May 10, 1881

Washington University established the first Art Museum west of the Mississippi, the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, on this date.


May 8, 1871

Phoebe Couzins became Missouri's first woman law school graduate (Washington University in St. Louis). In 1887 she became the first female US Marshall in the country's history. She was also on the Board of Directors for the World's Fair.


January 23, 1887

William Greenleaf Eliot died on this day. He was a co-founder of Eliot Seminary which became Washington University. He was the grandfather of St. Louis author, T.S. Eliot.


This Missouri Illustrator Was Norman Rockwell’s Idol

“You have brought more freshness, charm, and vitality to illustration than any other living illustrator.” Norman Rockwell wrote these words in a letter to graphic illustrator Al Parker in 1948.


February 22, 1853

Eliot Seminary (now Washington University) was chartered in St. Louis on this date.