Category Archives: Commentary and Criticism

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

I am writing today to advocate the creation of a Museum of the City of St. Louis. St. Louis’s place in the broad history of the United States and North America is critical, deep and little celebrated. And this is … 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 The 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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St. Louis: Gateway to the West

Two generations after its founding St. Louis became central to the most ambitious, overland expedition in U.S. history. Its leaders were past military comrades with diverse talents that complemented each other brilliantly. Meriwether Lewis and William Clark left lasting impressions … Continue reading

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Uncovering the Truth About Meriwether Lewis

It has taken more than two hundred years but with the publication of Uncovering the Truth About Meriwether Lewis, one of the most pivotal characters in 19th century American history has been vindicated. Like so many of the framers of … Continue reading

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American City: St. Louis Architecture!

¬† Although American City St. Louis Architecture: Three Centuries of Classic Design was published in 2010 I haven’t had a copy of my own to peruse at my leisure until last week when my husband gave it to me for … Continue reading

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Calvary Cemetery – Treasure Trove of The Lou’s History

With the exception of Thomas Danisi’s home on Mackay Place and a portion of Manuel Lisa’s fur warehouse in the Old Courthouse downtown, almost the last vestiges of Colonial St. Louis are to be found in a Catholic cemetery, the … Continue reading

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Another Red October in The Lou

In October, when the fountain flows red in Kiener Plaza it means one thing – the Cardinals have made it into the play-offs. And as baseball’s post-season arrives in The Lou anticipation swells for a pennant race. Organized in 1882 … Continue reading

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The Wizard of Washington Avenue

There once was a wizard named Bob Cassilly who bought a building on Washington Avenue (1509 Washington Avenue to be exact) fashioned by a wizard of an earlier age named Theodore Link. The International Building was joined by a nine-story … Continue reading

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