1 year ago tomorrow, Campbell House Museum embarked on a new venture — this blog. For the past twelve months, we’ve posted a letter from “This week in history”. Since tomorrow is the 1 year anniversary of the blog’s creation, we thought we’d commemorate it by updating you on the PRESENT at Campbell House!
First, the museum would like to thank the loyal readers on this blog. In 1 year, we’ve had 1,210 hits on this blog, far surpassing what we had originally hoped to achieve. Thank you all so much for sticking with us! Robert and Virginia Campbell and their relatives can truly come alive when you read their letters; we hope you’ve enjoyed getting to know the Campbell family and that you continue to read what your “favorite characters” write each week . We would also like to thank those who have become a “fan” of Campbell House Museum on Facebook. We started the Facebook page at the same time we started the blog, and over the course of a year we’ve reached 100 fans! Both the Facebook page and the blog have increased our visibility in St. Louis and the world; we truly appreciate all your support. If you wish to keep up with Campbell House even more closely, you can also check out our brand new Twitter account, campbellhmuseum, where we’ll be sending out quick tweets for exciting stuff in the museum!
Now, here’s an update on what’s happening at the museum. Tomorrow, Saturday May 15, is our annual spring member’s party. If you are a member of Campbell House Museum, we hope you join us and bring a friend. If you are not yet a member, we hope you consider joining ( http://stlouis.missouri.org/501c/chm/membership.htm ) and supporting our mission of preserving the Campbell story.
Our “Immigration Adventures to America” exhibit has been up since November and has been a great success! To go with that exhibit, we have published Shelley Satke’s transcription of Hugh Campbell’s 1818 journal, documenting his immigration to America. The journal is on sale in the museum’s gift shop for $5.95. It’s a fascinating story, and we hope you all come see the exhibit and buy the book! Speaking of books, you can still pick up Patrick MacCulloch’s The Campbell Quest in the gift shop! If you like the letters you’ve read here, you’ll love The Campbell Quest. The stories that Patrick tells about his relatives (some of whom are featured on here) are so fascinating that you won’t be able to put the book down! Lastly, the museum is proud to announce the publication of it’s upcoming childrens book, Welcome to My House — The Campbell House by Katherine Heugatter, illustrated by Laura Pelsue. Let servant Gus Meyer take your kindergarten-3rd graders on a fun tour of the house, complete with activities and pictures, and help them learn about the Campbell family in their own way! The childrens book is about to be printed and will be on sale for $7.95 in the gift shop. We hope you all come to the museum to see these new stories and learn about the Campbell family.
Lastly, we are so excited to announce our new spring event. On Saturday June 19, the Campbell House will host “A Magical Spring Thing” at the Magnificent Mahler Ballroom! This incredible night of entertainment will feature the magic of the circus, the magic of musical theater, the magic of dance, the magic of opera, the magic of illusion, and the magic of light. There will also be a live auction featuring several magical things, including 7 night beachfront accommodations in the Virgin Islands, a Michael Eastman photo, and jewelry from Tiffany and Co — who wouldn’t want that? Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served at 7 PM and the show begins at 8. Tickets are $125 or $150 for preferred seating. Cocktail attire is preferred and valet parking is available. All proceeds from this event benefit the Campbell House Museum. Please come enjoy this incredible night and support Campbell House Museum!
Thank you all for sticking with us through the first year of the blog. Happy blog-iversary from Campbell House Museum! Here’s to the next twelve months of “This Week in History!”