Arts, Culture and History

Missouri’s Rich History of Winemaking

Winemaking has deep roots in Missouri, if you’ll forgive the pun. Learn more about the rich and robust history of wine in the “Show Me” State. 1837 German settlers established the town of Hermann on the banks of the Missouri River. Although too rocky for many crops, the ground around Hermann was well-suited for growing wine grapes. A decade later, …

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Missouri Museum Madness: Quirky

What do you look for in a vacation? If you’re a fan of the quirky, strange, off-beat, peculiar and odd, make sure you visit one, or more, of these Missouri museums – you won’t be disappointed! On display at Leila’s Hair Museum in Independence are thousands of pieces of jewelry, buttons, wreaths, pictures, bookmarks and other artistic creations, all made …

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Soak in History and Culture in St. Charles

The simple definition of museum is a building in which interesting and valuable things (such as paintings and sculptures or scientific and historical objects) are collected and shown to the public. I did say that was the “simple definition.” Museums come in all shapes and sizes, with different collections and focus, but one thing is common, they are a place …

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Missouri Museum Madness: Sports

Spotlighting everything from professional baseball to archery, sports museums in the Show-Me State offer a variety of experiences for guests to enjoy. Your sports-themed adventure might include a ride in a NASCAR simulator or taking a chance on making the game-winning basket. So where can you get your sports fix in Missouri? Read on to learn more. College Basketball Experience, Kansas …

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Missouri Museum Madness: Military

Winter in the Show-Me State is a great time to embrace your inner geek and hit the museum circuit. My love of history and our nation’s military is well-established and I’m really lucky to live in Missouri, where I can indulge my curiosity and fascination in every corner of the state. Closest to home for me is the Museum of …

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Appreciate the Past at One of St. Joseph’s Museums

There are many iconic, American stories, but few have attracted world-wide fascination like the Pony Express and the outlaw Jesse James.   And while guests to our area typically come specifically to see the two museums dedicated to those stories, most are surprised by all of the other opportunities here in St. Joseph! I had a friend from the East Coast …

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Enjoy the Show Underneath the Stars

Every introductory theatre class teaches you about the ancient outdoor theaters of Greece and Rome. What they may not teach you is that the oldest and largest outdoor theater in America made its home in St. Louis, Missouri. For nearly a century, the St. Louis Municipal Opera (better known as the Muny) has offered professionally-mounted Broadway musicals set on a …

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Enjoy the Show: Kansas City Live Theaters

Experience the city’s vibrant performing arts culture in these favorite local venues Kansas City’s performing arts venues are as diverse and captivating as the performances they host. Whether you’re in the mood for a touring Broadway musical, a family-friendly performance or a quirkier creation from a local playwright, you’ll find all of these—and more—in the city’s performance spaces. We’ve compiled …

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The Churches of Ralls County

Missouri has an abundance of rural churches from many faiths and eras.  Each one tells a story through its architecture, history and its place in the community.  Many are made from locally provided materials; all are unique. Ralls County, in northeast Missouri, is home to numerous rural churches that served as focal points for their communities. Some of their congregations …

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Show-Me Scary: Southwest Missouri

Southwest Missouri has a lot to offer in terms of haunted history and terrifying good times. Here is a look at some of the spooky locations in Southwest Missouri. Go ahead, scare yourself silly. Curious to see what haunts a historic castle? Want to stay in a haunted bed-and-breakfast that was originally a school house built in 1907? Then head …

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