Arts, Culture and History

Lost and Found: The Search for Harry and Edna

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 …

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Book Tour Offers Insights on America

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 …

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Art Walks Showcase Missouri’s Best

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 …

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Ride Through History With Route 66 Exhibit

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 …

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Hunt for History Leads to Washington’s Sword

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 …

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Dining with Churchill

“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 …

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Hunter-Dawson Offers Glimpse of Southern Living

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 …

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Sikeston Readies for Battle of Sandy Ridge Reenactment

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 …

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Hermann Sites Embrace German Heritage

In the spring of 1838, steamboats carried German immigrants up the Missouri River to a hilly site, which eventually became the city of Hermann, as part of a massive migration that changed the face of Missouri forever. The immigrants were led by George Bayer, a schoolmaster and surveyor. Bayer laid out the town and assigned lots on 11,300 acres; the …

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Hail to the Chief!

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 …

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