St. Louis Mercantile Library

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Upcoming Events

 

February 15, 2014 - ongoing

Exhibition Opening: From Chouteau to Scharf: The Early Histories of St. Louis-An Exhibition in Honor of the 250th Anniversary of the Founding of St. Louis. The Library will join in the city-wide celebration of the 250th anniversary of the founding of St. Louis with the special exhibition From Chouteau to Scharf: The Early Histories of St.Louis. This exhibition will provide an in-depth look at the many ways St. Louis' history has been explored, explained and expanded through early manuscripts and a myriad of rare published histories, with only a handful of surviving copies in the Nation's libraries.

February 15, 2014, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Winter Colloquium.  Join Mercantile Library Director John Hoover in the library's entrance lobby gallery for a talk titled "From Chouteau to Scharf: The Early Histories of St. Louis."   Tickets are $10.00 for members, $12.00 for non-members.  Patron passes for both Winter Colloquium talks are $16 for members and $20 for non-members. For tickets and information call 314-516-6740.

February 2014

Exhibition Opening: Whistle Stops: Campaigning by Train.  This focused exhibition combines collections from the Barriger Railroad Library and the Shopmaker Political Collection to reveal the essential role the railroads played in American presidential campaigns. Going beyond the well-known "Dewey Defeats Truman" photograph, this exhibition explores the many ways the railroad industry both supported and was impacted by American elections.

February 22, 2014, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Winter Colloquium.  Join Barriger Library Curator Nick Fry in the library's Shopmaker Political Collection Gallery for a talk titled "Whistle Stops: Campaigning by Train."   Tickets are $10.00 for members, $12.00 for non-members.  Patron passes for both Winter Colloquium talks are $16 for members and $20 for non-members. For tickets and information call 314-516-6740.

March 9, 2014, 2:00 p.m.

Speaker Series: "Education Reform in Early St. Louis".  with Robert Pittman, Independent Scholar. Tickets and information 314-516-6740.

April 10, 2014, 7:00 p.m.

Speaker Series: "The Sanitary Fairs & Civil War Philanthropy".  with Robert Bender, Prof. of History Eastern New Mexico University. Tickets and information 314-516-6740.

May 2, 3, and 4

The St. Louis Fine Print, Rare Book & Paper Arts Fair.  J.C. Penny Conference Center, UMSL North Campus. Friday, May 2, Benefit Preview Party & Silent Auction. Saturday, May 3 & Sunday May 4, fair continues. Tickets and information 314-516-6740 or printfair.umsl.edu

June 26, 2014

The Chouteau Narrative: A symposium in Honor of the 250th Anniversary of the Founding of St. Louis.  August Chouteau's hand-written narrative of the founding of St. Louis is among the Mercantile Library's greatest treasures. To commemorate the city's founding, the Library will partner with the Center for French Colonial Studies to host a scholarly symposium exploring the significance of this historic document. Scheduled speakers include Carl Ekberg, William Foley and Sharon Person. Registration information will be available in February 2014.

July 11, 2014

Mercantile Library Annual Membership Meeting featuring "Leadership & the Law in Early St. Louis".  with Marshall Hier, Attorney, Independent Scholar. Meeting details sent to members in June.

August, TBA

Speaker Series: "Cultures of Capital: entrepreneurial Elites and the Art Worlds of the Gilded Age".  with John Ott, Prof. of Art History, James Madison University. Tickets and information: 314-516-7248.

September, TBA

Speaker Series: "Opportunity Reborn; When Saint Louis Reoriented its Compass of Opportunity Druing the 1870s and the 1880s" with Carlos Schwantes, Prof. of History, University of Missouri-St. Louis. Tickets and information: 314-516-7248

October 17, 2014

Exhibition Opening: Mapping St. Louis history: An Exhibition of Historic Maps, Rare Books and Images Commenmorating the 250th Anniversary of the Found of St. Louis.  Join us as we continue honoring the city's 250th anniversary with the special exhibition Mapping St. Louis History. Visitors will be able to watch the city develop and expand through maps that are not only important documentary objects but things of beauty as well. Each map will be complemented by a contemporaneous print, painting or photograph and rare printed histories that complete the telling of St. Louis' story.

October 17 to 19, 2014

The annual conference on the Center for French Colonial Studies/Centre pour l'Etude du Pays des Illinois.  The Mercantile Library is pleased to host the opening reception for the Center's annual conference. For more information on this conference please see the CFCS website: frenchcolonialstudies.org.