250 in 250 exhibit opens Friday

ST. LOUIS - It is a cool concept; an exhibit that features 250 rather fascinating stories of people, places, images, moments and objects.

"In the people section you will find a murderer and a madam and a TV clown," explains Jody Sowell, director of exhibits at the Missouri History Museum.

An exhibit with people you've obviously heard of and others maybe you haven't, but their stories are certainly worth hearing. As are the objects worth seeing.

"You'll find objects from before the city was founded and you'll find objects that we still use today so you'll see a monopoly game that featured the Arch as one of the pieces," said Sowell.

You'll see an old Ted Drewes uniform and a bench from the 1904 World's Fair. You can also tap on a screen and experience at a day at the Highlands.

"As soon as we say the 50 people, 50 places, 50 images, 50 moments, 50 objects people immediately say oh did you include this or did you include that," Sowell said.

There will inevitably be things left out, but there are places where visitors can fill in the blank.

"We have about a 40 foot long chalkboard mural that includes chalk drawings of all 50 places. In that section too we left a little bit of chalkboard for you the visitor to say here's the place that you would have featured," said Sowell.

Making this more than an exhibit, it's an experience to be shared.

"I think what's great about this exhibit is people will leave the exhibit with the feeling of how fascinating St. Louis history is," said Sowell.

250 in 250 opens Friday at the Missouri History Museum and will run through February 2015. The exhibit is free.


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