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The Wah-Zah-Zhi, People of the Middle Waters

Before the arrival of Europeans more than 560 tribal nations peopled the continental United States. There were no state boundaries or mapped delineations between them. The territorial distinctions between their ancestral lands were fluid, the inland waterways their highways. Their sages sang … Continue reading

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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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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 René Auguste Chouteau. A spirited re-enactment of Laclede’s landing in December of 1763 … Continue reading

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Chatillon-DeMenil: Grande Dame of The Lou’s Great Houses

It’s not the oldest house in St. Louis. Nor the most prestigious. But the Chatillon-DeMenil Mansion (http://www.demenil.org/ ) is the last of the great Creole houses – front and back – and it resonates St. Louis history from our founding … 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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St. Louis Under Three Flags

For a second year I’ve had the pleasure of guiding the 3rd Grade students from The Community School in Ladue on a tour of Colonial St. Louis. They were vivacious, attentive and very knowledgable which is not surprising since one … Continue reading

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