Category Archives: St. Louis Walking Tours

Gateway to Freedom: Commemorating the Civil War in St. Louis

We are six generations removed from the bloodiest conflict in U.S. history and it’s easy to forget, in the wake of more recent wars and philosophical conflicts, how close we came as a nation to permanent division. The costs in … 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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Halloween Reflections STL

This was one of the most beautiful Halloween weekends in my memory. It began with a great class of  junior high students from St. Clare School in St. Clare, Illinois joining me for a Haunting St. Louis History Tour – … Continue reading

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Touring Civil War St. Louis

I spent last Saturday touring St. Louis in the years leading up to, during and soon after the Civil War with a lovely group of people ranging in age from about 10 years to 80. A fascination with the American Civil … Continue reading

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6th Graders Descend on Downtown

Student tours, like the one I did today with the dynamic 6th graders from St. Gerard Majella School in Kirkwood, fill me with hope for the future of St. Louis. I end these tours with a challenge to the students … Continue reading

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