By all means, if you haven’t had the opportunity to check out the St.Louis Public Library’s St.Louis Blues exhibit at the Central Library downtown, take a long lunch (your boss won’t mind, I promise) and browse. There’s a ton of unique artifacts, equipment, programs, even bits of the old Arena boards are on display in the lobby. Let’s face it - if you’re reading this, you’re already a diehard fan, so you will definitely enjoy this exhibit. Do yourself a damn favor and get down there, if for no other reason to see a quote from Gametime’s own Brad Lee emblazoned on the wall. From the Blues press release:
"50 Years of Blood, Sweat and Cheers - A Tribute to the St. Louis Blues and their Fans" will open on Monday, Dec. 5 at the Central Library. The exhibit, which is presented by St. Louis Public Library, is made possible through the support of presenting sponsor Enterprise Rent-A-Car and media partner the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. It will remain open through March 4.
The exhibit includes the original boards from the Old Arena on Oakland Avenue, the original prototype St. Louis Blues jersey, an amazing Glenn Hall statue replica, season ticket holder holiday cards from the Salomons - the original owners of the team - and game-used sticks, jerseys and even many items loaned and donated from the personal collections of Blues fans.
"The depth of the tradition, the longevity of the franchise, the quirky little details of the some of the items produced over the years: everything from various programs to a Keith Tkachuk lunchbox. It's quite an array," said Blues Chairman Tom Stillman. "It's probably the tip of the iceberg for what's really back in the various closets and cabinets in a lot of fans' homes. It speaks to our passionate fan base."
I’ve added an album of photos I took at the library - if you’re a long-distance Blues fan, or just too lazy to drive downtown, enjoy the pictures!