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Perl Decker portrait

Perl D. Decker was an attorney who served three terms from 1913 to 1919 as a US congressman from Jasper County,…

A portrait of Alexander Doniphan, painted by George Caleb Bingham around 1850

Born on July 9, 1808, in Mason County, Kentucky, Alexander William Doniphan was the son of…

1.	This lithograph depicts Sister Rose Philippine Duchesne late in life. No known photographs of Sister Duchesne are known to exist.

Rose Philippine Duchesne, a French pioneer missionary on the American frontier, was born on…

Curt Flood

Curt Flood spent most of his baseball career with the St. Louis Cardinals, playing center field for them from 1958…

Aerial of Fort Osage

Established in 1808 under the superintendence of William Clark, Fort Osage served as a US military outpost and a…

Daniel Marsh Frost

Daniel Marsh Frost, a Confederate army officer, was born on August 9, 1823, in Mariaville,…

Gert Goebel. [Courtesy of Edith Moore]

Gert Goebel came to Missouri in 1834 as an eighteen-year-old German immigrant, settling in…

Kate Leila Gregg

Kate Leila Gregg, a professor of English at Lindenwood College in St.…

W. C. Handy playing at the fifth annual American Negro Music Festival in St. Louis’s Sportsman’s Park in 1944. [State Historical Society of Missouri, Arthur Witman 120mm Photograph Collection (S0732), 732.31462]

Although William Christopher Handy spent relatively little of his long life in Missouri,…

John Hardeman, best remembered for the botanical showplace he created on the banks of the…

Jean Harlow in a publicity photo. [New York Public Library Digital Collections, Billy Rose Theatre Collection Photograph File, ID# TH-190010]

Jean Harlow was born Harlean Carpenter in Kansas City, Missouri, on March 3, 1911. Her…

William Torrey Harris

Born on September 10, 1835, in North Killington, Connecticut, William Torrey Harris was a…

William Henry Hatch. [University Archives, University of Missouri, collection C:3/25/28]

Born near Georgetown, Kentucky, on September 11, 1833, to Quaker parents the Reverend…

Samuel Hawken. [Missouri Historical Society, Prints and Photographs Division, N38641]

Christian Hawken, a respected gunsmith of Hagerstown, Maryland, taught his six sons and…

Phoebe Apperson Hearst. [State Historical Society of Missouri, Ralph Gregory Photographs Collection (P0604), P0604-10921]

When she was a little girl in pigtails, Phoebe Elizabeth Apperson sometimes rode on the…

Edward Hempstead. [Louis Houck, A History of Missouri from the Earliest Explorations and Settlements until the Admission of the State into the Union, vol. 3 (Chicago: R. R. Donnelley & Sons, 1908), p. 2]

Edward Hempstead, a prominent early Missouri attorney and politician, was born in New…

Rogers Hornsby in 1925.

Born on April 27, 1896, at Winters, Texas, Rogers Hornsby began his professional baseball…

Francis White Cloud. Portrait by George Catlin, circa 1844–1845. [Courtesy of the National Gallery of Art]

The Ioways did not live in what is now Missouri for much of the historical era.…

print illustration of the Marquis de Lafayette

In 1824–1825, the Marquis de Lafayette, famous veteran of the Revolutionary War, returned to America to make a…

Dorothy Leake in the 1920s

Dorothy Van Dyke Leake, an educator noted for her ecological work and her efforts to…

The Lemp Brewery bottling plant at Cherokee Street and Carondelet Avenue

The Lemp Brewery in St. Louis was established by Johann Adam Lemp in the early…

Louisiana Territory transfer ceremony

The Louisiana Purchase, an 1803 land deal between the United States and France, doubled the size of the United…

Annie Malone photo

Annie Minerva Turnbo Pope Malone was born in Metropolis, Illinois, on August 9, 1869, to Robert and Isabella Cook…

Hanging rock

Located in the southwest corner of Missouri, McDonald County borders Arkansas and Oklahoma. Situated within the…

Patricia and Fredrick McKissack

Patricia C. McKissack dedicated her career as a writer to showcasing black voices through children’s books and…