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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Merry Christmas from the Campbell House

Campbell House has a very special Christmas story
that comes with an unusual decoration.

Campbell Christmas table, circa 1895.

About 1895 the Campbell family hosted a small Christmas party for their close friends. In true Gilded Age style the dining room table was set spectacularly for the event. The table itself was completely wrapped in fresh flowers–red and white carnations with greens.  The centerpiece of the table was a figure of Santa Claus complete with his sleigh holding toys and a decorated Christmas tree all pulled by 8 reindeer. This unusual table decoration was also the party favor. Every family in attendance was invited to take part of the display home.

The reindeer Vixen was taken home by the Hugh Scott family of St. Louis. Vixen decorated their dining room Christmas table for almost 80 years. About 25 years ago the Scott family was persuaded by Campbell House supporter Zoe Desloge Lippman to donate Vixen to the Campbell House Museum for all our Christmas callers to enjoy.

Come and visit Vixen and experience the splendor of Christmases past. Campbell House is open Wednesday to Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. through December 30. During January we are open most days by appointment. Call us to make and appointment, 314-421-0325.

Vixen adorns the Morning Room mantle today.

Vixen adorns the Morning Room mantle today.

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