Missouri History Museum Subdistrict

Details about the Missouri History Museum Subdistrict

Overview

The Missouri History Museum Subdistrict is a "subdistrict" of the larger ZMD (The Zoological Park (Metropolitan) & Museum District (Cultural District). The Commission is charged with overseeing the management of the Missouri History Museum and in particular its operation as a political subdivision of the larger ZMD and, ultimately, the state.

The Missouri History Museum Sub-district shall consist of a political sub-district which shall provide for the collection, preservation, and exhibition of items relating to the history of the entire state of Missouri and of the Louisiana Purchase Territory.

The Missouri History Museum Sub-district shall be governed by a commission consisting of ten members, five of whom shall be appointed by the Mayor of the City of St. Louis.

There shall also be four nonvoting advisory members, two of whom shall be selected by the Mayor of the City of St. Louis, with 4-year terms subject to the advice and consent of the Board of Aldermen.

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Board Members

Showing 13 active board members (maximum 14)
Name Role End Date
Laura Cohen Member 12/31/2025
Judith Abrams Member 12/25/2025
Valerie Bell Member 12/31/2024
Vickie Henson Member 12/31/2024
Carmen Dence Non-Voting 09/30/2024
Thomas Grady Non-Voting 09/30/2024
Gilberto Pinela Non-Voting 09/30/2024
Jason Wilson Non-Voting 09/30/2024
Jeremy Colbert Member 12/31/2023
Cynthia Crim Member 12/31/2023
Frank Hamsher Chairperson 12/31/2023
Elizabeth McNulty Member 12/31/2022
John Nations Member 12/31/2022

Authorizing Legislation

Rev. Mo. Stat. 184.358 (1992).

Board Duties and Purpose

Each respective sub-district is hereby empowered to own, hold, control, lease, acquire by donation, gift or bequest, purchase, contract, lease, sell, any and all rights in land, buildings, improvements, furnishings, displays, exhibits and programs and any and all other real, personal or mixed property, or to contract with other persons to provide for any and all services for the purposes of the sub-district.

Upon the creation of a Missouri history museum sub-district as provided for in section 184.353, all buildings, property, and facilities which are wholly publicly owned and which are then in the care and custody of the Missouri history museum sub-district or of any person providing Missouri history services to the Missouri history museum sub-district by contract shall become the property of and vest in the Missouri history museum sub-district on the date such sub-district shall be established as provided in section 184.353.

Any obligations, duties, rights, privileges of whatever description pertaining to or relating to the maintenance, operation, construction, design, or affairs of such buildings, property, and facilities shall be assumed by the Missouri history museum sub-district.

Member Requirements

The Missouri History Museum Subdistrict established as provided in section 184.353 shall be governed by a commission consisting of ten (10) members to serve without compensation for a term of 4-years except as provided in this section.

Five (5) commissioners and their respective successors of each commission shall be appointed by the chief executive officer of the constitutional charter county and five (5) commissioners and their respective successors of each commission shall be appointed by the chief executive officer of the constitutional charter city from persons nominated and submitted by the respective then existing commissions.

The authority to appoint shall include the authority to reject and in such case an additional nominee or nominees shall be submitted. The commissioners shall hold office for a term of 4-years.

The commission shall nominate a person to replace members of the class whose terms are to expire or to fill a vacancy. Commissioners who have been appointed by the chief executive officer of the city shall be residents and registered voters of the city during their tenure in office and commissioners who have been appointed by the chief executive officer of the county shall be residents and registered voters of the county during their tenure in office.

There shall also be four (4) nonvoting advisory members. Two of the advisory members shall be selected by the chief executive officer of the constitutional charter county and two of the advisory members shall be selected by the chief executive officer of the constitutional charter city, with such 4-year terms subject to the advice and consent of the respective legislative bodies of the city (Board of Aldermen) or county in which the proposed member resides.

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