Arts, Culture and History

Missouri’s Lincoln Connections

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Many people are surprised to know that Missouri is one of only five states that observe Lincoln’s Birthday as a state holiday. Most states only observe President’s Day, which falls on George Washington’s birthday and is five days after President Lincoln’s birthday. With Abraham Lincoln’s many ties to the Show-Me state, it makes sense we’d “show-him” special commemoration on his ... Read More »

Historic Black Kansas City: A Vibrant Community for the Ages

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A wide range of ethnic groups have made significant contributions to Kansas City’s cultural landscape for centuries. In the beginning there were the Wyandotte, Osage and Kansa Native American tribes, followed by Eastern Europeans, Irish, Italians, Germans and other immigrants. African-Americans, originally brought as slaves, date back to the early 1800s – an estimated 4,000 laboring here until Emancipation in ... Read More »

The Monuments Men

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In the weeks after Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, enemy bombing raids on the American mainland became a distinct possibility. Museums and private collectors began to consider how to keep their collections safe in case of invasion. In response to this growing concern, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art served as a repository for a number of the nation’s most ... Read More »

Meet the Artists Who’ve Made the Glass for the Missouri Arts Awards

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When the Missouri Arts Awards ceremony takes place in the Rotunda of the Missouri State Capitol the first Wednesday of every February, the honorees receive more than applause. As a tangible symbol of recognition for their contributions to the cultural and artistic climate of the state, an original work by a Missouri artist is given to the awardees for Arts Education, ... Read More »

Enjoy Missouri’s History on an Interstate 70 Road Trip

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A magical history tour of the Interstate 70 corridor across Missouri’s mid-section found a mother lode of state parks and historic sites to explore. We discovered musicians, artists, founding fathers, Civil War soldiers and the earliest inhabitants of the state. The two-day road trip – a perfect remedy for cabin fever as cooler temperatures set in – began in St. ... Read More »

Keep Warm Watching Missouri-Made Movies

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Winter can get pretty brutal, as we all have seen this year. So why not cozy up, stay in and throw on some Missouri-made movies to get you laughing, crying and, all around, not thinking about how stinking cold it is outside. In no particular order, here is a list of five movies in which you’ll be sure to recognize ... Read More »

History Heats Up Winter in St. Joseph

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While the weather in January and February in St. Joseph might keep many at home on a cold winter’s night, The Pony Express National Museum is preparing its 16th year of sponsoring Tuesday Night Talks. The program has become an incredibly popular and educational. Last year the museum had record-breaking numbers in attendance, and one Tuesday Talk drew 255 people. ... Read More »

The Home of Sliced Bread Makes the Big Screen

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Did you know … Chillicothe is known as the Home of Sliced Bread. In 1928, the great brainpower of Otto Rohwedder and Frank Bench birthed sliced bread. Rohwedder invented the machine and Bench owned the Chillicothe Baking Company. It turned out to be a beautiful marriage of the minds, when Bench’s sales increased by 2,000 percent (no exaggeration). Their invention ... Read More »

Nutcrackers Spin Holiday Fantasies Into Dance

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At a family Christmas party, a young girl is given a toy nutcracker by her godfather, an eccentric toy maker and magician. Late that night, the nutcracker magically comes to life. Wicked mice attack and the girl bravely rescues the nutcracker. He transforms into a prince who takes her on an enchanted voyage to a snowy forest and the candy-sweet ... Read More »

‘Tis the Season for a Weston Candlelight Home Tour

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For those who love history, creativity and the joy of Christmas, there is a quaint 175 year-old town set amongst the beautiful countryside north of Kansas City, where the Holiday Season is brought to life! For 32 years, the small town of Weston, Missouri, with its historical preservation and distinction, has offered up five of its unique homes for the ... Read More »