St. Louis Public Library celebrates hockey in St. Louis with the opening of the Library’s newest exhibit, “50 Years of Blood, Sweat and Cheers—A Tribute to the St. Louis Blues and their Fans” at Central Library, 1301 Olive Street.
The exhibit, presented by St. Louis Public Library, St. Louis Blues, Enterprise Rent-A-Car and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, is free and open to the public, and runs through March 4, 2017.
Fans have generously loaned memorabilia, including jerseys, sticks, programs, ticket stubs and other tchotchkes to make this exhibit possible.
Step into the Great Hall on Central’s Second Floor and immediately feel like you’re inside the Arena, complete with a 75x32 foot ice rink floor, original dasher boards from the Arena, a Glenn Hall statue replica, goalie net, season ticket holder holiday cards from the Salomons - the original owners of the team and wall murals of past and present players.
Skate upstairs to the Carnegie Room on Third Floor and step into the Blues Locker Room to see 30 player jerseys, including the original prototype St. Louis Blues jersey, 60 game-used hockey sticks and eight display cases filled with memorabilia on loan from St. Louis Blues fans.
SLPL’s Central Library is open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.
Following the closure of the exhibit in March, Central will become the official archival home of the St. Louis Blues. Under the new partnership, SLPL will archive fan donations and all team items such as printed materials, photos, programs, rosters, contracts and records, as well as team-issued jerseys, pucks and sticks.