Arts, Culture and History

What’s in the Boonslick?

A couple of weeks ago, I had the opportunity to travel around the Boonslick Area with Missouri Tourism Director Katie Steele Danner. The Boonslick Area is rich in  cultural heritage and history. From Civil War to African-American history, you can be sure to find it there.  Visiting the various towns and communities was like a step back in time. I ... Read More »

Ideas for State Employees to Enjoy the Truman Holiday Weekend

A three-day weekend is the perfect opportunity to take time to see Missouri. There are many fun events to attend this weekend, along with great new attractions around the state. Or, you may choose to take this opportunity to explore some place you have never been but always said you would like to see. Here are just a few ideas ... Read More »

Around Missouri This Weekend

It’s a little bit later than usual (blame it on a hectic week) but here’s a look at some of the events set for this weekend around Missouri. All of these events are posted on www.VisitMO.com if you’d like to find more information. Here’s what’s happening: Ansel Adams: Masterworks Exhibit, (today-June 27), Crisp Museum, Cape Girardeau: This exhibit features photographs ... Read More »

What to do, What to do …

If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, look no farther than Missouri. From live music and shows to special exhibits and festivals, there’s more than enough to keep you busy. Some “this weekend only” events (along with a few events that begin this weekend and run for some time) taken from our events Calendar on www.VisitMO.com are listed ... Read More »

Missouri celebrates all things Irish

St. Patrick's Day Parade 2009, Rolla

“Life is no brief candle to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got a hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.” George Bernard Shaw Over the years, there is no day that makes me think of family and good ... Read More »

Missouri Has Film Festivals, Too

I am preparing for departure from my three days at the annual Sundance Film Festival.  In addition to enjoying the premier of “Winter’s Bone” (see story at http://News.Visitmo.com/DivisionNews/Detail/Missouri-Offers-Ideal-Locations-for-Filmmakers), we have been able to meet with film office staff, economic development specialists, lawyers, tax advisors, producers, site-selection officials, and tourism officials to promote the film, entertainment, tour and travel industries in Missouri.  ... Read More »

Thinking about history

I’ve never been much of a history buff. (Sorry, dad.) But doing research and talking with state historians about African-American history uncovered what, to me, were new and interesting stories about some of the people who made great contributions to this country. For example, George Washington Carver was born into slavery. His mother was kidnapped when he was about one ... Read More »

2010 Travel Guide

The 2010 Missouri Travel Guide

Well, the new 2010 Missouri Travel Guides have been here for about a week and I’m quite pleased with how they turned out. The cover looks excellent — featuring Mark Twain and the Pony Express, which both celebrate significant anniversaries in 2010 — and the color pictures on the inside really pop. I am hopeful readers find the 2010 Travel ... Read More »

Behind The Walls

Thankfully, I never had to serve time in the old Missouri State Penitentiary. Perhaps that’s why I was glad to return Wednesday for my third tour of the historic property, located in the heart of Jefferson City. First, a little history: The prison was decommissioned in 2004. It has been open for public tours and, this year, the Jefferson City ... Read More »

One Wild Idea, Thousands of Treasures

Many of us have come up with wild ideas, but very few people follow through on those. I was able to travel this week to Kansas City for some meetings near the River Market area and, while there, ventured over to the Arabia Steamboat Museum (www.1856.com). This museum is an excellent showcase of what can happen if you follow through ... Read More »