VIRTUAL LOCAL HISTORY WEEK 2020
JULY 20 – JULY 26
Struggle for Statehood: Missouri Bicentennial 2021
Located in the Visitors Centers at the East Hills Branch of the St. Joseph Public Library
Struggle for Statehood is a traveling exhibit commemorating the bicentennial of Missouri statehood created by the Missouri Humanities Council in partnership with the Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy at the University of Missouri, partners in the Bicentennial Alliance. The exhibit chronicles the three years that the controversy over Missouri’s admission into the Union was fiercely debated and reexamines the lasting significance of the conflict on a local and national scale. The exhibit leads visitors through the story of Missouri’s admission with accessible educational content, including historical accounts and stories of people that this controversy touched.
This presentation from Local History Librarian, Jennifer Sanders-Tutt, examines St. Joseph’s problematic history with slavery and the struggle to stay in the Union leading up to the Civil War.
Walking tours with Clio.
Clio is an app dedicated to putting history at your fingertips. Clio allows you to be immersed in historic places and the events that occurred around them.
The app is free on the Apple Store and Google Play.
Edmond Eckel Tour
Eckel, a renowned architect and certainly St. Joseph’s most prolific, designed countless beautiful architectural works. Follow in his footprints with some of his most notable buildings in the downtown area.
Ghosts of Progress Tour
While St. Joseph has many beautiful buildings lining its streets, at one time it had many more. Experience the history of structures that tell this city’s history, but are now ghosts lost to time.
Architectural Scavenger Hunt
Can you find some of St. Joseph’s historic places? Complete and submit the scavenger hunt sheet to any St. Joseph Public Library location to be entered for a chance to win a grand prize. Find it here!
Looking for a fun activity for the whole family? Have you started your genealogy? Now is a great time because Ancestry is offering free access from home with your St. Joseph Public Library card!
Explore St. Joseph’s history at home! The Digital Archives are a readily accessible collection of some of the library’s most fragile and unique items.
Oral History Project Kits
Learn about the St. Joseph Public Library’s Oral History Project, and how to record your own. Jennifer will be giving tips about how to preserve your own oral history for future generations.
The St. Joseph Museums is hosting the Smithsonian traveling exhibit Water/Ways at the Wyeth-Tootle Mansion. This exhibit explores the cultural and environmental impacts of water with fun and engaging material for all ages. This exhibit is available for viewing until August 26th. The Wyeth-Tootle Mansion, which also features many new exhibits this year, is extending its hours to Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a. m. until 4 p.m. Masks and social distancing are required in all museum spaces. Call 816.232.8471 for more information!
Making an At-Home Exhibit with Family Heirlooms
Thursday July 23
The Collections Manager for the St. Joseph Museums will share ideas and methods for creating an exhibit in your home with items passed down through the generations.
Participate in the Sculpture Walk and see all of the beautiful art and architecture St. Joseph’s downtown has to offer!
Storytime with Robidoux Row
Wednesday, July 22 @ 11 a.m.
This event will be virtual on Robidoux Row’s Facebook page.
Robidoux Row Dig with John Tapia
Thursday, July 23 @ 3 p.m.
This will be a discussion and visuals of the archeological dig and items that were found in the dig. Dr. Tapia is sharing a personal slideshow created by one of his former students. This event will be virtual on Robidoux Row’s Facebook page.
Live Stream with Robidoux Row
Friday, July 24 @ 3:30 p.m.
This will be a discussion of the life and actions of Joseph Robidoux. We will discuss how he impacted Saint Joseph not only in founding the city but also in many other ways. This event will be virtual on Robidoux Row’s Facebook page.