St. Louis Mercantile Library

Past Events




December 7th, 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Curator's Colloquium.  Sean Visintainer, curator of the Herman T. Pott Inland Waterways Library, gave a talk titled "Life Aboard a 19th Century Steamboat."   Tickets were $10.00 for members, $12.00 for non-members. 

November 1st, 12:00 p. m.

Bellefontaine Cemetery: Its Legacy, Past, Present and Future.  Nancy Ylvisaker, President of the Bellefontaine Cemetery Association, was the guest speaker for the 16th Annual James E. Yeatman Lecture. 

September 14th, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Curator's Colloquium.  Nick Fry, curator of the John W. Barriger III National Railroad Library, presented his talk "Taking the Time: Railroads and the Standardization of Time" on Saturday, September 14 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.  Tickets were $10.00 for members, $12.00 for non-members.  

September 12th, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Book reception and private viewing celebrating the Bay Psalm Book, the first book printed in North America.  Only eleven copies of this rare book still exist, and one was on exhibit at the Mercantile Library along with other early New England imprints,  maps and prints.  This book appeared as part of an auction hosted by Sotheby's on November 26, 2013.  It was also on public exhibit at the library on Friday, September 13th.  The flyer for the event is still available here.  

June 13th at 4:00 p.m.

Book Signing Event featuring author and historian John A. Wright, Sr.  Extraordinary Black Missourians: Pioneers, Leaders Performers, Athletes, & Other Notables Who've made History by John A. Wright, Sr. and Sylvia A. Wright.  For details about the book click here.  

May 3, 4 & 5, 2013

At the 7th annual Print Fair, 25 local and national fine print and rare book dealers come together to present a broad array of rare materials apealing to collectors at all levels of experience. From finely illustrated books to prints by Audubon, WPA artists, German Expressionists and Old Masters, original watercolors and historic photographs, the thousands of treasures available to view and purchase include something for every taste and budget. The Fair is presented annually the first weekend in May to benefit the Mercantile Library's collection and conservation funds. 

Saturday, March 16th, 2:00 p.m.

The Civil War & The Railroads: Featuring John W. Barriger IV  Railroads played an important role during the Civil War. John W. Barriger IV talks about how the use of railroads affected the outcome of battles and ultimately helped determine the outcome of the war.

Saturday, March 9th, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Director's Colloquia: The First Books of St. Louis & Missouri.  Director John Hoover speaks about and present for viewing the first imprints of St. Louis and Missouri. 

Saturday, February 9th, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Director's Colloquia: The Pacific Railroad Surveys.  Come see the Director talk about this monumental mapping, scientific and exploratory project that laid the foundation for America's transportation infrastructure that exists to this day. 

Sunday, January 27th, 12:30 p.m.

Brunch & Lecture and Book Signing, featuring Annie Amantea Blum, author of The Steamer Admiral and Streckfus Steamers: A Personal View.  Copies of the book are available for purchase.  Brunch provided.