Relations with Mexico and a Love Story

How Art, Embassies, and the Missouri Historical Society make a positive impact on relations with Mexico.

About this Episode

Flores Mexicanas is a symbol of the relationship between Mexico and the United States. I's history of the love story between Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh is more poitnant in today's political climate than ever.

We hope you enjoy this slice of history, love, and relations between Mexico and the United States.


"Flores Mexicanas" by Alfredo Ramos Martinez on display to the public at the Missouri History Museum for the first time in a half century.

Senior paintings conservator Kristy Jeffcoat, works on cleaning "Flores Mexicanas" at the Miswest Art Conversation Center using an engineered aqueous solution applies on cotton swabs. April 2019. Photo courtesy of the Missouri Historical Society.

Megan Emery, chief conservator and senior objects conservator for the Midwest Art Conservation Center cleans the massive hand -carved wooden frame of the "Flores Mexicanas" painting in the conservation lab at the Missouri Historical Society Library and Research Center.

St. Louis parade for Charles Lindbergh, June 18, 1927. Photograph by Pete Hangge, 1927.

Charles Lindbergh and Dwight Morrow in a parade car in Mexico City, Mexico. Unknown photographer. December 1927.

The Lindberghs received this floor globe as a wedding present from the family that owned Ryan Airlines, the San Diego based company that built the "Spirit of St. Louis." The line you see on the globe were drawn by Charles Lindbergh to mark the routes that he and Anne traveled together from 1929 to 1935. Collections of the Missouri Historical Society. Image courtesy of the Missouri Historical Society.

Both Anne and Charles Lindbergh received the prestigious Hubbard Medal. Anne was the first woman to receive the medal. She was recognized for flying more than 40,000 miles. Charles Lindbergh was awarded the Hubbard medal in 1927 for his flight across the Atlantic. Prior to going on display in the exhibit, conservators at the Missouri Historical Society Library and Research Center removed green corrosion that had started to occur on the hinges of the medal cases which hold the medals. Photo by Cary Horton, 2019. Photo courtesy of the Missouri Historical Society.

Anne Morrow Lindbergh. Photograph by Cordes of New York, no date provided. Photo courtesy of the Missouri Historical Society. Erik and Lyn also have a copy of this photo in their living room.

North to the Orient. Signed by Anne Morrow Lindbergh and Charles Lindbergh

A page from one of Anne Morrow Lindbergh's diaries.

Mentioned in this Episode

About Dr. Frances Levine

Dr. Frances Levine joined the Missouri Historical Society (MHS) as president and chief executive officer in 2014. During her time as president MHS has seen unprecedented growth in attendance and community outreach, and has received numerous awards and national recognition for its exhibits and programs. Dr. Levine is the first woman to serve as the chief executive officer of a St. Louis Zoo-Museum District institution and was recently selected for the St. Louis Business Journal’s Most Influential Women in Business class of 2019.

Previously served as director of the New Mexico History Museum from 2002 to 2014.

Levine has authored, co-edited, or contributed to several award-winning books:

  • Doña Teresa Confronts the Spanish Inquisition: A Seventeenth-Century New Mexican Drama (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2016), winner of a Southwest Book Award from the Border Regional Library Association

  • Battles and Massacres on the Southwestern Frontier: Historical and Archaeological Perspectives, with Ronald K. Wetherington (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2014)

  • All Trails Lead to Santa Fe, with Gerald Gonzalez (Santa Fe: Sunstone Press, 2010)

  • Telling New Mexico: A New History, with Marta Weigle and Louise Stiver (Santa Fe: Museum of New Mexico Press, 2009)

  • Through the Lens: Creating Santa Fe, with Mary Anne Redding and Krista Elrick (Santa Fe: Museum of New Mexico Press, 2008)

  • Our Prayers Are in This Place: Pecos Pueblo Identity Over the Centuries (Santa Fe: University of New Mexico Press, 1999)

Levine received her BA in anthropology from the University of Colorado–Boulder and her MA and PhD in anthropology from Southern Methodist University. She attended the prestigious Getty Museum Leadership Institute, the foremost international source of continuing professional development for museum leaders, in 2009. Levine is a member of the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), the American Society for Ethnohistory, and the Santa Fe Trail Association. She has also served as an AAM accreditation evaluator for museums in the US and Mexico.

About Adam Kloppe

Adam Kloppe is a public historian at the Missouri History Museum and has worked at the Museum since 2013. He has a Master’s degree in American Studies from St. Louis University. He currently lives in the St. Louis area with his wife, Katie.

Students Mentioned from University of Missouri St. Louis

Emily Geno, Brittany Golden, Alec Graham, Sophie Grus, Mariah Huelsmann, Miles Jenks, Samantha Johnson, Jenna Krukowski, Jeffrey Pryor, Matt Sweeney, and Andrew Schleicher.

Plaque recognizing the students in the entryway to the Flores Mexicanas gallery. The program is now called the University of Missouri - St. Louis graduate program in Museum, Heritage, and Public History.

Go Tritons!

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Fun Social Media teaser. This was inspired by imagining what it would be like today if Charles and Anne Lindbergh's engagement was Breaking News on Entertainment Tonight.

Press Release on the Flores Mexicanas Exhibit as a whole.

Press Release on the Conservation of Flores Mexicanas.

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