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Winter Hikes in Missouri: Explore the Best Trails Year-Round

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While many families think about getting outdoors in the fall, spring and summer months, winter hikes are also a great chance to get outdoors.  Don’t let cabin fever coop you up throughout the winter months, and take advantage of this great time to explore the trails in Missouri State Parks. Missouri has been named the “Best Trails State” by American ... Read More »

14 Ways to Fall in Love with Columbia

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February’s most notable holiday might fall on the 14th, but we think the best thing you do this month could be escaping with your girlfriends (single and taken!) to Columbia. Whether you are looking to relax or go all out, this list will help you and your ladies beat the winter blues. 1.  Stretch out with some yoga. Select from ... Read More »

Missouri’s Lincoln Connections

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Many people are surprised to know that Missouri is one of only five states that observe Lincoln’s Birthday as a state holiday. Most states only observe President’s Day, which falls on George Washington’s birthday and is five days after President Lincoln’s birthday. With Abraham Lincoln’s many ties to the Show-Me state, it makes sense we’d “show-him” special commemoration on his ... Read More »

Historic Black Kansas City: A Vibrant Community for the Ages

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A wide range of ethnic groups have made significant contributions to Kansas City’s cultural landscape for centuries. In the beginning there were the Wyandotte, Osage and Kansa Native American tribes, followed by Eastern Europeans, Irish, Italians, Germans and other immigrants. African-Americans, originally brought as slaves, date back to the early 1800s – an estimated 4,000 laboring here until Emancipation in ... Read More »

Date Night in Weston: Wine, Dine and Leprechauns

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With my kids being basically no-shows on weekend nights with one in college and the other a senior in high school, I now have the luxury of free time! With long lost date nights suddenly being found again, the same question gets asked continually by my husband “what are we doing tonight?” Luckily, I have an easy answer – let’s ... Read More »

The Monuments Men

Kelleher with Group, provided by The Monuments Men Foundation

In the weeks after Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, enemy bombing raids on the American mainland became a distinct possibility. Museums and private collectors began to consider how to keep their collections safe in case of invasion. In response to this growing concern, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art served as a repository for a number of the nation’s most ... Read More »

Seniors Enjoy Hermann

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This senior has been to Missouri many times and yet I had never heard of Hermann. The Ozark Mountains, St. Louis, Branson, KCMO are all in Missouri, and then there is tiny Hermann. Willkommen bei Hermann! This quaint city, nestled along the banks of the Missouri River, is blessed with original architecture, prize-winning wineries, a variety of shops, a strong ... Read More »

Meet the Artists Who’ve Made the Glass for the Missouri Arts Awards

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century, Staatliches Antikensammlung,
Munich – photo by Matthias Kabel

When the Missouri Arts Awards ceremony takes place in the Rotunda of the Missouri State Capitol the first Wednesday of every February, the honorees receive more than applause. As a tangible symbol of recognition for their contributions to the cultural and artistic climate of the state, an original work by a Missouri artist is given to the awardees for Arts Education, ... Read More »

Celebrate St. Louis’ 250th Year with ‘Biggest Birthday Bash’

The Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri on June 28, 2011.

A 250th birthday doesn’t come around every day but when it does, you want it to be a humdinger! That’s why St. Louis is putting together its Biggest Birthday Bash, a year-long celebration in 2014, to commemorate its founding 250 years ago. Here are the key events planned thus far (be sure to check out St. Louis’ birthday website often ... Read More »

Enjoy Missouri’s History on an Interstate 70 Road Trip

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A magical history tour of the Interstate 70 corridor across Missouri’s mid-section found a mother lode of state parks and historic sites to explore. We discovered musicians, artists, founding fathers, Civil War soldiers and the earliest inhabitants of the state. The two-day road trip – a perfect remedy for cabin fever as cooler temperatures set in – began in St. ... Read More »