Category Archives: St. Louis History

Country Folk and City Slickers

We tend to focus on history within the boundaries of St. Louis City here on the blog, but St. Louis County residents rejoice! This one’s for you. Last year the Campbell House started a collaborative lecture series with the Historic Hanley House in Clayton, Missouri and we’re continuing the series next Wednesday.

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Top: Lucas Place neighborhood at the western edge of St. Louis City in mid-19th century. Bottom: Hanley House in St. Louis County around the same time period.

What makes a CHM/HH collaboration so neat is that, even though both houses are located in the midst of bustling urban centers today, back in the mid-19th century St. Louis City and County could not have been more different. The Campbells’ 1851 townhouse sat in the Lucas Place neighborhood at the very western edge of mid-19th century St. Louis City (today, it’s smack dab in the middle of town). The Hanley’s country farmhouse was considerably farther out, a full day’s journey from the city center (if that’s not living in the boonies, we don’t know what is). But despite this major difference, there are actually some interesting parallels between the Campbell and Hanley families and their homes. Here are just a few:

  • Our main man Robert Campbell was born in 1804 and died in 1879. Martin Hanley, namesake of the Hanley House, was born ten years after Robert in 1814 and also died in 1879.
  • Hanley House was built in 1855 in the Greek Revival style, imitating the grand plantation houses of the South. Campbell House was built four years earlier in 1851. It’s also considered a Greek Revival (as well as Early Victorian) style house because of the columns framing its front door and its roof-line ornamentation.
  • Martin Hanley and his wife Cyrene had 11 children, 10 of whom survived to adulthood. Robert and Virginia Campbell had 13 children, 10 of whom died in childhood.
  • The Hanley family sided with the Confederacy during the American Civil War. Robert Campbell sided with the North as a Conditional Unionist, believing that the Union should be preserved with slavery intact. Both men were slave owners, and the Hanley family could be somewhat vocal about their secessionist views since  they lived far away from the city center. Robert had to tread more lightly, in some ways straddling the fence between Northern and Southern sympathies, in order to stay in good graces with his neighbors and political friends in the city.
  • Martin Hanley helped establish Clayton as the St. Louis County seat after the city/county split in 1876, donating four acres of his own land. Robert Campbell, in addition to owning large tracts of land in St. Louis City and County, was one of the founding landowners of Kansas City, MO and El Paso, TX.
  • The Hanley House was continuously occupied by members of the Hanley family from the time of its construction through 1968, when it was purchased by the City of Clayton and turned into a museum. The Campbell House was continuously occupied by members of the Campbell family from the time they moved in in 1854 through 1938 when the last Campbell son passed away, opening as museum shortly thereafter.

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Pretty interesting, right? Well now that we’ve got you hooked, here’s our shameless plug. Join us a week from today, Wednesday January 28 at 7:00 p.m. at the Church of St. Michael & St. George in Clayton for a more in-depth discussion of the parallels between the city slicker Campbells and country folk Hanleys. Campbell House Executive Director Andy Hahn will be joining Hanley House Curator to discuss medical practices in urban vs. rural 19th century St. Louis (and perhaps offering clues as to why the Hanley children survived and so many of the Campbell kids did not). For more information, see below or call the Clayton Century Foundation at (314) 290-8553. We hope to see you there!

Treating the Sick in St. Louis City & County
Wednesday, January 28 at 7:00 p.m.
Church of St. Michael & St. George
(Great Hall)
6345 Wydown Blvd in Clayton, MO

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STL Holiday Historic House Tour – THIS THURSDAY!

Get in the spirit of the hol­i­days in high style by vis­it­ing five of St. Louis’ finest his­toric homes and build­ings. For one night only, get the chance to expe­ri­ence the Camp­bell House Museum, Eugene Field House and St. Louis Toy Museum, Chatillon-DeMenil House, Samuel Cup­ples House at St. Louis Uni­ver­sity and Old Cour­t­house, each decked out in their fes­tive fin­ery. Each stop along the way will fea­ture light hol­i­day refresh­ments and enter­tain­ment. Many loca­tions also have gift shops to help you with your hol­i­day shopping!

Par­tic­i­pants can tour the loca­tions on continuously-running char­ter buses that will shut­tle them from stop to stop or may opt to take a self-guided tour. To pur­chase tour tick­ets, call the Camp­bell House Museum at (314) 421‑0325 or click here to pur­chase tick­etsTime is running out! We hope to see you there!

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Don’t be a scrooge! Join us for the St. Louis Holiday Historic House Tour!

 

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Giving Tuesday 2014

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Click here to make a gift in support of the Campbell House Museum.

After the hustle and bustle of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, today is Giving Tuesday – a nationwide movement to increase awareness and support for charitable organizations during the holiday season.

The Campbell House Museum might not be the first place to come to mind when you think “Charity”. After all, so many of our wonderful museums in the St. Louis area are supported by tax dollars and through government funding and thus are guaranteed a constant stream of revenue. CHM, however, is entirely privately funded and it’s only through the generosity of folks like you that we’ve been able to serve the St. Louis community for the past 71 years. A gift in support of the nonprofit Campbell House Foundation makes it possible for us to continue to serve hundreds of children in your schools, collaborate with other small area museums and keep up the Campbell House as one of the best restored 19th century buildings in America.

Students at the Campbell House last month. Education programs are made possible only through donor support.

Students at the Campbell House last month. Education programs are made possible only through donor support.

We’d love to have your support. A gift to Campbell House on this Giving Tuesday shows a commitment to St. Louis historic preservation and education and makes a strong statement that CHM is worth giving some of your hard-earned dollars. Please click here to make a donation quickly and securely online, call the Museum at (314) 421-0325 to donate over the phone or mail to 1508 Locust Street, St. Louis, MO 63103.

So, thank you from Robert and Virginia and all of us at CHM. Please come and see us soon!

The Campbell House Museum is owned and operated by the Campbell House Foundation, Inc., a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization. 

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