Join the Campbell House Museum for a lecture by author and Missouri Humanities Staffer, Greg Wolk as he speaks about Ulysses S. Grant. Wolk will present a vivid portrait of the early days of the Civil War and explain how Grant’s experiences in Missouri impacted his rise to immortal fame as a soldier.
Celebrate the bicentennial of the birth of Ulysses S. Grant with an evening reception and tour at the Campbell House Museum, the only house left in St. Louis where the Grants were entertained. Enjoy light refreshments (including Virginia Campbell’s signature Roman Punch) and have your photo taken with U.S. Grant (as portrayed by Stan Prater). Civil War-themed tours of the Museum will be offered.
This event is part of the 9th Annual U.S. Grant Symposium. For more information visit mohumanities.org/grant-symposium
Limited free parking in the Museum lot. Metered street parking available. Event is free. Reservations limited to 35 people.
To reserve your spot please visit: Punch and Pictures: An Evening with Ulysses S. Grant Tickets, Fri, Jul 22, 2022 at 5:00 PM | Eventbrite
Welcome to the downhill slope of Monday, everyone. It’s been a marathon around here the last few weeks, and this is what we have to show for it:
New Civil War Exhibit
Out with the old and in with the new.….Weekend Manager Lindsey is putting the finishing touches on her new exhibit, A Family Apart: The Campbells During the Civil War Years. She’s pulling some of Virginia’s dresses and jewelry out of storage, along with some exceptional old letters. Come by after May 8th to see the story of the Campbells during this turbulent period in American history.
Magical Spring Thing
Sam Clark’s big show — the Magical Spring Thing — on April 14th was a huge success. We’re still recovering from it, but we raised a few dollars for new environmental programming and special projects around the house. Big thanks to Sam and all the volunteers and board members who helped pull off another spectacular show with Union Avenue Opera, St. Louis Ballet, students from Webster University’s Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts, St. Louis Ragtimers and the Ballroom Dance Academy of St. Louis.
Webster High School Lends a Hand
Our garden volunteers (read: Moms and Dads of the CHM staff) are especially grateful for the group of ten Webster Groves High School students and parents who came by on April 10th to do some heavy lifting in the garden. The enthusiastic teens knocked out an impressive amount of weeding, trimming, mulching and planting, and it was a pleasure to have them at the house. The garden looks FABULOUS because of all their help. <please come back!>
The Mysterious Gus Meyer
Between digging up scoop on Lucas Place and the Campbell Family, there isn’t much Intrepid Researcher Tom™ can’t find. Last week, he started the quest to uncover more information about Gus Meyer, a devoted servant who began working at Campbell House as a gardener in 1901, and he eventually worked his way up to be Hugh Campbell’s personal assistant. After Hugh died in 1931, Gus stayed in the house and took care of Hugh’s brother Hazlett until he died in 1938. Gus continued to live in and manage the house until it finally opened as a museum five years later. He signed the Museum’s guest book on its opening day, and we lost track of him after that. Intrepid Researcher Tom™ has found information on his family and what happened to him after he left his job of over 40 years at Campbell House. We’ll make a blog post with all of his findings shortly.
Bring Mom to Campbell House for Mother’s Day
Stumped for what to get your darling mom on Mother’s Day? Easy, bring her to our house for Arias in the Afternoon, a garden party we’re co-hosting with Union Avenue Opera. Spend the afternoon relaxing in our garden and listening to a special one-hour concert while enjoying tea and nibbles from our neighbors, the London Tea Room. It’s going to be a great event and if you bring your mom, you’ll be her favorite son or daughter. We promise. Click here for tickets.
Urban Exploring 2.0: Museum Building at the Missouri Botanical Garden
After the overwhelming popularity of the post on our recent trek through the St. Louis Transit Company Electrical Substation, we’re going to try making Urban Exploring a regular feature. This weekend we had the chance to get inside the Museum Building at the Botanical Garden, a structure that’s closed to the public. A blog post featuring pictures of the Museum Building and Tower Grove House is coming this week.
That’s just some of what is happening at Campbell House. Check back with us for some exciting news on house painting (!), the 2012 Freedom’s Gateway Signature Event, and our Spring Members Party. From the Campbell family to yours, have a stellar week!
Here’s a short letter Robert wrote to his niece Margaret MacCulloch in Ballyarton, Ireland. He sent Margaret 5 pounds Sterling, which is just over $500.00 today. Robert’s youngest child that he refers to is Robert (the third child who had that name, incidentally) who would have been five years old during their summer travels. He died the following summer of diphtheria. And particularly timely is Robert’s paragraph about his financial woes during the Civil War — depreciating property values, people in debt — sound familiar? Times really haven’t changed much.
June 21 1861
My Dear Niece,
Having net with the enclosed bill of exchange of the National Bank at Roscommon in the National Bank of London for Five pounds sterling I purchased it and concluded to send it to you as a present, and at some time to drop you a line to show that I have not forgotten you. I have had frequent talks with my brother’s family about you and all our family in Ireland and was grateful to hear such good account of them.
I had a letter yesterday from your sister Mary Clark in which she mentions all her children who seam to be very promising and affectionate to her. She has named her youngest child Hugh Campbell I think it is some fourteen months old and she says is a very large, fine boy- her daughter are of great assistance to her.
Charlotte is very comfortably situated at Kansas city and when I was last there had got into a very excellent house which John had just built and she felt quite comfortable- She had two fine boys and since then has added a daughter to her family of which of course you have been advised. Your brother Robert B is in the gold region of the Rocky Mnts and through other parties I hear that he is well, but I have not had any letters from him.
Your uncle Hugh lives but a short distance from my residences and my children feel as much at home there as at their own home. They call it “ the other house”. I was about to have left with my family for New Port, Rhode Island where we have passed the last two summers but my youngest child has been unwell and we will not leave before tomorrow or day after as the child in improving and we like to have it well before we start, my brother will follow with his family ten days or so later.
You have seen by the newspapers that our country is in a very deplorable condition, and no immediate prospect of a change business is almost suspended and rents greatly reduced and such …. ……. To be the case until peace is returned. We are unfortunately in a condition to feel these changes less than most people as we are entirely out of debt. But we will be losers by the general depreciation of property in value and many who are indebted to us will not be able to pay for some time and other debts we will lose.
We have not had a letter from sister Ann for some months and she was then just recovering from a severe attack of illness. I trust that she is now quite well again as we all love her very much. I was glad to learn that your father and mother were in good health at last account. You will remember me kindly to you husband and children and to your Father, mother Aunt and sisters- in short to all our relatives
I know you as a good child of some three years, and I like still to recollect you, as such
Affectionately Your Uncle