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Slow Down and Enjoy a Missouri Float Trip

With the rushed time schedules we have nowadays, we sometimes forget to notice the beautiful things in life and to take the time to enjoy them. Most of the rivers in Missouri are as natural and unchanged today as they were when the American Indians fished from their banks. And since Missouri was named after an American Indian tribe, one ... Read More »

Marceline, “Where Walt found the Magic”

I’ve lived in Missouri my whole life and had no idea exactly how magical Marceline would be or what fascinating things were in store for us (KatiesTrail and me) when we started our journey to Marceline. Our mission was to welcome the official Disney Fan Club, D23, to the boyhood home of Walt Disney. Even before we arrived, I was ... Read More »

Memories and Mysteries Revealed in the 1940 Census

If you ask genealogists how they became interested in family history research, many will cite specific childhood memories. Others will point to hints of long-lost family secrets or to a total void of any information. All cite a need to know who they are and where they came from. My interest in history began with the stories my grandparents and ... Read More »

Unicorns, Minotaurs, and the Real World: The Unicorn Theatre in Kansas City

In case you’re wondering, this post is not about a children’s theater. It does, however, describe a theater in Kansas City that is capable of having the same effect on adults as a fantasy-themed theater for children. The Unicorn, located right on Main Street in Kansas City, offers a unique, refreshing and wholly original attraction for theater experts and novices ... Read More »

Celebrate Spring in Sikeston

Ready to celebrate spring? Sikeston is the place to do it! Our spring event season in Historic Downtown Sikeston kicks off with Sikeston-in-Bloom and the Bootheel’s Best BBQ Cook-off on April 28. Both Sikeston-in-Bloom and the Cook-off will be held in Downtown Sikeston.  Sikeston-in-Bloom will be located in American Legion Square (corner of West Malone at North New Madrid Street) ... Read More »

How Missouri Got its Name

Ever wonder how Missouri, the river and the state, got its name? Van Meter State Park, north of Marshall in the west-central part of the state, is the site of an old Indian village that holds the answer to that question. When the French explorers Jacques Marquette and Louis Jolliet arrived in 1673 at the confluence of what came to ... Read More »

Celebrating Small Town America

The Charleston Chamber of Commerce is busy making preparations for the 44th Annual Dogwood-Azalea Festival.  This festival, held the third weekend of April, is one of the premier springtime events in Southeast Missouri. An inferno of pinks, whites, and purples blaze throughout the springtime landscape of Charleston, reminding visitors to the small town located between the confluence of the Mississippi ... Read More »

Experience St. Pat’s Day in Rolla

Get your green on and join us for a century-old tradition; a celebration that pays homage to St. Patrick, the patron saint of engineers.  St. Pat’s in Rolla is a festival of music, games and off-the-wall activities!  The streets are painted green, a royal court is crowned and university students flaunt the creations of homemade wooden shillelaghs. It’s a celebration ... Read More »

The Shows Go On in Branson

Greetings from Branson! As many of you know, on February 29, an EF2 tornado hop-scotched along the famous “Branson 76 Strip.”  We will probably end up calling it the “Leap Year Tornado.” News crews from all over the country descended on our town of 10,000 to report the “devastation.” I was amazed at how Mother Nature hit hard some properties ... Read More »

Missouri’s Tallgrass Prairies: The Show-Me-State’s Big Sky Country

Carpets of scarlet Indian paintbrush, pink shooting stars, lavender wild hyacinth and other early spring wildflowers are the “first wave” of blooms to blanket Missouri’s original prairies. After fall and winter prairie burns, these beauties emerge from the charred earth, followed by a succession of taller wildflowers like late-spring and summer blooming coneflowers, milkweeds, blazing stars, and many native grasses. ... Read More »