Tag Archives: History

Missouri Museum Madness: Art

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’s Rich History of Winemaking

Winemaking has deep roots in Missouri, if you’ll forgive the pun. Learn more about the rich and robust history of wine in the “Show Me” State. 1837 German settlers established the town of Hermann on the banks of the Missouri River. Although too rocky for many crops, the ground around Hermann was well-suited for growing wine grapes. A decade later, …

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Missouri Museum Madness: Quirky

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

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

Spotlighting everything from professional baseball to archery, sports museums in the Show-Me State offer a variety of experiences for guests to enjoy. Your sports-themed adventure might include a ride in a NASCAR simulator or taking a chance on making the game-winning basket. So where can you get your sports fix in Missouri? Read on to learn more. College Basketball Experience, Kansas …

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Missouri Museum Madness: Military

Winter in the Show-Me State is a great time to embrace your inner geek and hit the museum circuit. My love of history and our nation’s military is well-established and I’m really lucky to live in Missouri, where I can indulge my curiosity and fascination in every corner of the state. Closest to home for me is the Museum of …

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

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

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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Exploring Missouri State Parks: Arrow Rock State Historic Site

This post is one in a series of 52 posts featuring a Missouri State Park of the Week for each week in 2015. To find all Missouri State Parks of the Week posts simply click here, or visit the “Outdoor Adventure” category on the homepage. Happy exploring in 2015 and enjoy the show! Just a 15-minute drive off busy Interstate 70 in …

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Best of Show: Boonville

Missouri and its many attractions and destinations are often celebrated by publications across the nation. This month, our ‘Best of Show’ series features just a handful of these accolades from the past year. If you haven’t already, you’ll definitely want to add these destinations to your travel calendar in 2016. You may be surprised, but never disappointed, by the many …

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