The 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.
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:
- Bellefontaine Cemetery
- Susan Blow Kindergarten at the Carondolet Historical Society
- Campbell House Museum
- Central Print
- Chatillon-DeMenil Mansion
- Faust Park Historic Village
- Eugen Field House and St. Louis Toy Museum
- Forest Park, Dennis & Judith Jones Visitor and Education Center
- Gittemeier House, Historic Florissant
- Historic Hanley House, Clayton
- Jefferson Barracks Historic Site
- Scott Joplin House State Historic Site
- Missouri Botanical Garden
- Missouri History Museum
- New Mount Sinai Cemetery
- Old Courthouse
- Tower Grove Park
- White Haven, Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site
So open up your phone’s selfie mode, and take part in all the fun and experience St. Louis in 1875!
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).