Arts, Culture and History

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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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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Discover Art Districts in Missouri

Fun on the water is best enjoyed on hot summer days and there’s nothing like the crisp fall air for watching football. But there’s no prescribed season for celebrating the arts, which means it’s among the activities to embrace year-round in Missouri, where several arts districts make it convenient for you have diverse experiences on your art-focused outings. Here’s a …

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On Memorial Day, Missouri Remembers

Before Memorial Day was the “official start of summer” … before Memorial Day was a three-day weekend … even before Memorial Day was a federal holiday … Memorial Day was a time of honor, reflection and respect:  a day dedicated to remembering the men and women who died while serving in our armed forces. And it should be, still and …

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Celebrate Truman’s Birthday in Missouri

It’s about 1,100 miles from Lamar, Missouri, to Washington, D.C., and he no doubt would have enjoyed the walk. But Harry S. Truman’s path to the White House wasn’t that direct. Before becoming president, Truman served in the Army during World War I, worked retail at a men’s clothing store in Kansas City, served as a judge in Jackson County, …

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Explore Missouri During Black History Month

From museums and historic homes to interpretive sites and national landmarks, several places in Missouri shine a spotlight on people who struggled for societal change and who made lasting contributions in fields ranging from art to science. While these sites can be a focus of your exploration during Black History Month, you don’t have to wait until February to visit …

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17 in 17: Must-see Theater Productions in Missouri

The holidays are over, winter has set in, and if you’re not careful, you’ll end up with a case of cabin fever or at least, the blues. That makes it the best time to plan an escape … into another world. The real magic of theater is the way it can sweep you up and carry you off into another …

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Tour Missouri’s Innovative History While Biking Hwy 36

When you think of innovators and innovations from Missouri, some that might come to mind include Walt Disney, Mark Twain, retailer JC Penney, World War I Gen. John “Blackjack” Pershing, outlaw Jesse James, The Pony Express, the invention of sliced bread, and Dr. A.T. Still. These people and events all have ties and connections to northern Missouri, and the Highway 36 …

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National Churchill Museum: Something for All Ages This Summer

So summer is here and you want to find outings of interest to family members of various ages. One excellent spot is the National Churchill Museum in Fulton (located 90 minutes from St. Louis, just 10 minutes off I-70). Here, Winston Churchill made the “Iron Curtain” speech that many see as the start of the Cold War between the United …

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Summer Road Trips: All Things Harry S. Truman

If this presidential election has you confounded by candidates and dumbfounded by debates, make the logical choice by picking Harry Truman in 2016. Okay. You’re right. Truman isn’t going to appear on official ballots anytime soon, but that doesn’t mean you can’t show him your support by visiting his home state in 2016. Around Missouri, several museums, historic homes and …

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