Exhibiting History

A wall of Saint Louis University presidents welcomes visitors to the exhibit. A photo and brief biography of each of SLU’s 33 presidents combine to create a visual representation of past and current University leadership.

Entrance to SLUMA

A wall of Saint Louis University presidents welcomes visitors to the exhibit. A photo and brief biography of each of SLU's 33 presidents combine to create a visual representation of past and current University leadership.

A wall of Saint Louis University presidents welcomes visitors to the exhibit. A photo and brief biography of each of SLU’s 33 presidents combine to create a visual representation of past and current University leadership.

A section dedicated to Billiken athletics rounds up some highlights and gems, including the 1908 design patent for the Billiken, created by Florence Pretz as a mythical figure representing “things as they ought to be.”

The exhibition includes an original copy of Saint Louis University’s 1832 charter, which established SLU as the first university west of the Mississippi River.

The microfilm reading room in Pius XII Memorial Library had large readers and special tables that offered “modern” accommodations to researchers. This equipment is included in the exhibition courtesy of the Vatican Film Library.

A visitors’ register from an early SLU museum contains the signatures of many patrons, including renowned author Charles Dickens, who visited St. Louis in 1842.

The east wing of the exhibition explores how Saint Louis University responded to the changing times of the 20th century.

Longtime SLU biochemistry professor and Nobel laureate Dr. Edward A. Doisy warrants his own section of the exhibition. The citation given to Doisy when he received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1943 for his discovery of the chemical nature of vitamin K is featured.

A collage of recent photos brings the visitor back to the present — and foretells the future — of Saint Louis University.

The “Always at the Frontier” bicentennial exhibition is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday until Dec. 30. Admission is free and open to the public.

The exhibition includes an original copy of Saint Louis University's 1832 charter, which established SLU as the first university west of the Mississippi River.The exhibition includes an original copy of Saint Louis University's 1832 charter, which established SLU as the first university west of the Mississippi River.