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Monday Update (a day late) » 7.24.12

It’s hotter than blazes in St. Louis, but the heat hasn’t slowed us down a bit at Campbell House! (Except for maybe our blogging schedule.)

Hellooooooo Kevin! The west wall will not be painted, but the brick will receive a clear weatherproof coating.

Exterior Renovation Begins
Contractors have begun to prep the house for the big paint job. Kevin has been patiently tuckpointing some of the highest points of the house (up to 60 feet in some areas!) with a lift for over a week now, and when he’s done, the crew will come in to start painting. The shutters have already been removed, and the painters have begun repairing and repainting them in the shop.

Upcoming Tours
We got together with our friends down the street at Landmarks Association of St. Louis a few weeks ago to plot a few events for the fall. We are tentatively planning an outdoor movie night for September, a Locust Street architectural walking tour (that ends at the Schlafly Tap Room for drinks and camaraderie), and a Campbell House restoration tour where you can see the inner workings of our place in either January or February.  As soon as we finalize everything, we will post all of the details for you. Stay tuned.

The new and improved cook’s bedroom.

New Cook’s Bedroom
Since the Campbells did not photograph many of the rooms in the servants’ wing of the house  (including the kitchen and servants’ living quarters),  we were able to interpret these rooms the best we could, based on the original floorplan of the house. The housekeeper’s bedroom has always been staged as a bedroom, but the cook’s bedroom — which had previously housed an exhibit on the servants — has now been presented as a bedroom. Thanks to a bequest from one of our members, we received a beautiful set of furniture of the style, period and quality that would have been in a servant’s bedroom in a house like this. Come down to the Museum to see it in person.

Students trying to interpret Hugh Campbell’s handwriting in a letter to his wife, Mary. (This Hugh is Robert’s brother, not his son.)

Black Rep Summer Camp
We had the pleasure of welcoming about 20 students from The Black Rep Summer Camp last week for our document workshop. After taking a brief tour of the first floor to hear the Campbell story, they came up to the third floor Aviary to play history detective. We gave them copies of Campbell documents to interpret and to share their findings with the rest of the group. These were some of the most enthusiastic kids we’ve had come through the house, and we look forward to seeing them again! Do you need a special educational activity or workshop for your group of children or adults? Give us a call! We’re happy to design a half- or full day of fun and learning. Contact Andy or Shelley at 314/421-0325 to let us start planning your day at Campbell House!

Our Interns
Did you meet intern Hannah? Read all about her here!

Robert’s Irish Breakfast Tea

Campbell House Tea
Looking for a small gift for the person who has everything? Robert has you covered. Come by to pick up a 1-oz package of Robert’s Irish Breakfast tea, a blend we buy from our tea-loving neighbors at the London Tea Room. A favorite with coffee drinkers, it’s strong and bold, just like our Robert. We’re selling it for $5 a package, and that includes a coupon for a free cup of tea or coffee at the London Tea Room. It’s available now in the Museum Store and at the front door of the Museum. Pick up a package to get a taste of Campbell House!

Urban Exploring: Trinity Lutheran Church
Today we took a field trip to Soulard to visit Trinity Lutheran Church. Docent Coordinator Dennis has been a member of this historic church all his life, and he invited Campbell House staff, interns and docents out to get a behind-the-scenes look at everything in the church, including the bell tower. As a teaser, here’s a shot of one of the gorgeous art glass windows in a space behind the choir loft. A full blog post with the church’s history and all of the images will follow later this week.

One of Trinity Lutheran’s art glass windows in a non-public area behind the choir loft.

Stay cool this week, and check back to meet Sydney — one of our wonderful interns — and the full photo essay of our visit to Trinity Lutheran!

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Monday Update » 4.23.12

A draft of one of Lindsey's panels. Come by in two weeks to see the whole exhibit in person. (Believe me, she'll be REALLY happy if you do.)

Welcome to the downhill slope of Monday, everyone. It’s been a marathon around here the last few weeks, and this is what we have to show for it:

New Civil War Exhibit
Out with the old and in with the new…..Weekend Manager Lindsey is putting the finishing touches on her new exhibit, A Family Apart: The Campbells During the Civil War Years. She’s pulling some of Virginia’s dresses and jewelry out of storage, along with some exceptional old letters. Come by after May 8th to see the story of the Campbells during this turbulent period in American history.

Magical Spring Thing
Sam Clark’s big show — the Magical Spring Thing — on April 14th was a huge success. We’re still recovering from it, but we raised a few dollars for new environmental programming and special projects around the house. Big thanks to Sam and all the volunteers and board members who helped pull off another spectacular show with Union Avenue Opera, St. Louis Ballet, students from Webster University’s Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts, St. Louis Ragtimers and the Ballroom Dance Academy of St. Louis.

Webster Groves High School students working on an overgrown area at our fence. The yard looks wonderful thanks to their hard work.

