Built in 1851, the first house in the elegant Lucas Place neighborhood, the Campbell House was the home of renowned fur trader and entrepreneur Robert Campbell and his family from 1854 until 1938. The museum contains hundreds of original Campbell possessions including furniture, paintings, clothing, letters, carriages and a unique set of interior photographs taken in the mid-1880s.
Show Me STL’s Coreen Savitski joined CHM Executive Director Andy to chat about 19th century holiday traditions, the St. Louis Holiday Historic House Tour and how you can bring a little taste of Campbell House Christmas cheer into your own home this year! Click here to view the feature.
The Campbell House Museum is proud to present its annual celebration of a Victorian Christmas, replete with elaborate displays of trees, wreaths, garland and Gilded Age elegance throughout the 1851 home of Robert and Virginia Campbell. Decorations will be up through January 15, 2015. Click here for the complete press release.
Last week we posted about the bizarre timing of early American Thanksgiving celebrations (i.e. sitting down to a turkey feast in June or July) and how, even into the 19th and early 20th centuries, there was no standard date to celebrate the holiday in the United States.
Until Lincoln issued his national proclamation in 1863, it was the responsibility of governors to determine the date of Thanksgiving in their respective states. We did some combing back through Missouri’s history and matched up MO’s Thanksgiving dates with significant dates in the lives of the Campbells. Here’s what we came up with – the date of that year’s Thanksgiving day is listed, followed by a note about what the Campbells had going on that week.
November 29, 1844 (Last Thursday in November): Robert Campbell Jr. died two days earlier on November 27 of the measles. He was two years and eight months old.
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|Monday||By Appointment Only|
|Tuesday||By Appointment Only|
|Wednesday||10 a.m. — 4 p.m.|
|Thursday||10 a.m. — 4 p.m.|
|Friday||10 a.m. — 4 p.m.|
|Saturday||10 a.m. — 4 p.m.|
|Sunday||12 p.m. — 4 p.m.|
Admission and a guided tour is $8 per person, children 12 and under are free (group rates available). Tours usually last between 45 and 60 minutes, the last tour each day begins at 3:30 p.m. Campbell House is open by appointment only on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Free parking is available on the YMCA lot adjacent to the Museum, please see attendant BEFORE parking. Additional Parking is available adjacent to the Museum at public parking meters ($1 for 60 minutes) on both Locust and 15th streets. The meters are free on Sunday.