Artifact of the Week: Chicago Sunday Sun-Times

Three days before Apollo 11 launched into history, the Chicago Sunday Sun-Times released this special newspaper. With an illustration of astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on the surface of the Moon, the story detailed parts of the mission. Unfortunately, the writer incorrectly stated that Armstrong would step foot on the Moon in the early… Continue reading

Artifact of the Week: Smithsonite

Smithsonite is a mineral ore of zinc which typically forms as a globular mass instead of as crystals. This particular specimen has a bluish-green appearance due to copper impurities. The mineral smithsonite was named in honor of English chemist and mineralogist James Smithson, the founder of the Smithsonian Institution, who first identified the mineral in… Continue reading

Artifact of the Week: Carriage Lamp

This solid brass lamp is called the “Neverout Insulated Kerosene Safety Lamp.” Patented by Rose Manufacturing Company of Philadelphia, it was made for a horse or horseless carriage, bicycle, or early automobile. It has a large clear magnifying front lens and two jeweled ruby red lenses that could be seen from behind and from the… Continue reading

Artifact of the Week: Juvenile Ostrich

The common ostrich is one of two living species of ostrich, the large flightless birds of Africa. Although they cannot fly, these birds were meant to run. They can sprint up to 43 miles per hour, and their thick, powerful legs can cover large distances with ease. At just one-month old, ostrich chicks are able… Continue reading

Terracotta Votive Head

This votive, also called a protome, is a three-dimensional terracotta mold. It depicts a female with stylized hair and clearly defined features including a realistic nose, eyes and mouth. Votives in general have mostly been found in sanctuaries and graves and occasionally in homes. They may represent a female devotee and were given as an… Continue reading

Dental Powder “Orthoform” ca. 1920s

Orthoform is a white, crystalline, odorless, and tasteless powder that is slightly soluble in water. Dentists would prepare a compound of the powder with water, then give to patients to relieve pain after a tooth extraction or to treat oral diseases. The compound worked as a local anesthetic and antiseptic, but was only effective when… Continue reading

Farmers’ Almanac – 1955

Since 1818, the Farmers’ Almanac has provided the American public with long-range weather predictions, calendars, and articles on various topics such as the full moon, advice on gardening, conservation, natural remedies and more. This particular year includes an article entitled, “How to Drive… And Stay Alive.” Connect with curiosity!

Three-Toed Box Turtle Collected from Missouri

Did you know that Missouri is home to 18 species of turtles? The official state reptile of Missouri, the three-toed box turtle can be found in forested area with open grassy ranges. The name “three-toed” signifies the three toes on the hind legs of most specimens, while “box turtle” refers to the ability of this… Continue reading

Infinity Companion Book – 2014

All roads lead to Infinity! This book contains the complete collection of 32 comics that tie-in to the Infinity story. With Earth’s mightiest heroes off in space fighting to save the world, Thanos has attacked Earth on a second front. Some of Marvel’s biggest names, like Black Widow, Captain Marvel, Spider Woman and more, unleash… Continue reading