#DrinkupTweetupSTL with Distilled History

Distilled History

We’re once again partnering with award-winning local blog Distilled History – click to check them out.

Friday, September 26, 2014
5:00 to 7:30 p.m.
(swing by after work)
at the Campbell House Museum
Downtown STL at the corner of 15th and Locust

We had so much fun at least year’s #drinkuptweetupSTL that we though we’d give it another whirl, but bigger and better. Once again we’ll have delicious food courtesy of Maya Cafe in Maplewood and beer courtesy of hometown brewer Schlafly. Check out what else is going on below:

Live Music

We are very excited to welcome St. Louis sensation Typhoon Jackson to the CHM stage (that’s our show biz term for the east side of the garden). They’ve been seen all over the place throughout the past year, serving as the house band for the Gateway Arch’s Summer Flicks and Foodies event and making appearances on the STL airwaves. We think their “backwood, down home, funky on the side” sound is going be be a great addition to our garden oasis in downtown St. Louis and the perfect backdrop to experience CHM and some distilled history!

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Typhoon Jackson. Did we mention their drummer is our Weekend Manager, David? He’s kind of a big deal.

 

Rad Raffle

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Sterling silver cup that once belonged to President Ulysses S. Grant, today in the collection of CHM. (look close and you can see ‘USG’ engraved on the side)

Alright, so “rad” is probably not the word that comes to mind when you’re thinking about raffles. BUT this one is. We’ll have tickets for sale and drawings throughout the night for great prizes from Urban Chestnut, Schlafly, Distilled History and the Campbell House. However, it’s the Grand Prize that really takes the cake. The final drawing of the night will give one lucky winner the chance to take a swig of their favorite brew from a sterling silver cup that once belonged to President Ulysses S. Grant himself. You read that right. You (yes you) can drink from the same cup as the man who helped to end the Civil War, hung out with Abraham Lincoln and Robert Campbell, and served as the 18th President of the United States of America (and let’s be real, he was no lightweight himself).

Campbell Brews

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Ginny’s House Party Ale, honoring our main lady Virginia Campbell. Just one of the Campbell brews we’ll have that night!

We’re really excited about this addition to #drinkuptweetupSTL. Our friend Cameron at Distilled History has brewed up specialty Campbell-themed brews complete with custom labels featuring six members of the Campbell family. We’ll have some available to drink that night, and there will also be a special edition 6-pack or two included in the raffle!

It’s Free

Really, truly. The food is on us, the drinks are on us. Just come out, see some history, and have a grand old time with Distilled History and the Campbell House Museum. The only thing we ask is that our under-21 friends sit this one out.

We hope to see you there! Be sure to join our event on Facebook and help us get the word out!

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New Discoveries at CHM

Cabinet found in the CHM basement..

Cabinet found in the CHM basement..

Just when we’re starting to think we have this whole “restoration of a 163 year old house” thing figured out, something comes out of the woodwork and makes us realize we don’t know quite everything there is to know about the Campbells and their beautiful home.  In this case it was a cabinet originally located in the Butler’s Pantry hall.  This area has always been a little bare, not much more than a breezeway providing access into the dining room from the kitchen.  If you’ve been through the house in the last few years, you probably haven’t even noticed the area because it’s been blocked by a screen with the enclosed space used for storage.

A few months ago, two of our volunteers were doing some cleaning and organizing in the Campbell House basement when they found part of a sturdy cabinet that was obviously from the mid-19th century, which was curious.  The kicker was that, once the decades of dust was wiped off, they could see beautiful faux-wood graining that perfectly matched the original faux-graining found in the CHM pantry.  Some more digging uncovered a glass-paneled cabinet door and another slightly larger solid door.  After doing some examining, the cabinet was found to have a swing-out doorstop attached to its top which just happened to perfectly matched a worn down patch at the top of the kitchen door (coincidentally, we usually have a tough time getting that particular door to stay open) and its base was cut precisely to fit on top of the baseboard that runs the length of the hallway.  It was a “holy cannoli” moment, to say the least.

Swing-out door stop at the top of the rediscovered cabinet.

Swing-out door stop at the top of the rediscovered cabinet.

Our best guess is that the cabinet was broken apart and removed from the hallway in the 1960s, when the Butler’s Pantry was converted into a small catering kitchen used by the Museum for parties and special events.  The idea of tearing out an original part of the house in order to put in a modern kitchen might sound a little jarring to us today, but attitudes toward preservation have evolved a lot over the past fifty years.  Heck, you should see some of the wallpaper they put up in this place pre-restoration (#yikes.)  Regardless, the cabinet was broken up, taken down to the basement, and has been hanging out there ever since.

That is, until last week.  Though some framing for the cabinet had to be reconstructed, we had the important stuff: doors, hardware, trim, and the original faux graining.  The space that has for so long sat empty has finally been reunited with its original fixture, and we can’t wait for our friends at Master Artisans to restore the original graining and recreate the delicate design on the newly-constructed portions of the cabinet.  Click through below to check out the finished product!

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Meet the Interns » Anna

Intern Anna! Click her image to learn more about internships with the Campbell House Museum.

Intern Anna! Click her image to learn more about internships with the Campbell House Museum.

It’s time for the last (but certainly not least) member of our crew of interns this summer – Anna!  She’s been with us since the beginning of the summer and unfortunately is leaving us next week to head back to school for the Fall semester.  We’ve had a blast working with her and she’s been doing some incredible work on some of the Museum’s digital initiatives – meet Anna!

What are you studying and where?  Computer Science and Art History at Truman State University (editorial note: How cool is that?! – can you think of two more completely different majors?!  Luckily her diverse skillset been a huge help here at CHM as we deal with tech issues and some other neat projects.)

