Arts, Culture and History

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 »

Memories and Mysteries Revealed in the 1940 Census

If you ask genealogists how they became interested in family history research, many will cite specific childhood memories. Others will point to hints of long-lost family secrets or to a total void of any information. All cite a need to know who they are and where they came from. My interest in history began with the stories my grandparents and ... Read More »

Unicorns, Minotaurs, and the Real World: The Unicorn Theatre in Kansas City

In case you’re wondering, this post is not about a children’s theater. It does, however, describe a theater in Kansas City that is capable of having the same effect on adults as a fantasy-themed theater for children. The Unicorn, located right on Main Street in Kansas City, offers a unique, refreshing and wholly original attraction for theater experts and novices ... Read More »

How Missouri Got its Name

Ever wonder how Missouri, the river and the state, got its name? Van Meter State Park, north of Marshall in the west-central part of the state, is the site of an old Indian village that holds the answer to that question. When the French explorers Jacques Marquette and Louis Jolliet arrived in 1673 at the confluence of what came to ... Read More »

Find Hidden Treasures in Jefferson City

Been to the State Capitol in Jefferson City lately? Here are a couple of reasons to go, especially if you can get there on the last Friday of the month this summer and fall. First of all, the building itself is beautiful, inside and out. Completed in 1917, the Capitol sits high on a bluff, looking down on the Missouri ... Read More »

Collect a Piece of St. Joseph History

If you’re coming to the St. Joseph area and plan to explore one of our fun, interactive and educational museums, be sure you get your hands on a piece of history, as the Museum Association of St. Joseph continues to promote its limited-edition Trading Cards. With these cards, which are available at several museum locations, you can learn about real ... Read More »

Ozark Actors Theatre Celebrates 25 Years

Ozark Actors Theatre’s 25th Anniversary season will open with the family favorite The Wizard of Oz, a musical never before seen on the Ozark Actors Theatre main stage. The side-splitting farce Noises Off, also new to the Ozark Actors Theatre stage, will be the second show. The professional season will close with The Diviners, a deeply moving drama that Ozark ... Read More »