


Selections from the Washington University Special Collections including Eyes on Ferguson

An exhibition of culturally and historical taboo materials from the Washington University Special Collections. 
In response to witnessing the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, following the police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown, Jr., professor and writer Jenali Cobb said, "It was like I was watching Eyes on the Prize." This sentiment was echoed throughout the St. Louis community and the nation as images of militarized police tear-gassing protestors became ubiquitous. Featuring content from the documentary series, Eyes on the Prize, which resides in the Washington University Libraries' Henry Hampton Collection, and the Libraries' newly established Documenting Ferguson digital repository, this exhibit brings together images representing both past and present movements for civil equality. ​