Arts, Culture and History

1836 Missouri State Penitentiary — Hard Hat Tours

Tourists wearing hard hats visit the Missouri State Penitentiary

  Early Inmate at MSP A visit to Jefferson City, Missouri, isn’t complete until you tour the original, 1836 Missouri State Penitentiary, located seven blocks east of the Capitol. In 1967, the “Missouri State Pen” was named the “bloodiest 47 acres in America” by Time magazine. The Missouri State Penitentiary (MSP) was decommissioned in 2004. It is open to the ... Read More »

Christmas Past Comes to Life in Saint Charles

The Lewis & Clark Fife Drum Corps lead the Santa parade.

Imagine, for just a moment, you’re a kid again.  You wake up one morning and say to your parents, “Guess what guys?  Today I get to be in a parade with Santa and Mrs. Claus!  Wow… that’s so awesome … I can’t wait to ride in the carriage.  Oh, geez, I hope they’ll let me pet the horse!  Do you ... Read More »

The Missouri Capitol . . . Where the Front Isn’t

Missouri Capitol--South Side

The Missouri Capitol is a marvelous place to visit. I stroll around the outside and/or through the hallways nearly every weekday (yes, even in winter). I often see something I hadn’t noticed before. Let me tell you about it. But wait!  (Now I sound like a TV infomercial: “but wait . . . call now and receive, as our special ... Read More »

4 Things to do to Avoid Being a Homebody When it’s Cold Out

It is late fall and the temperature has dropped significantly. Now, cold weather should not keep you trapped indoors all day; so below are four activities that are sure to warm up your day even if the weather isn’t. Spa day: Often times, cold weather makes your skin dry and itchy; what better time to rejuvenate your body with the ... Read More »

Mystery Theater, Dinner Theatre, Little Theatre … Oh, My!

The Capital City Players host a variety of shows.

Jefferson City’s stages will be hopping with entertainment over the next few months.  Summit Lake Winery’s murder mystery shows, Capital City Players’ dinner theatre and The Little Theatre’s musicals have a full line up of shows. Summit Lake Winery started hosting murder mysteries in 2002.  John Ferrier, owner, said he realized right away that they were a big hit.  Guests can ... Read More »

The Government is going to be mad at me for this blog …

Mark Twain in his quarry farm study

… but I promise, Twain made me do it! In light of sooooo many political ads we are all enduring – I mean seeing – this time of year, (especially those lucky enough to live next to Illinois and Iowa – a three for one deal!) I thought a blog showcasing some of Mark Twain’s thoughts on politics might give ... Read More »

Crossing Missouri on US 36

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This summer, the effort to make US Highway 36 in Missouri into a four-lane highway was completed.  Initially called the Pikes Peak Ocean to Ocean Highway, US Highway 36 originally spanned from New York City to San Francisco, Calif. Today, Missouri’s Highway 36 is not only noted as the Veteran’s of Foreign Wars (VFW) Highway, we are also dubbing it ... Read More »

Attend MO State Archives Program, “Driving Across Missouri: A Guide to I-70”

Drivers speeding across Missouri on I-70 might not know what they are missing, but authors Ted Cable and LuAnn Cadden do.  According to them, untold attractions right along the highway between St. Louis and Kansas City await travelers in Missouri.  Driving Across Missouri is packed with fun-filled information, stories, and trivia that helps travelers look beyond the passing blur to ... Read More »

Boonville Trek Takes You Back

This spring, I drove through Boonville and Cooper County guided by the Cooper County Gas Tank Tour brochure.  This brochure guides you on a tour of living history and leads you to historic destinations throughout the area. Not too far from Boonville is the small village of New Lebanon.  A church, a one-room schoolhouse and an old country store will ... Read More »

Inside the Walls at MSP

Visitors tour the Missouri State Penitentiary

The first weekend of March, 22 men and women walked through buildings filled with nearly two centuries of history. These individuals took part in this year’s first public tour of the Missouri State Penitentiary. Since then, more than 3,650 visitors have toured the Missouri State Penitentiary in Jefferson City; slightly more than 3,000 toured the prison in 2009. Interested individuals ... Read More »