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Program areas at MHM
Education and visitor experience (eve): this division offers programs that engage and educate audiences of all ages and abilities. This division comprises four main departments: community programs, education & interpretation, visitor experience, and volunteer & intern services. Community programs offered 171 programs in 2019 serving 41,354 people from around the st. louis region and from around the country. The community programs department works closely with over 78 organizations from the region to develop and implement relevant and unique programs that look at the region's past to facilitate dialogue pertinent to its future. Education & interpretation had a particularly successful year with the variety of programs offered served 60,672 people with school groups, (continued in schedule o)youth and family programs (not including the 61,807 people who visited the history clubhouse), teens make history performances, and theater productions. Volunteer and intern services had 143 people give 15,122 hours to the Missouri Historical Society through volunteering or interning. Discovery tours introduced 450 people to parts of the city and mhs that they didn't know before. Eve also hosted another successful season of twilight tuesday holding seven concerts for 26,550 people.
Exhibitions and research: the museum presents a number of exhibits each year, both permanent and temporary. The temporary exhibits are a combination of traveling exhibits, as well as exhibits developed and presented by the exhibitions and research staff. The 2019 exhibit schedule included, panoramas of the city, muny memories, flores mexicanas: a lindbergh love story, pulitzer prize photographs, in focus: st. louis post-dispatch photographs, and mighty Mississippi. Attendance to the museum and its exhibits was 323,779 in 2019. Web-based outreach represents a continued opportunity for museums to engage visitors online, providing access to selected items in our collection and additional opportunities to benefit from (continued in schedule o) our programs. Expenses include salaries and supplies associated with researching, designing, installing and maintaining in-house exhibitions as well as those associated with traveling exhibits including traveling and rental fees. This includes media elements produced for exhibitions or films as well as collecting and providing access to oral history interviews.
Library and collections and digital initiatives:the Missouri Historical Society holds the premier regional history collection documenting st. louis, Missouri, the Mississippi and Missouri valleys, the Louisiana purchase territory and the american west. An integrated and multi-format collection, it serves an audience of diverse local, national and international readers and researchers.library and collections and digital initiatives includes the expenses associated with stewardship of the collection overall. Including salaries and supplies associated with conserving, cataloging, processing, digitizing photography and housing the collections. (continued in schedule o)as well as managing the website, online collections and in-gallery interactivities. Mhs collections are accessible to the public through the library and research center, exhibitions at the museum, artifacts on loan to other institutions, our online collections search, and various social media platforms. In 2019, there were 5,579 in-person visits to the library and research center and 5,388 researchers assisted via phone, fax, mail, or email; 81,942 sessions to our online cross collections search and 2,123,776 viewed pages to our mohistory.org website. The collections currently consist of more than 179,000 artifacts in a variety of formats that document the everyday life of the diverse inhabitants of our region. The library contains more than 90,000 volumes. The manuscript collections comprise more than 7,900 linear feet of original manuscript records. The photographs and prints collections contain more than 1 million images. The sound and moving images collection includes more than 74,000 items.