Author Archives: Katie Steele Danner

KC Chiefs in St. Joseph: A Different Type of Summer Camp

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There is a joke among my family and friends about being fans of the Kansas City Chiefs. We say that when we die, we want the Chiefs to serve as our pall bearers so that they can “let me down one more time.” That might sound dismissive, but in truth, it goes to the fierce loyalty we carry for our ... Read More »

Let Travel Have a Positive Effect on You

Several MACVB attendees arrived early for a service project in Joplin.

I just returned from Joplin where I joined energetic, enthusiastic and authentic tourism leaders at the Missouri Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus Annual Conference. The individuals working at CVBs across our state have passion for people that correlates with their passion for travel and tourism. Those of us working in this industry don’t need to talk about the eye-opening, ... Read More »

Tourism Matters in Missouri

Missouri State Capitol, Jefferson City

Tourism matters. That’s something you likely hear from Missouri’s dedicated tourism professionals when you ask them about the travel industry in the Show-Me State, but it’s more than a catch phrase or something that’s chanted at industry meetings. It’s a simple statement of fact. In Missouri, and across our nation, tourism really does matter. That’s part of the reason it’s ... Read More »

Hunt for History Leads to Washington’s Sword

Washington Reviewing His Troops

My husband, Major General Steve Danner, has received many gifts for gallantry and leadership during his 40-plus years in the Army. However, he has never received and does not have an officer’s dress sword. Dress swords are used for various ceremonial proceedings, including, among other activities: change-of-command ceremonies; weddings; and other formal events. Steeped in history, purpose and pride, wearing ... Read More »

Remembering Andy Williams

Today, as I reflect on his passing, I am so thankful for the incredible opportunity to have known Andy Williams. Although I have been a consistent fan of his musical talent, I became more enamored when I met him on a golf course in 2002; we shared notes about living on Lake Taneycomo. We delighted in noting lake life was ... Read More »

Remembering the Titanic

This is an excerpt from the a story told by Jaynee, Titanic’s First Class Maid and one of the faces of Titanic Museum Attraction in Branson. This post commemorates the 100th anniversary of the sinking of Titanic, which hit an iceberg in the late-night hours of April 14, 1912, then sunk in the early morning hours of April 15, 2012. ... Read More »

Branson’s Birthday Bash

Here are the notes from my speech at the opening of the Branson Centennial Museum: The novelist, poet and author of The Prophet, Khalil Gibran said, “Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as by the attitude you bring to life; not so much by what happens to you as by the way your ... Read More »

Hunting With My Dad Not Typical Outdoor Experience

My Dad used to be a hunter.  He would store his “harvest” in the garage refrigerator for my brother and sisters and me to enjoy at our pleasure.  The garage refrigerator is an appliance that you will find in all of our homes. Dad’s “trophies” were aluminum, plastic, or sometimes bottled.  He did not pursue any firearm hunting.  Dad liked ... Read More »

Explore Highway 79; A Colorful Adventure Awaits

The World Series has St. Louis in the national and international spotlight, and we all hope that the St. Louis Cardinals can be the comeback team of the year by taking games 6 and 7 this week in St. Louis. But as the sports enthusiasts follow the boys of summer into their final games, Missourians to the north of St. ... Read More »

Missouri Governor’s Conference on Econonomic Development

Last week, we hosted the 2011 Missouri Governor’s Conference on Economic Development in Springfield.  If you follow me on Twitter at @KatiesTrail, I tried to share some activities of the conference, including the insightful speeches and breakout sessions. I was honored to open the conference and introduce Springfield Mayor Jim O’Neal as he welcomed all.  He understands how important the meetings and conventions ... Read More »