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William K. Bixby Residence. Northeast corner of Lindell and Kingshighway Boulevards. Built 1889. James Stewart, Architect. Photograph by unknown, 1909 Missouri History Museum Photograph and Print Collection.

Destroying the City to Save It: "Lost Buildings of St. Louis" at the Missouri History Museum

The exhibit is a stunning collection of giant reproductions of photographs from the museum’s collection of some of the most—and not at all—famous buildings that St. Louis has lost to demolition. more »

Apr 22, 2015 8:00 AM History

Literally the writing on the wall. Photograph courtesy of the St. Louis Mercantile Library at the University of Missouri–St. Louis

The History of Falstaff, Part Four: The Death of a Great American Brewery

The final chapter of the Falstaff story is a difficult one to write. It involves thousands of people losing their jobs, a family losing the company they had built for generations, and historic breweries going dark forever. more »

Apr 15, 2015 8:30 AM History

From a newspaper article, dated December 30, 1966: “Swinging a 75-year-old mallet from the Falstaff Museum of Brewing, President Joseph Griesedieck seals the 7,000,000 barrel of beer produced by the company in 1966. (Since the standard of measure in the brewing industry is a 31-gallon barrel, it takes two like the half-barrel pictured to equal a barrel.) Observing the event is Charles Mitchell of the brewing department at Plant Ten, one of Falstaff’s two breweries in St. Louis. The shipment of the 7,000,000th barrel on Dec. 29 (which includes sales of the firm’s Narraganesett subsidiary) marked a new high in annual barrelage sales for Falstaff, which operates nine breweries and a malting plant, and sells its products in 40 states and numerous overseas markets.” Courtesy of the Mercantile Library at the University of Missouri–St. Louis

The History of Falstaff, Part Three: The Beginning of the End

As the 1960s dawned in America, Falstaff stood at the height of its success—it was the third largest brewery in America. But that huge success also left little room for error. more »

Apr 8, 2015 9:34 AM History

Rev.s Johnson and Lawler. Photograph courtesy of Open Road Communications

New Nonprofit, Incubate Ferguson, Aims to Empower the City’s Residents

Incubate Ferguson connects people to resources for social improvement; the connections give people the opportunity to get their ideas heard. more »

Apr 2, 2015 9:00 AM History

Papa Joe" Griesedieck receiving the first permit to brew beer from the IRS. Photograph from the collections of the St. Louis Mercantile Library at the University of Missouri–St. Louis

The History of Falstaff, Part Two: Prohibition—and The Glory Years that Followed

Thanks to a savvy decision with its brewing process, Falstaff became one of a handful of breweries to survive Prohibition—and then, business boomed. more »

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