Barbara Brueggeman

Barbara Brueggeman
Barb Brueggeman is the Web Editor for the Missouri Division of Tourism. She loves birding, being outdoors, and can't resist a good a cappella singing group.

Show-Me the Ozark Trail

Discover Missouri’s extraordinary balance between urban and rural, bright city lights and star-filled skies, places to have a wild time and places that are just plain wild. People come here from all over the world to visit the Gateway Arch, drive Route 66, dine on Kansas City barbecue, and play on our lakes and rivers. But for travelers seeking solitude, …

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What’s in a Name? Missouri-style

How does a town get its name? Back in the day postmasters – as you will see – wielded a lot of power when it came to naming their new towns. Usually the name chosen was that of a prominent citizen, a nearby industry, sometimes a natural feature. However, some of those Missouri postmasters had, shall we say, a slightly …

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National Plan For (Missouri) Vacation Day

“All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” Jack must be an American – because U.S. workers gave up half their vacation days in 2016. We are in grave danger in becoming a nation of dull boys and girls. National Plan for Vacation Day on January 30 intends on changing all that. What it comes down to is: …

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Show-Me State Heros

Heroes rarely believe they are deserving of the title. Perhaps that modesty is part of what makes them heroic in the eyes of their admirers. Whatever the reason for the respect in which we hold them, the Show-Me State has its fair share of ordinary men and women who did extraordinary things or lived extraordinary lives – and have earned …

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Missouri Winter Tourism: Crowd-Free Adventures

Christmas is over. New Year’s Day has passed. We’ve entered the time of year when it’s natural to want to just hibernate. You’ve been surrounded with people and your calendar was stuffed with activities, but now it’s the season of solitude. Cuddle up in front of the fire in fuzzy socks, sipping cocoa and watch old movies. Enjoy it, because …

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Missouri Is A Little Odd

… in all the best ways. The unusual claim to fame, the (a little bit) weird trait, the quirky attribute… they are all what makes a person or place interesting. The Show-Me State has its share. But as Dr. Seuss said “You have to be odd to be number one.” The most powerful earthquake ever to strike the U.S. was …

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Missouri-Made Cheese

Growing up with a non-cooking mother, my exposure to cheese was woefully limited. I knew American, Velveeta (forgive me!), and the catch-all category of “stinky cheese you can’t make me eat.” Fortunately, as I matured, so did my palate – but even so, I labored under the impression that most dairy products came from other states. And although that might …

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Another Reason To Be Grateful: Missouri Inventors

The season of giving thanks may have been last month, but you may have left out a few people that were either Missouri-born or Show-Me State adopted. You may not have known their names, but chances are you know – and have used – their inventions. First are the foodies: Charles Leiper Grigg – Missouri born and bred inventor of …

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How Missouri Got Its Name

What’s in a name? That which we call Missouri, by any other word would likely still be mispronounced. (apologies to Shakespeare). Some place names are easy to figure out. People moved to the New World from York or Hampshire in England, and where they settled became New York or New Hampshire. Or the name came from the desire to honor …

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Show Me Five: Holiday Goodies

What would the holidays be without treats you get only at this most wonderful time of the year? Everyone has special recipes they use that never see the light of day any other time of the year. I suspect there is some kind of cosmic law that prevents me from making my family Christmas cookies any time except at Christmas. …

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