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The Founding Spirit of St. Louis

The City of St. Louis was founded in a spirit of collaboration, of tolerance among people of different races and socio-economic backgrounds, and of unprecedented freedom according to J. Frederick Fausz of the University of Missouri St. Louis.* This was … Continue reading

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Lighting the Birthday Candles

The City of St. Louis metaphorically lights 250 birthday candles next weekend in celebration of its founding in 1764 by Pierre Laclede Liguest and his fourteen-year-old stepson RenĂ© Auguste Chouteau. A spirited re-enactment of Laclede’s landing in December of 1763 … 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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The Nation’s and The Lou’s Old Courthouse

Only a small percentage of the thousands of people who attend Fair St. Louis this week-end will visit the Old Courthouse. But they will be in for a great surprise – the rotunda splendidly draped with Stars and Stripes for … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday St. Louis!

Two hundred and forty-seven years ago today, on February 15, 1764*, fourteen year old Rene Auguste Chouteau arrived at the foot of Market Street (then merely a single break in the four-story bluffs that fronted the Mississippi here) with a … Continue reading

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Christmas in St. Louis 1770

24 December 1770* Mon Cher Ami, My Dear Friend, The clock is chiming half past ten and I find myself with a little time to send you Christmas greetings and to wish you a joyous New Year before I dress … Continue reading

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