St. Louis History

The WWI Diary of Captain Levi H. Fuson of Base Hospital 21

By Miranda Rectenwald on June 4, 2015

From Missouri Over There: Exploring Missouri’s Role in WWI: “In 1915, Levi H. Fuson was one of 29 to graduate from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. Of the 29 graduates, 24 went on to serve in World War I as commissioned medical officers. Fuson was t...

May 6, 1970

By Miranda Rectenwald on May 6, 2015

May 2015 marks an important anniversary in the history of America’s war in Viet Nam, and the counterculture protests that occurred across the United States, and especially on college campuses — including the campus of Washington University in St. Louis. This image (below) of four stud...

A Thin Black Line

By Miranda Rectenwald on April 8, 2015

One of the beautiful things about archive collections are the serendipitous moments when you just happen upon something.  That was the case for how I came across this letter from Eleanore Roosevelt, written to her good friend in St. Louis. Dated May 18, 1945 the letter is typed on mourning statio...

Season’s Greetings

By Sonya Rooney on December 23, 2014

Season’s Greetings from Jen, Miranda, and Sonya at University Archives.

A Woman to be Celebrated: Edna Gellhorn

By Karisa Tavassoli, WU Class of 2016 on November 12, 2014

Edna Fischel Gellhorn (1878-1970) worked as an active member of the Women’s Central Committee on Food Conservation, Consumer’s Milk Commission, Smoke Elimination Committee, American Association of University Women, United Nations Association, the National Municipal League, St. Louis U...

Using Visual Primary Sources

By Miranda Rectenwald on October 29, 2014

A close visual “reading” of photographs and other visual materials is an excellent activity for students of all levels, from K-12 to higher education.  This focuses students on seeing what is there (and not there) and then considering critically what it means — this could be  do...

Some Sidelights on the Steedman Fellowship, its Benefactors and its Beneficiaries

By Esley Hamilton, architectural historian on September 3, 2014

An entertaining article about Victor Gilbertson appeared in the Fall/Winter 2013 issue of The Confluence, the regional studies journal of Lindenwood University.  ” ‘Everything May Yet Turn Out All Right’: An Architect’s Adventures in 1939-40 Europe,” by Miranda Rectenwald, tells how G...

A Fair 4th of July

By Miranda Rectenwald on July 4, 2014

St. Louis & a Fair 4th of July Fireworks, parades, and fair festivities have a long history in St. Louis, although for much of the 19th century the largest events were held in the Fall, rather than the height of summer.   And while today’s Fair St. Louis parade and events are held ...

Washington University Alumni Day at the World’s Fair: 100 Years Ago

By Lillian Blotkamp, Graduate Student worker on June 16, 2014

June 16th, 1904, Commencement Day, was designated by the World’s Fair authorities as Washington University Alumni Day. The Alumni Bulletin of 1904 called for “a general rallying of all friends of the University in Festival Hall” and noted that “this hall seats 3,500, and it is desired that it be ...

Happy Birthday St. Louis

By MGHL Staff on February 20, 2014

The City of St. Louis turns 250 years old during 2014.  Since historians do not know the official date of the city’s founding, it was decided to start the year-long celebration this February.  In honor of this celebration, Modern Graphic History Library, a part of Washington University in S...