Why Campbell House?  It is an amazing place and it gave me the opportunity to use both of my majors.

What are you working on at CHM?  I am creating a virtual 3D model of the Lucas Place neighborhood (Campbell House was the first house built on Lucas Place and today is the last original structure remaining) using the Virtual City platform and doing some work on CHM’s website.

When you aren’t having a blast at Campbell House, what are you doing?  I’ve been working on my summer classes in Contemporary Art and Macroeconomics, volunteering at the St. Louis Art Museum, and hanging out with friends. (one of whom is fellow intern and fellow Truman State-er Jamie)

A snapshot of Anna's work on the Virtual City project - using Google Maps, she's constructing a virtual model of the Lucas Place neighborhood  using period photographs of the street's structures. (click to get a closer look)

A snapshot of Anna’s work on the Virtual City project – using Google Maps, she’s constructing a virtual model of the Lucas Place neighborhood using period photographs of the street’s structures. (click to get a closer look)

What is your favorite thing about CHM thus far?  Tours through the house, I love all of the history of the house, the family and the neighborhood.

iPhone or Android?  Android

Favorite color?  Green

Favorite band?  Led Zepplin

Little know fact about yourself?  I have backpacked the Grand Canyon twice!

If you could have had the starring role in one film already made, what movie would you pick and why?  “Singing in the Rain” because then I’d be tap dancing machine!

 


And that, ladies and gentlemen, concludes our “Meet the Interns” series for the Summer of 2014. We’ve had a blast getting to know and work with such a diverse and engaging group of students over the past few months and can’t wait to see where their futures take them! Campbell House is now accepting applications for Fall 2014 interns – please visit our website for more information on student internships and other volunteer opportunities.

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CHM Summer 2014 Interns from left to right: Jamie, Amanda, Rachel, and Anna

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Meet the Interns » Rachel

Intern Rachel! Click her image to learn more about internships at the Campbell House Museum.

Intern Rachel! Click her image to learn more about internships at the Campbell House Museum.

Meet Rachel – CHM’s third summer intern.  She’s originally from St. Louis, but this summer Rachel came all the way from RIT in Rochester, New York to spend a couple months with us (which we think is pretty snazzy) and has been doing some great work with our collection!

What are you studying and where?  I’m studying Museum Studies and Hospitality Management and Tourism (try saying that three times fast!) at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in Rochester, New York.

Why Campbell House?  I thought it would be an interesting place to work and learn about the history of the Campbells.  Even though CHM is small, it has a lot of treasures worth seeing!

What are you working on at CHM?  I’m working on the annual collections inventory – I go through every room armed with a laptop and three notepads to ensure that the inventory is up to date.  I account for every object in CHM’s collection.

When you aren’t having a blast at Campbell House, what are you doing?  Video games, reading, mulling about characters from TV shows (I just started watching Orange is the New Black on Netflix!)

What is your favorite thing about CHM thus far?  Seeing the objects up close in person – it’s interesting how some objects have different physical appearances from the 1800s compared to the ones in this century.

One of the THOUSANDS of objects Rachel has inventoried this summer. The inventory is no small task - everything from the smallest spoons to the largest pieces of furniture have to be accounted for and their collections files have to be updated to reflect new locations, additions, and conditions.

One of the THOUSANDS of objects Rachel has inventoried this summer. The inventory is no small task – everything from the smallest spoons to the largest pieces of furniture have to be accounted for and their collections files have to be updated to reflect new locations, additions, and conditions.

iPhone or Android?  Android.

Favorite color?  Purple.

Favorite band?  The Beatles.

Little know fact about yourself?  I can wiggle my ears!

Which of Snow White’s Seven Dwarfs describes you best and why?  Happy describes me best because I’m an optimistic person.  I like to make people happy even if it’s just listening to them rant about things.

Want to check out some of the fun stuff Rachel has been working with this Summer?  The Campbell collection is fully accessible online!  Click here to access object files and get the dirt on your favorite Campbell goodies.

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Meet the Interns » Amanda

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Intern Amanda! Click her image to learn more about internships at the Campbell House Museum.

Next up on Campbell House’s roster of summer interns is Amanda, who’s staying in St. Louis for the summer in order to work on some great projects with us.  Though she’s originally from the Metro-East, her family moved down south several years ago and we’re happy to welcome her back to her hometown!  Amanda is also our resident sports enthusiast, most recently keeping us in the loop on Team USA’s performance in the World Cup with a snazzy live-feed app on her phone that had us cheering and jeering for most of the afternoon.

What are you studying and where? I’m working on my Masters in Public History at North Carolina State University.

Why Campbell House? The Museum’s website had great images and I am interested in the house’s time period.

What are you working on at CHM? Currently, lots of reading.  I’m also doing an inventory/survey of the Museum’s archive.

When you aren’t having a blast at Campbell House, what are you doing? Reading by a pool or visiting historic sites and attractions throughout St. Louis.

As a side note: don't mess with Amanda.  She's always armed with a super-sharp pencil (the electric sharpener has been used more in the past few weeks than it's probably ever been used before).

As a side note: don’t mess with Amanda.  She’s always armed with a super-sharp pencil (the electric sharpener has been used more in the past few weeks than it’s probably ever been used before).

What is your favorite thing about CHM so far? Learning more about my hometown’s history and meeting like-minded individuals.

iPhone or Android? iPhone.

Favorite color? Green.

Favorite band? Mumford & Sons.

Little known fact about yourself? College football is my favorite sport.

If you could be one for just 24 hours, what cereal box cartoon character would you be? Why? Captain Crunch, because then I would own a boat and get to wear a cool hat.

 

 

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