Category Archives: Commentary and Criticism

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 focusedĀ  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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Loving St. Louis: 1763 – 2013

Autumn in all its glory has arrived in the mid-Mississippi River Valley and we St. Louisans revel in it! From excursions to pumpkin patches, apple orchards and wineries to street runs like the Rock’n’Roll Marathon, from dramatic baseball pennant races … Continue reading

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St. Louis of France and The Lou

Today marks the seven hundred and forty-third anniversary of the death of St. Louis of France, for whom Pierre Laclede Liguest named a fur trading post that evolved into the Port of St. Louis. I’m rarely in the Old Cathedral … 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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