Exhibition - What's in a Name?

Friday, Apr 10, 2020 from 10:00am to 5:00pm


Nicknames have power. They can inspire, harm, or influence opinion. Nicknames also reveal how people view themselves and how the outside world views them in turn.

As St. Louis evolved from a trading post into a city, its changing nicknames illustrated its quest for a defined civic identity and place in the wider world. From Pain Court to Rome of the West to Little Bosnia, explore how St. Louis’s nicknames reflect the city’s past and present—and consider how they might shape its future.

The Atrium installation What’s in a Name? features photos, maps, illustrations, and headlines from the Missouri Historical Society Collections that reveal the people and places behind St. Louis’s famous and forgotten nicknames.

Organized by the Missouri Historical Society’s Teens Make History Exhibitors

Teens Make History is a work-based learning program for local high school students. Through long-term, paid apprenticeships in exhibits and museum theatre, the program aims to build key professional skills and give teens the confidence they need to succeed.

Admission to the Missouri History Museum and this special exhibit is free.

Date: 02/29/2020 - 05/17/2020