Current Exhibit at the Old Ordinance Room
"Courageous and Faithful; The Cavalry at Jefferson Barracks"
March 7 to December 28, 2015
Jefferson Barracks has a deep and rich story to tell. It is the birthplace of the American cavalry, the site where the earliest Buffalo Soldiers were enlisted, and the recruits who passed through the old post made possible the settlement of the western half of the United States. Explore these contributions and more through striking objects, powerful images, and engaging and hands-on interactives.
#PictureYourselfSTL: Local historical venues want to see your best selfies
Louis is a bit old-fashioned. He is partial to top hats and three-piece suits. He fastens a boutonniere to his lapel. He has never taken a selfie. But if the Missouri History Museum has anything to do with it, that’s about to change. Perhaps not his sartorial choices, but certainly his aptitude with a camera.Louis is the museum’s cartoon mascot for its “A Walk in 1875 St. Louis”exhibit, which opened in May and runs through Valentine’s Day. In an effort to expand the mustachioed gent’s horizons, the history museum is co-sponsoring a program encompassing 19 historical and cultural venues in the area that help tell the story of St. Louis in the 19th century.
Preserving Our History
The Friends of Jefferson Barracks
The Friends of Jefferson Barracks is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and improvement of Jefferson Barracks Park Historic Site in South St. Louis County, Missouri. The FJB members contribute their time, energy, and money to make this goal a reality.
The Friends of Jefferson Barracks plays an active role in the management of the park through a wide variety of volunteer service projects and fundraising activities. The FJB offers many opportunities for participation including the Adults Easter Egg Hunt, World War II Weekend, Historic Hayrides, Concerts, Car Shows, Swap Meets, the Candlelight Holiday Dinner, and other events. In addition, many FJB members volunteer as Museum Attendants, Trail Watchers, or Gardeners at the Historic Laborer's House in the Park.
The Friends of Jefferson Barracks operates the Gift Shop located on the lower level of the Visitors Center (pictured above right). Funds generated in this shop and at FJB events help to purchase historic artifacts, support historical exhibits and displays, and contract needs and services necessary to the operation of the park. Funds raised by the FJB have made possible the restoration of the upper level of the Visitors Center and the building of the Stockton Shelter next to the Veterans Memorial Amphitheater, among other projects.
The Friends of Jefferson Barracks members receive the FJB newsletter and announcements of FJB activities, along with a discount in the Gift Shop. Membership also provides the opportunity to help create and support an educational and cultural resource; to share friendships and build community spirit; an appreciation of the Park's history, landscape, and natural resources; and the satisfaction of preserving something special for future generations.
Individual memberships start at just $10.00 for the year and families (Home Front) can sign up for $15.00. Doughboy level is $25.00, and 6th Infantry (Life) membership is $100.00. Get connected with this group of men and women who like to have fun while helping a good cause.