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Headlines of History Summer Colloquial SeriesIn this series of events, the Mercantile Library curators will explore the intersection of river, rail, and fine art collections with the Library’s historic newspaper collections. Each event features one curator showing special selections from the archives that relate to themes in our current exhibition, Headlines of History. Tickets are $12 for Mercantile members or $15 for non-members. Purchase a Patron Pass and receive a discount to attend all three colloquia; $30 for members, $40 for non-members. Seating is limited, and advance tickets are recommended. To purchase, print the order form and return with payment to the address on the form, or phone 314-516-6740. Ample free parking in the West Drive Garage. For additional information email email@example.com
June 24, 2018 2PM: The second summer colloquia will feature Nick Fry, Curator of the Barriger National Railroad Libray presenting Among Ourselves: Railroad Employee Newspapers and Magazines. This presentation will cover the history of railroad magazines and newspapers from their origin as technical journals to labor newspapers to company produced newspapers and magazines. See ticket prices and purchasing options above.
July 29, 2018 2PM: The summer colloquia series concludes with a look at Artists and the American Press: From “Harper’s Weekly” to “Rolling Stone” presented by Julie Dunn-Morton, Curator of Fine Art Collections. This talk will explore the variety of ways artists worked with American newspapers and magazines in the 19th and 20th centuries. From world-renowned cartoonists to fine artists drawing advertising art to pay the rent, artists have played an integral role in the American press. See ticket prices and purchasing options above.
July 13, 2018 2PM: TJoin us for the St. Louis Mercantile Library Association Annual Meeting at the Library on the Campus of the University of Missouri, St. Louis. Reports and Recognitions will be delivered by President Jane Gleason and Executive Director John N. Hoover. Also featuring a talk by Porsche Schlapper, Curator of the Herman T. Pott National Inland Waterways Library, From Scrapbooks to Servers: Digital Preservation of the Chuck Berry Scrapbooks at the Mercantile Library. Light summer refreshments will be served. Ample free parking in the West Drive Garage..
Headlines of History: Historic Newspapers of St. Louis and the World Through the Centuries at the St. Louis Mercantile Library Association
On Level One through 2019
This is the third in a planned tetralogy of exhibitions building to the 175th anniversary of the St. Louis Mercantile Library, and marks the growth and special nature of the collections of the Mercantile by focusing on one of the most used and important holdings at this research center, its newspapers. This important exhibition features such items as the first known issue of the Missouri Gazette, the oldest newspaper printed west of the Mississippi; and an issue of the Pennsylvania Ledger from July 13, 1776 marking the first printing of the Declaration of Independence in a newspaper. Future programming will include a Family Day and Director’s and Curators’ Colloquia.
Pages from Gutenberg: Selected Leaves of the Gutenberg Bible from the Mercantile Library and Other Regional Institutions
On Level Two through June 22, 2018The Gutenberg Bible was important as the First Printed Book, but also as an export from the mysterious printers of Mainz in the mid-15th century. Within a generation, other metalsmiths and artisans with the knowhow but not the example, which the great 42 Line Bible provided, were encouraged to experiment with movable type and letter punches on their own producing the information explosion which has not ceased to this day. Thus the multiple copies and the fragments that survived of the earliest printed books—and especially the 42 line Bible of Gutenberg-- are tremendously important artifacts as the typographical ancestors of all modern printing, and indeed mass communication as we know today. This exhibition presents two Gutenberg leaves from the Mercantile collection, six leaves from regional libraries and museums, and an array of other early printed works.
100 Million Buttons Can't Be Wrong
In the Shopmaker American Political Collection Gallery
The Shopmaker Political Collection contains over five thousand items used by candidates in the election process. Although the collection includes some materials from state and local elections, the vast majority of the collection relates to presidential campaigns. Similarly, while the collection include bumper stickers, posters, hats, cigars, paper dolls, coffee mugs, and so much more, by far the largest number of objects are buttons. This exhibition draws its inspiration and its name from the button Wendell Wilkie made famous in his 1940 bid for president, “100 million buttons can’t be wrong” and explores the fascinating history of the ubiquitous campaign button. This focused exhibition examines the range of sizes, the degree of seriousness, and the use of text and images that have been used over the years.
Lincoln: The Changing Face of an American President
In the Shopmaker Political Print Gallery
The changes in Lincoln’s appearance that were manifested over the period of his presidency reflect the rigors of the Civil War and the personal tragedies he suffered with the death of his son, Tad. This exhibition traces these changes through a selection of images of Lincoln across several media, including prints, photographs, sculpture and textiles. The portraits tell the story of Lincoln’s rise from young circuit lawyer to inspiring president to icon of American democracy.
Recent Acquisitions: New Works in the Mercantile Library Art Collection
In Meier Gallery, Level Two Atrium, June 1 - August 31, 2018
The Mercantile Library Art Museum’s collection of works by Missouri artists continues to grow through donations and acquisitions. This focused exhibition highlights selected paintings and sculpture not yet seen by our members or the general public. An early and atypical portrait by Paul Harney (1850 - 1915) and two contemporary portraits by Roland Burrow (b. 1981) illustrate the range of St. Louis’ figural painting tradition. Landscapes by Frederick Oakes Sylvester (1869 - 1915), Oscar Berninghaus (1874 - 1952), Frank Nuderscher (1880 - 1959), and James Godwin Scott (1931 - 2015), reveal the enduring legacy of the landscape school that flourished in the region in the 1880s and whose influence can still be felt today.