Arts, Culture and History

Missouri Small Towns Can Mean Big Fun for Visitors

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There’s something magical about being in a small town this time of year; a simple, hometown holiday. Parades. Festivals. Traditions. Beautiful vistas. Delicious treats. Unique shopping. The list goes on and on. Small towns are a great place to find incredible entertainment during the holidays and year-round. Chillicothe’s Holiday Parade (held each year on the Saturday before Thanksgiving) is one such ... Read More »

Creative Minds Focus on Missouri Stories

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Who knew Missouri is such a hotbed of imagination? Robert Heinlein … Langston Hughes … TS Eliot … Mark Twain … Maya Angelou … Jim Butcher … Gillian Flynn – to name just a few. Or a sought-after destination for Hollywood filmmakers? “Paper Moon” was shot in Missouri under the guidance of director Peter Bogdanovich and landed an Oscar for ... Read More »

Traveling Missouri’s Highway 36

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The last week of August, the staffs of the Missouri Welcome Centers had the opportunity to tour Highway 36, also known as The Way of American Genius. Innovative individuals such as General John J. Pershing, J.C. Penney and Walt Disney lived along Highway 36, so this path is filled with American history. On our tour we saw a lot of ... Read More »

Shining a Klieg Light on Missouri Film Fests

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“That’s part of your problem, you haven’t seen enough movies,” says Steve Martin in Grand Canyon.“All of life’s riddles are answered in the movies.”   And nowhere will you have a better time at the movies than at a film festival, say the people who create these events for Missouri. “You’ll enjoy the personal playlist of people who are devoted to ... Read More »

Fave Raves for the 2014-15 Missouri Performing Arts Season

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The performing arts never slow down in Missouri, but so many companies focus their seasons on autumn through spring that come September there’s a distinct feeling of “curtain up.” Last year, we seized this occasion to ask arts directors around the state to choose a show in their new season that they would like to spotlight. We also asked them ... Read More »

Art Meshes With Nature at Missouri Sculpture Parks and Gardens

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In a grassy clearing in a St. Louis County park are 18 salvaged steel oil tanks. They have presided there since 1980, when sculptor Alexander Liberman painted them red and welded them into a massive and charismatic structure. The Way is one of more than 50 artworks that live outdoors at Laumeier Sculpture Park—a habitat where art and nature entwine ... Read More »

Battle of Pilot Knob Reenactment and Renaming Ceremony

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The Battle of Pilot Knob was a major Civil War engagement. Reenactors gather Sep. 27-28, 2014, to reenact the 1864 running battle through the Arcadia Valley. In addition to commemorating the 150th anniversary of the battle, a special ceremony, Sep. 27, 2014, highlights the recent name change of the historic site. Saturday, Sep. 27, 2014, at 10:30 a.m., Missouri State ... Read More »

Get to Know ‘The Way of American Genius’

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Whether you’re traveling east or heading west, welcome to Missouri Highway 36, known as The Way of American Genius, the Show-Me State’s 195-mile stretch of Highway 36 in north Missouri. The Missouri Highway 36 Heritage Alliance dubbed the route The Way of American Genius because of its connection to some of the world’s most well-known innovators and innovations. Once called ... Read More »

Take a Walk Through Historic Boonville

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Just off of 1-70, 20 minutes west of Columbia, the town of Boonville is nestled beside the Missouri River. Boonville’s history runs as deep as the river, with hundreds of National Historic sites within the city limits. The Boonville Walking Tour takes you on a journey back in time to the 1800s, where moving West was the dream of many ... Read More »

Bees, Sticky Trees, and Blowtorches: Encaustic Painting Enthralls Missouri Artists

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“There’s a translucency, a mysterious aspect to the final product I cannot achieve with any other medium.” “An unequaled sense of physical depth and distance in time.” “One of the most beautiful paints on the planet.” Julie Snidle, Laura Skroska, and Robin VanHoozer are in love with hot wax. These three Missourians—from St. Louis, Florissant, and St. Joseph respectively—are among a small but ... Read More »