Webster High School Lends a Hand
Our garden volunteers (read: Moms and Dads of the CHM staff) are especially grateful for the group of ten Webster Groves High School students and parents who came by on April 10th to do some heavy lifting in the garden. The enthusiastic teens knocked out an impressive amount of weeding, trimming, mulching and planting, and it was a pleasure to have them at the house.  The garden looks FABULOUS because of all their help. <please come back!>

The Mysterious Gus Meyer
Between digging up scoop on Lucas Place and the Campbell Family, there isn’t much Intrepid Researcher Tom™  can’t find. Last week, he started the quest to uncover more information about Gus Meyer, a devoted servant who began working at Campbell House as a gardener in 1901, and he eventually worked his way up to be Hugh Campbell’s personal assistant. After Hugh died in 1931, Gus stayed in the house and took care of Hugh’s brother Hazlett until he died in 1938. Gus continued to live in and manage the house until it finally opened as a museum five years later. He signed the Museum’s guest book on its opening day, and we lost track of him after that. Intrepid Researcher Tom™ has found information on his family and what happened to him after he left his job of over 40 years at Campbell House. We’ll make a blog post with all of his findings shortly.

Bring Mom to Campbell House for Mother’s Day
Stumped for what to get your darling mom on Mother’s Day? Easy, bring her to our house for Arias in the Afternoon, a garden party we’re co-hosting with Union Avenue Opera. Spend the afternoon relaxing in our garden and listening to a special one-hour concert while enjoying tea and nibbles from our neighbors, the London Tea Room. It’s going to be a great event and if you bring your mom, you’ll be her favorite son or daughter. We promise. Click here for tickets.

Urban Exploring 2.0: Museum Building at the Missouri Botanical Garden
After the overwhelming popularity of the post on our recent trek through the St. Louis Transit Company Electrical Substation, we’re going to try making Urban Exploring a regular feature. This weekend we had the chance to get inside the Museum Building at the Botanical Garden, a structure that’s closed to the public. A blog post featuring pictures of the Museum Building and Tower Grove House is coming this week.

That’s just some of what is happening at Campbell House. Check back with us for some exciting news on house painting (!), the 2012 Freedom’s Gateway Signature Event, and our Spring Members Party. From the Campbell family to yours, have a stellar week!

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Monday Update » 3.26.12

Executive Director Andy Hahn with his unusually shy Leo before our urban exploring field trip to the St. Louis Transit Company Substation on Locust this morning.

Happy Monday, everyone!

We had a busy weekend, due in part to the Sweet 16 and the Elite Eight madness happening at the Dome. While our weekend manager takes a well-deserved break, here are some newsy bits and a few things we’ve got cooking over the next two weeks:

Campbell House Architects Featured
Campbell House research volunteer Tom Gronski’s article on the Campbell House architects (Joseph C. Edgar and Thomas Waryng Walsh) earned top-billing in the Missouri Valley Chapter of Architectural Historian’s newsletter. Read all about it (and some other beautiful local buildings) here.  Way to go, Tom!

Field Trip to the St. Louis Transit Company Substation
A long-vacant building up Locust was built to house a big, giant battery system for streetcars. It was constructed right before the 1904 World’s Fair because the city anticipated substantially more streetcar traffic due to the influx of visitors. We’ll have a post about our visit to the old building complete with pictures for you next week.

New Civil War Exhibit
Lindsey’s plugging away on research, writing, and finding objects for her new exhibit on the Campbells during the Civil War. Sharing new research on Robert’s political leanings, slavery, and the impact of the war on the family and their friends, the exhibit will open in the third floor galleries in early April. You won’t want to miss it!

A Few Good Interns
We have more intern interviews booked, but we’d love to hear from you or someone you know needs a summer internship. We’re not picky about your course of study because it takes all kinds to operate a museum. Nonprofit Management? Museum Studies? PR/Marketing? History? Art? Come talk to us. Campbell House is a small place, so everyone — staff, volunteers and interns — wear many hats. You’ll get to see all sides of how we run the business, and we promise you’ll have an awesome experience here. Contact Executive Director Andy Hahn at andy [at] campbellhousemuseum [dot] org if you want to talk; we’d love to hear from you!

Upcoming Events
We’re working on putting together two spectacular events that you won’t want to miss. In just a couple of weeks, we’ll again be hosting the Magical Spring Thing at the Mahler Ballroom, which will feature St. Louis Ballet, Union Avenue Opera, the St. Louis Ragtimers, the Ballroom Academy of St. Louis. It’s going to be an unforgettable evening, so click here for more information. On Mother’s Day (May 13th), we’re pleased to partner with Union Avenue Opera to bring you (and your mom!) Arias in the Afternoon: A Victorian Garden Party. While you enjoy scones, tarts and tea from the London Tea Room, Union Avenue Opera artists will serenade you with a special Mother’s Day program. For details, read all about it here.

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