Professor Ragen’s Letter to the NEH.
There is more information on the Eugene Field House on this site and on its own web pages. The foundation will make very good use of any support it receives.
The Eugene Field House was where Roswell Field lived when he practiced law and represented Dred Scott in his bid for freedom and where the poet Eugene Field spent some of his childhood. It is all that remains of what was an impressive row of houses. While there are other fascinating historic houses in St. Louis, only the Field House recalls the world of the city’s professional middle class in the days when St. Louis was becoming a center of the nation’s culture, politics, and economic progress.