Arts, Culture and History

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 »

Art Walks Showcase Missouri’s Best

Carthage is just one Missouri city to find an art walk. (Photo by Koral Martin, courtesy Missouri Arts Council)

It’s a balmy spring evening on Main Street, Missouri. Every storefront window is alight. As you stroll along, you see through the glass bright flashes of color from displays of paintings, photographs, jewelry, sculpture — and crowds of people admiring and talking about them. The door to a restaurant swings open to the sounds of conversation and laughter. On one ... Read More »

Ride Through History With Route 66 Exhibit

Learn more Route 66 history with a special exhibit at History Museum on the Square in Springfield.

A Route 66 exhibit titled “Woodruff’s Dream: The Mother Road Through Springfield” is on display at The History Museum on the Square, 155 Park Central Square, in Springfield. The museum is open 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday; the exhibit runs through Aug. 31. Admission is $5 for adults; $3 for children; and free for ages 2 and younger and ... Read More »

Hunt for History Leads to Washington’s Sword

Washington Reviewing His Troops

My husband, Major General Steve Danner, has received many gifts for gallantry and leadership during his 40-plus years in the Army. However, he has never received and does not have an officer’s dress sword. Dress swords are used for various ceremonial proceedings, including, among other activities: change-of-command ceremonies; weddings; and other formal events. Steeped in history, purpose and pride, wearing ... Read More »

Dining with Churchill

Westminster College President Barney Forsythe, Churchill author Cita Stelzer and National Churchill Museum Executive Director Rob Havers sit down to the same meal Winston Churchill was served at the college before giving his famous Sinews of Peace speech. Stelzer visited the college to promote her new book "Dinner With Churchill: Policy-Making at the Dinner Table." Photo by Dean Asher of The Fulton Sun.

“It has become fashionable to honor (Winston) Churchill at commemorative events by duplicating the meals he was served.”  ~ “Dinner with Churchill, Policy-Making at the Dinner Table,” by Cita Stelzer I recently experienced a Churchillian meal when I joined author Cita Stelzer, and a small group of others, for a lunch that duplicated the meal served to Winston Churchill when ... Read More »

Hunter-Dawson Offers Glimpse of Southern Living

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A tour of any of three historic Missouri mansions reveals plenty of secrets about their long-gone owners. The state historic sites in the Missouri parks system include battlefields, birth places, cemeteries, covered bridges, homesteads, grist mills and ancient Indian villages. Also on the list are three grand homes with much of their contents remaining as if the residents had stepped ... Read More »

Sikeston Readies for Battle of Sandy Ridge Reenactment

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Looking for adventure and fun-filled activities? Look no farther than Sikeston, where the Battle of Sandy Ridge Civil War reenactment is set for March 1-3 on the site of the original battle. I’ve attended the Battle of Sandy Ridge on several occasions and am astounded at the historical knowledge and authenticity the reenactors bring to the event. Soldiers attached to ... Read More »