Arts, Culture and History

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 »

Visit Independence – Where Holiday Traditions Begin

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Eggnog and freshly baked gingerbread, caroling in your neighborhood on a chilly evening, opening a present on Christmas Eve and finding a new set of pajamas (again!) or decorating your tree with paper ornaments  made by your children. Everyone has a favorite holiday memory. I’d like to share one of mine, which started many years ago after my first Christmas ... Read More »

Cape Girardeau is North Carthage in ‘Gone Girl’

Sets are being created and cities are being renamed for the David Finch film, "Gone Girl."

Gone Girl filming in Cape Girardeau is the talk of the town, and then some!  It’s so exciting to see locals buzzing about sightings of Ben Affleck, David Fincher, Tyler Perry and Rosamund Pike around Cape Girardeau.  Businesses are already seeing positive effects thanks to the filming.  Cast and crew have relied on local businesses for specific services, such as ... Read More »

Missouri Shows, Stories, and Sounds That’ll Give You the Shivers

This October, Missouri show, stories and sounds will get you into the Halloween mood.

Vampires, ghosts, zombies, and ghouls are prowling Missouri shows this month. They’re slinking across stages and screens—infesting festivals—invading concert halls, museums, galleries, and parks. Forewarned is forearmed! Here’s your guide to the artful scares lurking around our state. Fanciful Festivals Fall foliage at the peak of its glory is the brilliant backdrop for Missouri’s harvest and Halloween festivals. These three ... Read More »

PictureMO Winners ‘Catch Fire’

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Another three months has flown by, which means it is time to announce another round of winners in the Missouri Division of Tourism’s (MDT) PictureMO photo contest. Through PictureMO, MDT asks talented photographers to step behind the lens and showcase Missouri. Each quarter, contestants submit photos that fit a different theme and MDT honors the top three from each quarter. ... Read More »

Touring the Missouri River Valley

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Those of us who have the luxury of living in Missouri know how beautiful and picturesque the state is. When it comes to rivers, lakes and streams, Lake of the Ozarks, the Jacks Fork and the Mississippi River often come to mind. In fact, the Great River Road, which follows the Mississippi River, was recently nominated one of the most ... Read More »

Art Directors Give Personal Picks

Even before there’s a nip in the air, Labor Day heralds a fresh time for the performing arts. As the harvest moon waxes and wanes, companies kick off new seasons that will run through next spring. We’ve asked theater, dance, and music directors from across the state to name an event in their own season that especially tickles their fancy—plus ... Read More »