Tag Archives: History

Take a Walk Through Historic Boonville

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Just off of 1-70, 20 minutes west of Columbia, the town of Boonville is nestled beside the Missouri River. Boonville’s history runs as deep as the river, with hundreds of National Historic sites within the city limits. The Boonville Walking Tour takes you on a journey back in time to the 1800s, where moving West was the dream of many ... Read More »

‘Tis the Season for a Weston Candlelight Home Tour

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For those who love history, creativity and the joy of Christmas, there is a quaint 175 year-old town set amongst the beautiful countryside north of Kansas City, where the Holiday Season is brought to life! For 32 years, the small town of Weston, Missouri, with its historical preservation and distinction, has offered up five of its unique homes for the ... Read More »

History Lessons at Lincoln University

Lincoln University in Jefferson City holds  American History unknown by many.

On a few previous occasions, I’ve written about my love and fascination with history. Well, here’s another story. Recently, I got the chance to visit the American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar in Richmond, Va. This museum examines the war from the multiple perspectives of the Union, Confederate and African-Americans who lived through it. You may be wondering why ... Read More »

Enjoy Fall Fun in Sikeston

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Are you looking for a convenient location that promises a week-end of fun-filled activities? Look no farther than Sikeston. Located half-way between St. Louis and Memphis, you find us at the junction of I-55, I-57 and U.S. 60. We invite you to celebrate our cotton heritage and fall fun in Sikeston with the 5th Annual Cotton Ramble Bike Ride and ... Read More »

Tiny Arrow Rock is Big on Charm

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Great theatre productions and fabulous food are hallmarks of a trip to historic Arrow Rock, a small town in northwest Missouri. I recently was part of a group outing to Arrow Rock; our focus was catching a production at Lyceum Theatre, but I was blown away by the town and its charm. The first item on our agenda was a ... Read More »

Happy Birthday, President Truman

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President Harry Truman loved all things history and anything to do with his adopted hometown of Independence, Missouri. To honor his memory, the historic tourism attractions of Independence celebrate his birthday on Saturday, May 4 – which coincides with the start of National Travel and Tourism week. Echoing the famous slogan on a sign that sat on his desk which ... Read More »

Hunt for History Leads to Washington’s Sword

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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 ... Read More »

Dining with Churchill

Westminster College President Barney Forsythe, Churchill author Cita Stelzer and National Churchill Museum Executive Director Rob Havers sit down to the same meal Winston Churchill was served at the college before giving his famous Sinews of Peace speech. Stelzer visited the college to promote her new book "Dinner With Churchill: Policy-Making at the Dinner Table." Photo by Dean Asher of The Fulton Sun.

“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 ... Read More »

Hermann Sites Embrace German Heritage

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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 ... Read More »

Hail to the Chief!

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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 ... Read More »