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Site Commemorates African-American Soldiers’ Civil War Service

A plot of rolling prairie near Butler on the Kansas border is Missouri’s newest state-park facility, serving as a monument to the bravery of the African-American Union soldiers who fought a small but important Civil War battle there. The 240 soldiers, many of them escaped slaves, were members of the First Kansas Colored Volunteer Infantry and took part in what ... Read More »

Discover the Mississippi River Hills of Southeast Missouri

Having lived most of my life in Missouri, I still find it amazing how much there is to experience here. I grew up south of Rolla, raised my family in Springfield, visited my cousin and the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, stood in the halls of our state Capitol in Jefferson City, and enjoyed the bar-b-que of Kansas City.  But ... Read More »

Enjoy Ghostly Tales in Cape Girardeau

It’s finally starting to feel like fall here in Cape Girardeau! Savor everything this lovely season has to offer with An Afternoon and Evening of Ghost Storytelling on Saturday, Oct. 13. This unique event showcases the oldest art form around – storytelling – in a fun, eerie setting at the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall at Southeast Missouri State University’s ... Read More »

Not Quite Yet!

My calendar declares the season changed from summer to fall. While my thoughts begin to turn to warm soups, Halloween costumes and trying to remember a jacket, I’m not ready to give up on fresh tomatoes and homegrown zucchini – not just yet. Farmers across the state are still reaping vine-ripened treasures in their fields and gardens, and there is ... Read More »

An Early Morning on Table Rock Lake

The sun had not yet risen, and the slightly more than gentle breeze had the air temperature hovering somewhere between cold and go-get-a-big-jacket cold. Thus began a recent fishing and photography expedition on beautiful Table Rock Lake in Branson. Led by our outdoors expert and professional fisherman Scott Pauley, we hit the water before sun-up in search of lunkers. The ... Read More »

Prairie State Park Celebrates 30 Years

Prairie State Park in Mindenmines celebrates the 30th anniversary of its dedication this year with a Prairie Jubilee on Sept. 29. The daylong event will include bison tours, a living-history loop, live music, bison-chip throwing, native plant sales and an 1800s medicine show. All is free except for a lunch of smoked bison. Missouri once was covered by some 13 ... Read More »

Falling in Love with the Missouri State Capitol

For those of us that grew up in Jefferson City, the Missouri State Capitol is a familiar sight, a place that you toured with your classmates in elementary school, or one where you had your senior pictures taken. I, for one, remember sitting on the lawn of the Capitol to watch the fireworks on 4th of July with family and ... Read More »

Celebrate Fall Along Missouri Highway 36

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Cool fall days are just around the corner. I hope you are getting ready to celebrate those by traveling through Northern Missouri! What? Not sure what to do? We have an eclectic mix of activities along Missouri’s Highway 36 sure to hold your interest through the next couple of months. Dozens of outstanding Americans were inspired in Missouri, and it ... Read More »

Lock-ups You’ll Love … To Visit

The Missouri State Penitentiary, Nevada’s historic Vernon County Jail, and the Glore Psychiatric Museum (or State Lunatic Asylum No. 2) once confined people deemed a danger to themselves or others. It is slightly ironic that the same facilities residents wanted to escape from are drawing crowds today. Yet these historic sites and museums have fascinating stories, interesting architecture, and contain ... Read More »

Guests Can Go Gluten-Free at Chaumette

Ready for some Missouri wine country action, I recently skipped out-of-town and took a mini-getaway to Ste. Genevieve. On the agenda: Route du Vin, downtown Ste. Genevieve and of course, some wine tastings. After a lovely afternoon touring downtown Ste. Genevieve, we headed out to Chaumette Vineyards & Winery to check in to one of their villas for the night. ... Read More »