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About stltourguide

I am a walking tour and narrated coach tour guide in St. Louis, Missouri specializing in the history of the area.

Mound Street and A Museum of the City of St. Louis

I am writing today to advocate the creation of a Museum of the History of the City of St. Louis where it began, on the bluffs of the Mississippi River. For St. Louis’s place in the broad history of the … Continue reading

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Hidden History of Downtown St. Louis

I’m excited to announce that the Hidden History of Downtown St. Louis which I began a year ago for the History Press & Arcadia Publishing has arrived locally at Barnes and Noble Book Stores, The Book House in Maplewood, the … Continue reading

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New Wing of the Field House Museum in Downtown St. Louis Brims with Stories

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The oldest house downtown has a fresh new face and a brand-new wing that provides rich context for St. Louis as she emerged as “Queen of the West” and the tumultuous years leading up to and during the Civil War … Continue reading

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Update from St. Lou

Dear Readers, I’m sorry to have been absent for so long a time. But life happens and other kinds of writing have demanded my attention. I will soon begin blogging again on a regular basis but I’m focused  presently on … Continue reading

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Navigating St. Louis

I was born a walker. For me the most sensuous way to experience a place – whether it be Dublin or Paris or St. Louis – is to walk it; following scents, letting the colors of a place seep into … Continue reading

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Washington, D.C. 150 Years After the Civil War

If Abraham Lincoln does indeed walk at midnight, the byways of Springfield, Illinois as the poet Vachel Lindsay suggested in 1914, he surely walks the streets of the nation’s capitol where he knew such troubled dreams. For Lincoln, one of … Continue reading

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Christmas in St. Louis 1764 – 2014

New Year’s Eve 2014, the 7th Day of Christmas. Exterior work continues steadily on the Basilica of Saint Louis, King of France, the oldest man-made structure on the downtown riverfront, and in the crypt and museum area underground. But the interior body … Continue reading


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Richmond Heights, MO: Commemorating History

Thursday evening, November 6, 2014 the Richmond Heights Historical Society, under the direction of their Vice President, Joellen Gamp McDonald, will host a speakers event commemorating the 250th Anniversary of the Founding of St. Louis that highlights the work of six local historians. … Continue reading

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The Shaw Art Fair: Neighborhood Crucible for Creativity

There will be very little history in this blog post which is instead a celebration of the arts as supported and engendered by a St. Louis neighborhood which has its origin in a British immigrant with an eye for beauty and … Continue reading

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Re-Visiting History: The Battle of Pilot Knob, Missouri

At the invitation of good friends who live in Farmington, my husband and I took a scenic drive this past weekend out of St. Louis, over the Ozark Plateau and into the beautiful Arcadia Valley to attend a 150th Anniversary Re-Enactment of … Continue reading

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