April 9, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
St. Louis, MO- The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers is converting the former boardinghouse where its forerunner was founded into a museum.
The brick building west of downtown was the home of lineman Henry Miller, who in 1891 met with nine fellow workers outraged at deadly working conditions and low pay to form the National Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. “The whole idea of the IBEW was started in St. Louis,” said spokesperson Mark Brueggenjohann. Local 1 in St. Louis bought the long-abandoned building for $53,680 last year, and is renovating it to create a replica of Miller’s room on the second floor and a bar on the first. “We’ll be able to walk on the same floors and touch the walls where it all started,” said Tim Murray, a Local 1 business representative. The museum and a park next door with statues of the 10 founders are slated to open in September, when the IBEW will hold its convention in St. Louis and celebrate its 125th anniversary. Read more