Arts, Culture and History

History Comes Alive at Missouri’s First State Capitol

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Saint Charles has the distinction of being one of the oldest cities on the Missouri River. Yep, and we’re the third oldest city in the state! But did you know the City of Saint Charles served as Missouri’s first state capitol from 1821 to 1826? If you’ve ever been to Jefferson City to see the state legislature in action, then ... Read More »

10 Missouri Arts Adventures To Explore This Summer

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Maybe our moods in summer are an echo from childhood, when the season really did bubble over with time to explore new things. Maybe, as recent studies suggest, our biology is hard-wired to feel happier when the weather is warmer and the days are longer. Whatever, summer in Missouri beckons with a spirit of adventure. We propose 10 arts activities to answer that call. Read on for ... Read More »

A Day at the National Churchill Museum

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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 just 90 minutes from St. Louis off of Interstate 70). From the time you arrive in the quaint town of Fulton, home of Westminster College, to the moment you drive toward ... Read More »

King Tut Visits Kansas City

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Recently, I had the chance to explore “The Discovery of King Tut” exhibit at Kansas City’s Union Station. I was stoked from the second it was announced that the exhibit, which has been all over Europe but never to the United States, was going to make its U.S. debut only two hours away in Kansas City. I had to go. ... Read More »

PictureMO: A Salute to Snow

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The 2014 first quarter PictureMO votes are in, and yet again, many exceptional, camera-savvy Missourians have submitted quality images to our quarterly Flickr contest. What is PictureMO, you ask? The PictureMO Flickr group began in early 2013 as a way to show off the photography geniuses of Missouri and to build the Missouri Division of Tourism’s photo gallery. First through third ... Read More »

Kansas City FilmFest Celebrates Animation Roots

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When people think Walt Disney, they usually think Mickey Mouse. When people think Mickey Mouse, they usually think Walt Disney. But there is one man who is often forgotten, without whom Disney’s mascot Mickey, or perhaps Disney all together, would not be possible. In light of the upcoming Kansas City FilmFest, we take a look at the Kansas City man ... Read More »

Big Birthday or Not, Shakespeare Thrives in Missouri

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On Wednesday, April 26, 1564, in a market town 100 miles west of London, Mary Arden and her husband John took their newborn baby boy to their church to be baptized. The parish clerk entered the child’s name in the registry in the customary Latin: Gulielmus filius Johannes Shakspere. Since English children in the 16th century were usually baptized about ... Read More »

Missouri’s Mount Rushmore: Pop Culture Edition

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“Who’s on your Mount Rushmore of presidents?” a co-worker recently asked, in jest, while traveling back from a long day of business meetings. After the laughter subsided, our group debated the merits of presidents, but soon segued into sports and pop culture. The “Mount Rushmore” question really is a fun one. You can apply it to so many subjects, from ... Read More »

Museum Tells Missouri’s Civil War Story

The main floor features displays of artifacts with a cannon, Studebaker wagon and real stuffed horse on an oval island in the middle.

In order to see the country’s newest Civil War museum, you’ll have to visit the oldest active military installation west of the Mississippi River. The Missouri Civil War Museum is in a recently restored building on the parade grounds at the Jefferson Barracks Historic Site in St. Louis. Established in 1826, Jefferson Barracks served soldiers in every major military conflict ... Read More »

The Untamed World of Indie Art and Craft in Missouri

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“So we’re making an apron,” said Jessi Cerutti, “which is a traditional idea, a woman’s garment to wear while doing things in the house. But we’re going to use funky fabric with skulls on it.” The skull apron, Jessi told us, has become an emblem of a movement that is rippling through the nation. This movement plays with irony, cares ... Read More »