Ernest Calloway. [State Historical Society of Missouri, Ernest Calloway Papers (S0011), S540.267]

Ernest Calloway was born in Herberton, West Virginia, on January 1, 1909. His family became…

George Washington Carver. [Courtesy of Tuskegee University Archives]

Historians have been unable to determine the exact date, or even year, of George Washington…

Joan Crawford in 1928. [Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, LC-USZ62-133571]

Joan Crawford was born Lucille LeSueur on March 23, 1908, in what she described as “a drab…

Jane Darwell in a photo taken in 1918. [University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections, J. Willis Sayre Collection of Theatrical Photographs, 22471]

Jane Darwell, a pioneering film actress whose career spanned more than sixty years, was…

Perl Decker portrait

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

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,…

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…

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…

Rogers Hornsby in 1925.

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