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Picture Yourself in St. Louis History—#PictureYourselfSTL

LouisThe Campbells didn’t have smart phones, and of course never took selfies. But we bet Robert and Virginia would pull out a selfie stick now, especially since they could win some great prizes by doing so in their own house! This Labor Day Weekend kicks off a special collaboration between the Campbell House Museum and eighteen other cultural institutions, and all you have to do to take part is visit us and photograph yourself.

The new Missouri History Museum exhibit, “A Walk in 1875 St. Louis,” links area historic sites that share a mission of preserving and telling the story of St. Louis.

Each participating location has two picture frames for hand-held use by visitors. Five locations will receive a larger “hub” picture frame and two hand-held versions – the Missouri History Museum, the Forest Park Visitor Center, The Old Courthouse, the Susan Blow Kindergarten and the Missouri Botanical Garden.


Hanley House

Visitors will be invited to take their pictures in and around the frames showing a distinctive background inside the attractions, and distribute their images via social media. An Instagram hashtag, and a web page on the Missouri History Museum site will be available where visitors can post their “historic” pictures with #PictureYourselfSTL or @missourihistorymuseum. Visitors can also email their shots to

That’s it! There are monthly prize drawings, with rewards including hotel stays, attraction tickets, and more. One grand prize winner at the close of the contest wins a tintype portrait session!

The contest is open until February 14, 2016. You can visit each of the nineteen sites and take selfies at each to increase your chances, or to just enjoy a journey through 1875 St. Louis with “Louis” as your guide.

Here are the participating locations:


Ulysses Grant’s White Haven

So open up your phone’s selfie mode, and take part in all the fun and experience St. Louis in 1875!

Read more about the program in the Saint Louis Post-Dispatch.

The “Picture Yourself in St. Louis History” project has been developed and is financially supported by the Museum Innovators Group organized by the Missouri History Museum (MHM).

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#DrinkupTweetup returns to the Campbell House!

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What do you get when you combine General Ulysses S. Grant, an awesome local rock band and FREE beer and food from some of St. Louis’ best brewers and restaurants? Why, #DrinkupTweetup of course! We’re putting out the call once again to the St. Louis twitterverse to converge on the garden of the Campbell House Museum on Friday, September 25 starting at 5:00 p.m. for an evening of fun focused on St. Louis history through the lens of beer, wine and spirits. We’re partnering with Distilled History – an award winning and all around excellent blog written by Campbell House docent Cameron Collins to bring you up to speed on the ins and outs of booze’s role in the growth and evolution of St. Louis as a major Midwestern city.


Typhoon Jackson. They’re awesome.

In addition to FREE beer (provided by our pals at Urban Chestnut and Schlafly) and food, we’ll be raffling off a series of great packages including St. Louis brewery tours, six-packs of special edition Campbell House-themed home brew and history-themed outings. The grand prize? A shot of the winner’s choice from a sterling silver cup once owned by General Ulysses S. Grant – PRESENTED to the winner by Grant himself (AKA an excellent historical interpreter who will be attending in full character and costume).

Typhoon Jackson, our resident Americana/folk/blues/rock band will play the entire night, making our little corner in downtown St. Louis the place to be. This is not to be missed – help us spread the word and share your attendance using #DrinkupTweetupSTL on Twitter and “attending” our event on Facebook. Let’s make this the best one yet.

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Next up on our summer intern crew is Michael – In addition to helping us with furniture repair projects, heavy lifting and power washing in the garden, Michael has been hard at work for the last few weeks giving tours and working on a special Campbell-centric research project. Meet Michael!


Intern Michael! Visit him this summer and click on his image to learn more about internships at the Campbell House Museum.

What are you studying and where?  History at Mizzou.

Why Campbell House?  The Museum was very intriguing and a piece of St. Louis history.

What are you working on at CHM?  Putting together a detailed timeline of Robert Campbell’s life. (editorial note: This is no small task. Michael is combing through pages and pages of family documents, research and business records to create a week by week, in some cases day by day, timeline of RC’s life and inputting the information into an in-house database. This is going to be a GREAT tool for researchers at CHM in the future.)

When you aren’t having a blast at Campbell House, what are you doing?  Hanging out with friends and family, reading and watching shows and movies.

Michael's phone. He wasn't kidding.

Michael’s phone. He wasn’t kidding.

What is your favorite thing about CHM so far?  Seeing actual possessions that the Campbells used on a daily basis and finding out more background info about Robert.

iPhone or Android?  Neither. 😦

Favorite color?  Blue.

Favorite band/singer?  Billy Joel, Rush.

Andy Warhol said that everyone gets their 15 minutes of fame. What happened in your 15 minutes?  Multiple service awards and leadership honors. *BONUS* I know all the words to “We Didn’t Start the Fire”.

Ice cream – in a cone or a bowl? (also, what kind?)  Cone, chocolate with peanut butter cups.

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