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National Churchill Museum: Something for All Ages This Summer

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So summer is here and you want to find outings of interest to family members of various ages. One excellent spot is the National Churchill Museum in Fulton (located 90 minutes from St. Louis, just 10 minutes off I-70). Here, Winston Churchill made the “Iron Curtain” speech that many see as the start of the Cold War between the United …

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Summer Road Trips: All Things Harry S. Truman

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If this presidential election has you confounded by candidates and dumbfounded by debates, make the logical choice by picking Harry Truman in 2016. Okay. You’re right. Truman isn’t going to appear on official ballots anytime soon, but that doesn’t mean you can’t show him your support by visiting his home state in 2016. Around Missouri, several museums, historic homes and …

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Missouri Museum Madness: History

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Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” – George Santayana In honor of the past, we store parts of history to be remembered and treasured in great museums across Missouri. These relics showcase the history of our state and display what is truly to be remembered and valued. There are many history museums where the …

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Missouri Museum Madness: Art

Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, Sedalia.

Why do people love art? Art makes you think. Art makes you feel. Art is a universal language. Fortunately you don’t have to limit your love for art to one style or period. You can equally love the abstract paint splatters of Jackson Pollock as much as the intricate glass sculptures of Dale Chihuly. There is no one-size-fits-all definition of …

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Missouri Museum Madness: Quirky

Leila's Hair Museum in Independence.

What do you look for in a vacation? If you’re a fan of the quirky, strange, off-beat, peculiar and odd, make sure you visit one, or more, of these Missouri museums – you won’t be disappointed! On display at Leila’s Hair Museum in Independence are thousands of pieces of jewelry, buttons, wreaths, pictures, bookmarks and other artistic creations, all made …

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Soak in History and Culture in St. Charles

Missouri's First State Capitol in St. Charles

The simple definition of museum is a building in which interesting and valuable things (such as paintings and sculptures or scientific and historical objects) are collected and shown to the public. I did say that was the “simple definition.” Museums come in all shapes and sizes, with different collections and focus, but one thing is common, they are a place …

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Missouri Museum Madness: Sports

Negro League Museum; Kansas City

What does your bracket look like this year? No, not your NCAA Tournament bracket, your Missouri Museum Madness bracket. Never heard of Missouri Museum Madness? That’s okay, we just invented it. Also, it’s not really a competition and there’s actually no bracket to fill out. All the work is done for you, and best of all, it’s designed to make …

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Missouri Museum Madness: Military

National Guard Museum

March is a great time to embrace your inner geek and hit the museum circuit. History and our nation’s military are passions of mine; I come by it naturally with parents who were World War II veterans. I’m so lucky to live in Missouri, where I can indulge my curiosity and fascination in every corner of the state. One of …

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Appreciate the Past at One of St. Joseph’s Museums

Albrecht Kemper Museum of Art in St. Joseph

There are many iconic, American stories, but few have attracted world-wide fascination like the Pony Express and the outlaw Jesse James.   And while guests to our area typically come specifically to see the two museums dedicated to those stories, most are surprised by all of the other opportunities here in St. Joseph! I had a friend from the East Coast …

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The Churches of Ralls County

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Missouri has an abundance of rural churches from many faiths and eras.  Each one tells a story through its architecture, history and its place in the community.  Many are made from locally provided materials; all are unique. Ralls County, in northeast Missouri, is home to numerous rural churches that served as focal points for their communities. Some of their congregations …

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