For a limited time, you can immerse yourself in the Blues’ storied history at the St. Louis Public Library.
That’s right, St. Louisans: this winter you can view an incredible collection of St. Louis Blues memorabilia on display at the St. Louis Public Library at 1301 Olive St. The exhibit, entitled “50 Years of Blood, Sweat, and Cheers – A Tribute to the St. Louis Blues and their Fans”, runs from December 5 through March 4th. The best part: it’s free!
History will come alive as you browse. You’ll hear the crowd, the skates, a body check as you walk
through and see the boards from the original St. Louis Arena on Oakland Avenue. The evolving exhibit features jerseys from every era, including the original mock-ups from 1966.
The collection features rare and one-of-a-kind items, many on loan from fans. Pucks, sticks, pictures, and even personalized Christmas cards for season ticket holders are all on display. You can peruse some of the game’s greatest players’ contracts, old programs…anything and everything Blues-related will be there for you to see.
You learn about the franchise’s rich history, the story of how the owner of the Chicago Blackhawks leveraged the NHL to bring the expansion to St. Louis in 1967. Who were the first owners, Sid Salomon Jr., his son, Sid Salomon III, and Robert L. Wolfson? How did the arena become known as The Checkerdome?
Brett Hull, Al MacInnis and other Blues greats mementos are all on display. Take some time to reminisce about “Golden Brett”, or learn about Wayne Gretzky’s brief stay. Take pride in the incredible 25 year run of playoff appearances from 1980-2004.
I can’t think of a better way for a hockey fan–scratch that, a St. Louis fan–to the spend a day.