Free Events, Museum Exhibits and Events

Missouri Historical Society Sesquicentennial

When: Sat., Aug. 13, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 2016

St. Louisans are fascinated by history. The World's Fair, Lewis & Clark, Route 66 — these moments in our shared past make us who we are today. So it's not surprising that the earliest St. Louisans shared the same passion. In 1866 a group of concerned citizens met at the Old Courthouse to figure out the best way to preserve the stories and artifacts from the city's earliest days. Those 47 people voted to found a historical society. One hundred and fifty years later, we're still benefiting from that decision. The Missouri Historical Society operates the outstanding Missouri History Museum and its vital Library and Research Center, maintaining our links to the past and helping us understand why it matters. The Missouri Historical Society celebrates 150 years of hard work and enlightenment today from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Missouri History Museum (Lindell Boulevard and DeBaliviere Avenue; www.mohistory.org). There will be tours of the museum, scavenger hunts, a special presentation on the early days of the society's work and its continuing endeavors, and cake (while it lasts). Admission is free.

Paul Friswold

Price: free admission