Missouri History Museum

Black dresses, Chanel and champagne brunch at the Missouri History Museum

After exploring the Little Black Dress exhibit at the Missouri History Museum, Alberto De La Rosa and Anusree Natraj headed to Bixby’s to try the restaurant’s famous brunch, basking in a rather “Devil Wears Prada”-esque sense of having gathered some basics on the history of black dresses.

Alberto De La Rosa and Anusree Natraj | Staff Reporters

The smear campaign has started

Earlier this week, an opinion—“To Be Middle Eastern at Wash. U.”—was published in Student Life. The letter begins by announcing the start of a smear campaign, but it was the false, unclear and misleading allegations that appeared within the letter itself that were both offensive and deeply disturbing.

Kaity Shea Cullen | Class of 2016

Museum discussed panel with outside Jewish group

A series of emails relating to the “Ferguson to Ayotzinapa to Palestine” event reveal that the Missouri History Museum’s cancellation of the panel followed a member of the Jewish Community Relations Council of St. Louis (JCRC) bringing the event to the attention of Frances Levine, the museum’s president.

| Senior News Editor

Whose history do we select?

The topic is certainly heated, but institutions must make an honest effort to handle it, and that includes Wash. U. The question is whether we are capable of listening to voices in a context that also represents their narrative.

| Senior Forum Editor

Taboo memory: The solidarity that selective history tries to erase

With growing ties between #BlackLivesMatter and Palestine, the Anti-Defamation League and other groups are reviving a deliberate campaign of selective history: relegating the solidarity between black and Palestinian liberation movements—past and present— to taboo memory.

Ayah Abo-Basha | Class of 2014

Protesters speak against Missouri History Museum for canceling event including Palestinian discussion

Instead of the intended panel discussion on Thursday, planners organized a rally outside the museum. Under the #SelectiveHistory banner, which protesters of the museum’s decision used on social media last week, a wide variety of around 75 attendees showed up to the changed event, which still included speakers from the four groups.

| Staff Reporter

Parallels between movements exist, despite history museum’s claims

Beyond mere optics, the museum is indeed engaging in selective history by denying a connection between the social movements in Ferguson and Mexico with those occurring in Palestine.

Protesters gather to demonstrate against Missouri History Museum

Around 75 protesters from around the St. Louis community congregated outside the Missouri History Museum on Thursday night to protest the museum’s cancellation of an event that planned to discuss the similarities between recent events in Ferguson, Ayotzinapa and Palestine.

| Staff Reporter

Missouri History Museum stops panel including Palestinian presence

An event planned for Thursday night has been cancelled at the Missouri History Museum after organizers refused to meet the museum’s demand that Palestinian activists be removed from a panel of speakers exploring the similarities between social movements in Ferguson, Ayotzinapa and Palestine.

and | Senior Editors

Shame on the Missouri History Museum

How cruelly ironic that a museum of history would deny a voice to those who have been continuously expunged from the historical record.

Henry Clements | Class of 2014

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