Arts, Culture and History

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 »

From Satchel to Satchmo

You all know there’s a lot to do in Kansas City, particularly if you like good food and abundant shopping opportunities. But Kansas City also offers plenty of opportunities to explore and to learn about history, and that’s where places like the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and the American Jazz Museum, which share space as The Museums at 18th and ... Read More »

The Road Home

Here's a look at the first issue of the Stars and Stripes newspaper.

After a night in Poplar Bluff, our group began the long drive home from Southeast Missouri, but we still had a few stops to make. The first area on our itinerary was Mingo Wildlife Refuge in Puxico. After speaking with Vergial,  one of the park rangers there, we took out on a short walking tour, then a short driving tour ... Read More »