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Summer has arrived, which means school’s out and interns are in. We’ve got two stellar students spending the summer with us – they spend a few days a week at the Museum helping out with tours, doing work in the office and, most importantly, working on a self-directed project. First up is Katie – a St. Louis native home for the summer from her studies at the University of Iowa. In addition to her work with CHM, Katie is completing a conservation internship with our pals over at the Saint Louis Art Museum this summer.


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

What are you studying and where?  Art and Art History at the University of Iowa.

Why Campbell House?  I like the Museum’s focus on preservation.

What are you working on at CHM?  Inventory! (Katie is working on our annual collections inventory, during which she’ll check to make sure that every one of the thousands of objects in our collections are accounted for and in their proper place. If you’re thinking, “wow, that sounds like a truly massive undertaking” you’re right. Go Katie!)

When you aren’t having a blast at Campbell House, what are you doing?  Reading, usually.


Katie working on a conservation project at the University of Iowa. She’s basically famous.

What if your favorite thing about CHM so far?  I’ve really liked learning how a small museum functions. 

iPhone or Android?  iPhone.

Favorite color?  Blue.

Favorite band?  Mutemath. (If you know who this is, you’re hipper than we are. We had to Google them.)

Andy Warhol said that everyone gets 15 minutes of fame. What happened in your 15 minutes?  I was in two front page stories in Iowa City newspapers for my work on flood damaged books.

What’s your favorite sandwich?  Toasted PB&J

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There’s More to the Story: Halloween at CHM

The Campbell monument at Bellefontaine Cemetery here in St. Louis. All 15 members of the immediate Campbell family are buried here (legend has it that two of their dogs are buried with them as well).

The Campbell monument at Bellefontaine Cemetery here in STL. All 15 members of the immediate Campbell family are buried here (legend has it that two of their dogs are buried with them too).

October is an interesting time of year for us here at CHM.

On one hand, it’s a blast. We get to put up black bunting around the House, carve pumpkins, we’ve been on TV and in print a few times, and we even get to dress up for our Halloween Night twilight tours. On the other hand, a certain seriousness accompanies the season, especially when it comes to talking about some of the darker chapters of the Campbell family’s time in St. Louis. Though the Campbells certainly lived pretty well and had some beautiful things, this time of year brings into sharp focus the fact that having wealth didn’t necessarily make you immune to  tragedy. Ten of Robert and Virginia’s 13 children died before their eighth birthdays, eight boys and two girls. To put this in perspective,the mortality rate for white children in St. Louis in the 1850s was around 21%. The Campbells were pushing 76%.

Of the three sons to survive into adulthood, one died tragically at the age of 30 (James) and the other two lived increasingly reclusive and peculiar lives (Hugh and Hazlett). Hazlett suffered from debilitating mental illness as he grew older and by the time both sons died in the 1930s, neither had married or had children of their own – the Campbell family line ended with no heirs, despite Robert and Virginia’s best efforts.

These are all sad stories, no doubt. But they’re stories that need telling. There was more to the Campbells’ lives than fancy parties and beautiful furnishings (though there certainly were and still are a bunch of those things in this house). Join us the rest of this month here on the blog and then in person on Halloween night as we unpack the darker chapters of death, disease and despair that were a big part of 19th century life at the Campbell House.

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Psychic Party at the Campbell House! Click to enlarge.

Upcoming October Events:

Halloween Twilight Tours
Friday, October 31 at 6:30 sold out!, 7:00 and 7:30 p.m.
Advance reservations required, click here to buy tickets online.

Campbell House Psychic Party
Hosted by Mr. Tim Rohan, Vice President of the CHM Board of Directors
Yep, this is EXACTLY as cool as it sounds. Join us for a gourmet selection of wine, beer, an open bar and gourmet hors-doeurves. One of three psychics will provide you with your own private reading. Click here for more information on purchasing tickets.

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What’s new at CHM

Random funny history thing. Yep, the CHM blog is back. (For more on these ubercool posters, here's the full story: http://www.mymodernmet.com/profiles/blogs/story-of-the-historically)

It’s been awhile since we’ve been on here, but let’s just say the super fancy new look of our blog — courtesy of the awesome ninjas at Think Tank — has inspired us to get back to it.

What have we been up to? One word: Loads.

Between intensive research and a calendar chock-full of special events, we’ve been busy little bees at the Museum. Here’s what we’ve been up to:

  • You know the names McCausland, Clayton and Marshall, don’t you? Not only are these the names of streets that are forever linked to the landscape of St. Louis, but all of them are related to the Campbells. More on this over the next week or so as we finish writing the story.
  • Research continues on Eliza Rone, the slave Robert emancipated in 1857. We have now found her grave and we are learning more about her and her extensive family in Kansas City.
  • More Campbell loot was returned to the Museum. This time, wereceived a vase that Hugh Campbell gave to the cook, who gave it to another servant upon her wedding. After we accession it (i.e. hoity-toity museum

    Our new (sort of) vase!

    term that means to make a new record for the item and formally bring it into inventory), we are going to do a blog post all about the piece, complete with family pictures.

Are you looking for things to do over the next couple of months? Check out our events page, but here’s a quick lowdown of what’s happening:

  • Lucas Place Walking Tour AND a trip to the Schlafly Tap Room. Saturday October 1 (that’s this Saturday), 2:00-4:00 PM. Back when the Campbells moved into this house in 1854, Lucas Place was THE place to be. Director Andy Hahn will take the group through the house, then we’ll hit the street where he will point out where the big names lived as well as other sites including the original St. Louis Art Museum and the location of the first documented roller coaster (!). After the tour is done, we’ll stop at the Tap Room where one beer is included in your tour ticket price. Hosted with Landmarks Association.  Tickets are $25.00; only $20.00 if you are a Campbell House or Landmarks member. Tour is filling up quickly, so call us at 314/421-0325 to reserve your spot!
  • Psychic Party, Saturday, October 8th from 6:30 to 9:00 PM. Yes, you read that right. Is the house haunted? We’ll never tell, but come to festivities to find out for yourself.  We’re throwing a party the way the Campbells did: gourmet food in the dining room, an assortment of French wines in the kitchen and the house is open for exploring. Two psychics will be on-hand for private tarot card readings on the third floor. Hosted by our very own Tim Rohan, this party was a hit last year, so make your reservations soon by calling 314/421-0325. Tickets are $50.00, and wine, beer, heavy hors d’oeurves and a tarot card reading are included in your ticket price.
  • Twilight Tour, Thursday, October 13 from 5:30 to 8:30 PM. We offered our first Twilight Tour this week, and one guest said, “THIS is the way to see a museum.” We couldn’t agree more. Come down to the house to enjoy wine and a selection of hors d’oeurves while you explore the house and garden. At 6:15 we will begin an evening tour of the house, a unique experience that — literally — showcases the handsome home in a whole new light. Tickets are $20.00; only $10.00 for Campbell House members. Please call us at 314/421-0325 for reservations.
  • Members Party, Saturday, October 22 from 3:00 to 6:30 PM. It’s our semiannual members party, so come down to the house for refreshments and our special Anniversary Celebration to commemorate the Museum Store’s 20th year. We will be offering 20% off all items in the shop, so you can stock up on some early holiday gifts.
  • Holiday Historic House Tour, Thursday, December 1st. Details will be posted as soon as they are available.

Thanks again for checking out our new blog, and stop in often to learn about museum news and events.

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