November 2, 2014 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Speaker Series: "Cultures of Capital: entrepreneurial Elites and the Art Worlds of the Gilded Age".  with John Ott, Professor of Art History, James Madison University. Tickets are $10 for members and $12 for non-members. For more information please call 314-516-7248.

October 19, 2014
Exhibition Opening / Members Preview: Mapping St. Louis History: An Exhibition of Historic Maps, Rare Books and Images Commemorating the 250th Anniversary of the Founding of St. Louis.  Join us as we continue honoring the city's 250th anniversary with the special exhibition Mapping St. Louis History. The exhibition tracks the city’s development and expansion through maps that are not only important documentary objects but things of beauty as well. Contemporaneous prints, paintings and photographs as well as rare printed histories will complete the telling of St. Louis' story.

September 21, 2014 from 2:00pm- 4:00pm
Speaker Series: "Opportunity Reborn: When Saint Louis Reoriented its Compass of Opportunity During the 1870s and 1880s" with Carlos Schwantes, Professor of History, University of Missouri-St. Louis. Tickets are $10 for members and $12 for non-members. For more information please call 314-516-7248.

July 11, 2014 at 2:00pm
Mercantile Library Annual Membership Meeting featuring "Leadership & the Law in Early St. Louis".  with Marshall Hier, Attorney, Independent Scholar.

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, Jay Gitlin, and Sharon Person.

June 1, 2014
Speaker Series: "The Red and the White: The Saga of a Mixed-Race Family in the Nineteenth Century" with Andrew Graybill, Director of the William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies.

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.

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.

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

Speaker Series: "Education Reform in Early St. Louis".  with Robert Pittman, Independent Scholar. 

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

Winter Colloquium.  Barriger Library Curator Nick Fry presented a talk titled "Whistle Stops: Campaigning by Train" in the library's Shopmaker Political Collection Gallery.

February 2014

Exhibition Opening: Whistle Stops: Campaigning by Train.  This focused exhibition combined 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 explored the many ways the railroad industry both supported and was impacted by American elections.

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

Winter Colloquium.  Mercantile Library Director John Hoover presented a talk titled "From Chouteau to Scharf: The Early Histories of St. Louis"  in the library's entrance lobby gallery.

February 15, 2014

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 joined 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 provided 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.



December 7th, 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Curator's Colloquium.  Sean Visintainer, curator of the Herman T. Pott Inland Waterways Library, gave a talk titled "Life Aboard a 19th Century Steamboat."   Tickets were $10.00 for members, $12.00 for non-members. 

November 1st, 12:00 p. m.

Bellefontaine Cemetery: Its Legacy, Past, Present and Future.  Nancy Ylvisaker, President of the Bellefontaine Cemetery Association, was the guest speaker for the 16th Annual James E. Yeatman Lecture. 

September 14th, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Curator's Colloquium.  Nick Fry, curator of the John W. Barriger III National Railroad Library, presented his talk "Taking the Time: Railroads and the Standardization of Time" on Saturday, September 14 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.  Tickets were $10.00 for members, $12.00 for non-members.  

September 12th, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Book reception and private viewing celebrating the Bay Psalm Book, the first book printed in North America.  Only eleven copies of this rare book still exist, and one was on exhibit at the Mercantile Library along with other early New England imprints,  maps and prints.  This book appeared as part of an auction hosted by Sotheby's on November 26, 2013.  It was also on public exhibit at the library on Friday, September 13th.  The flyer for the event is still available here.  

June 13th at 4:00 p.m.

Book Signing Event featuring author and historian John A. Wright, Sr.  Extraordinary Black Missourians: Pioneers, Leaders Performers, Athletes, & Other Notables Who've made History by John A. Wright, Sr. and Sylvia A. Wright.  For details about the book click here.  

May 3, 4 & 5, 2013

At the 7th annual Print Fair, 25 local and national fine print and rare book dealers come together to present a broad array of rare materials apealing to collectors at all levels of experience. From finely illustrated books to prints by Audubon, WPA artists, German Expressionists and Old Masters, original watercolors and historic photographs, the thousands of treasures available to view and purchase include something for every taste and budget. The Fair is presented annually the first weekend in May to benefit the Mercantile Library's collection and conservation funds. 

Saturday, March 16th, 2:00 p.m.

The Civil War & The Railroads: Featuring John W. Barriger IV  Railroads played an important role during the Civil War. John W. Barriger IV talks about how the use of railroads affected the outcome of battles and ultimately helped determine the outcome of the war.

Saturday, March 9th, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Director's Colloquia: The First Books of St. Louis & Missouri.  Director John Hoover speaks about and present for viewing the first imprints of St. Louis and Missouri. 

Saturday, February 9th, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Director's Colloquia: The Pacific Railroad Surveys.  Come see the Director talk about this monumental mapping, scientific and exploratory project that laid the foundation for America's transportation infrastructure that exists to this day. 

Sunday, January 27th, 12:30 p.m.

Brunch & Lecture and Book Signing, featuring Annie Amantea Blum, author of The Steamer Admiral and Streckfus Steamers: A Personal View.  Copies of the book are available for purchase.  Brunch provided.