Arts, Culture and History

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 »

150 Years of Missouri War and Wine

As we continue to commemorate the Civil War Sesquicentennial in Missouri, it is a great time to take a look at our state’s history. One hundred and fifty years ago, Hermann was a thriving wine community home to more than 60 wineries producing more than 100,000 gallons of wine. By the late 1880s, Hermann’s wineries were producing more than 2,000,000 ... Read More »

Happy Birthday, Harry!

Forget that bunch of politicians wrangling about who will be our nation’s next president. If many folks had their druthers, we’d magically bring back our nation’s 33rd president. This man left office with dismal approval ratings in the low 30s and yet now polls among the top five presidents who ever served. Of course we are talking about Harry S. ... Read More »

Remembering the Titanic

This is an excerpt from the a story told by Jaynee, Titanic’s First Class Maid and one of the faces of Titanic Museum Attraction in Branson. This post commemorates the 100th anniversary of the sinking of Titanic, which hit an iceberg in the late-night hours of April 14, 1912, then sunk in the early morning hours of April 15, 2012. ... Read More »

Storytelling Festival Fun for All Ages

Scottish ballads with a North Carolina flavor, spoons as instruments instead of eating utensils, myths and folktales, tomboys and princesses … you can hear all of the above and then some on the banks of the Mighty Mississippi at the 5th Annual Cape Girardeau Storytelling Festival. When we bill the festival as a way to “get back to your roots,” ... Read More »