Arts, Culture and History

History Lessons at Lincoln University

Lincoln University in Jefferson City holds  American History unknown by many.

On a few previous occasions, I’ve written about my love and fascination with history. Well, here’s another story. Recently, I got the chance to visit the American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar in Richmond, Va. This museum examines the war from the multiple perspectives of the Union, Confederate and African-Americans who lived through it. You may be wondering why ... Read More »

Tiny Arrow Rock is Big on Charm

Chez Trappeur restaurant

Great theatre productions and fabulous food are hallmarks of a trip to historic Arrow Rock, a small town in northwest Missouri. I recently was part of a group outing to Arrow Rock; our focus was catching a production at Lyceum Theatre, but I was blown away by the town and its charm. The first item on our agenda was a ... Read More »

PictureMO Winners Focus on Water

Morning Fog

The votes are in and yet again we have found many talented camera-savvy Missourians who have submitted their masterpieces to PictureMO. This time around Missouri resident shutterbugs were inspired by scenes featuring bodies of water. What is PictureMO, you ask? The PictureMO Flickr photo group began in early 2013 as a way to show off the photography geniuses of Missouri ... Read More »

Everyday Objects on a Giant Scale Make Playful Art

Shuttlecocks by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje Van Bruggen- Photo by Mark McDonald.

If the aluminum giant struggling to emerge from the ground in St. Louis County ever makes it out, he can play badminton on the lawn of a museum in Kansas City, and have the turtles in a St. Louis park for pets. Both Turtle Playground by Bob Cassilly and Shuttlecocks by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art take things ... Read More »

Girls Getaway to Kansas City

Kansas City, photo courtesy of Brian Devero

My friend Sara and I, usually tromping across the state with our two rowdy boys, found ourselves boy-less, a few days before the weekend. Sara, who I might add is not crafty, proposed a quiet weekend of scrapbooking. I proposed we forget scrapbooking and seek amazing food, signature cocktails, a world-class concert, great art, culture and style! I told her, ... Read More »

Poet, Painter, Sculptor, Scribe: Artists Intertwine Disparate Skills

Missouri Arts Council Blog July 3

Michelangelo painted frescoes and carved statues. Miles Davis blew the trumpet and designed album covers. J.R.R. Tolkien wrote novels and drew hundreds of scenes and maps to illustrate the worlds he chronicled. In Missouri today, there are many artists whose creativity likewise flows through more than one channel—or as Peggy Wyman puts it, “have more than one arrow in their ... Read More »

Paint and Sip

The Canvas on Broadway

It was my “artsy-craftsy” sister’s birthday, and I’d found the perfect gift. A paint and sip evening at The Canvas on Broadway. What’s a paint and sip event? It’s a painting class where you also have wine and music and the best part is you don’t have to be artistic. I know I’m not, but I created a masterpiece all ... Read More »

Create Your Own Art: Family Arts and Crafts

Kids can express their creative sides in pottery classes around the state.

Throughout Missouri’s museums and exhibits you’ll find plenty of opportunities for the family to create their own arts and crafts. Here are a few stops to check out along the way … NORTHWEST Start your family arts and crafts adventure at the Puppetry Arts Institute , in Independence, to learn the history of puppetry and watch a featured presentation. Visit ... Read More »

Lost and Found: The Search for Harry and Edna

Harry and Edna atop a glacier in Alaska; 1958, which was the year before Alaska became the 49th state.

Admittedly, until recently, I didn’t know much about a collectors genre known as Lost Photos or Other People’s Photos. Sure, I’ve visited my fair share of antique malls, and often wondered how old photos — framed or otherwise — came to lose their way and get beyond the grasp of familiar family circles. How does that happen, right? But the ... Read More »

Book Tour Offers Insights on America

The National Churchill Museum in Fulton

Editor’s note: This post appeared on The Weekly Standard’s website; a portion is reprinted here with permission of the author, Cita Stelzer. You learn a lot about America and its people on a book-signing tour. I’ve been around the country signing copies of my new book about Winston Churchill, giving talks about the “greatest Briton of all time” and how ... Read More »