Arts, Culture and History

Hail to the Chief!

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With President’s Day fast approaching, why not resolve to learn about former president Harry S. Truman and his many ties to Independence? You might be surprised to discover Truman and his family had more connections throughout this fascinating city than you might imagine. The obvious first choice on your journey of exploration should be the Harry S Truman Home National Historic ... Read More »

Storytelling in Cape Girardeau Generates a Legacy of Stories Among Fans

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The most renowned storytellers in the business have passed through Southeast Missouri while performing at storytelling events in Cape Girardeau during the last five years. Their stories are famous among devoted fans of the art form, but it’s the tales that center around the storytelling events here in Cape Girardeau that resonate with me. Here’s a quick story about the ... Read More »

Holiday Scenes from Historic Sites

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Missouri Division of Tourism writer Tom Uhlenbrock put together this photo essay during his holiday-season travels to Missouri State Historic Sites, and nearby attractions, in Hermann, Ste. Genevieve, and St. Charles. We hope you enjoy them. Happy Holidays from the VisitMO staff! Read More »

A Christmas Tradition in Kansas City

Recently, I made a trip to Kansas City to check out a long-standing Christmas tradition, the Kansas City Repertory Theatre’s annual production of “A Christmas Carol.” Most people equate the holidays in Kansas City with the famous Plaza Lights, but for 32 of the last 33 years, the Repertory Theatre – or just The Rep – has delighted audiences with ... Read More »

Step Back, Step Out with Holiday Events at State Parks, Historic Sites

Here is a recipe for a delicious Christmas celebration – a French feast with 13 different desserts. That’s the menu at the Felix Valle House State Historic Site in Ste. Genevieve from 1 p.m.-6 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 9. The free event, called Le Reveillon, re-creates the customs of a French Christmas from the 1830s, when Felix Valle and his wife, ... Read More »

Site Commemorates African-American Soldiers’ Civil War Service

A plot of rolling prairie near Butler on the Kansas border is Missouri’s newest state-park facility, serving as a monument to the bravery of the African-American Union soldiers who fought a small but important Civil War battle there. The 240 soldiers, many of them escaped slaves, were members of the First Kansas Colored Volunteer Infantry and took part in what ... Read More »

Lock-ups You’ll Love … To Visit

The Missouri State Penitentiary, Nevada’s historic Vernon County Jail, and the Glore Psychiatric Museum (or State Lunatic Asylum No. 2) once confined people deemed a danger to themselves or others. It is slightly ironic that the same facilities residents wanted to escape from are drawing crowds today. Yet these historic sites and museums have fascinating stories, interesting architecture, and contain ... Read More »

Hidden Treasures Abound in Historic Missouri Wine Country

Travel the two-lane roads into the southwest corner of St. Charles County and you arrive at a place where history, nature, art, and award-winning wine all come together to create a treasured destination, known as Historic Missouri Wine Country. Perhaps best known for its wineries, nine in all, Historic Missouri Wine Country is the perfect place to relax. Share a ... Read More »

Enjoy the Flavors of Missouri’s Capital

While in Jefferson City recently, I was able to dine at four different local restaurants (within the span of two days.) I was pleasantly surprised to find sushi, Greek-style pizza, and frozen yogurt, choices more commonly associated with big cities. Each restaurant was unique and catered to all tastes. Love Sushi, an intimate Japanese restaurant located on Missouri Boulevard, brings ... Read More »