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City of Neighborhoods: Documenting the Real St. Louis

The real St. Louis is not a monumental, rigidly ordered planned community; it’s messy, with streets lined with undulating rooflines, the occasional architectural oddity, and plenty of grit. more »

Oct 29, 2014 History

The Katherine Dunham Museum: Saving the Legacy of a True Renaissance Woman

The term “Renaissance Man” is a cliché term nowadays. But every so often, a man, or in this case, a great woman, comes along who very much deserves that title: Katherine Dunham, who devoted much of the last four decades of her life to East St. Louis. more »

Oct 22, 2014 History

A Lament for Dead Bars: A List of Twenty-One

The following list is one person’s list-and-lament for a variety of nightspots in the city of St. Louis. While far from a comprehensive list, it serves as a reminder that many of our favorite haunts come with an expiration date. more »

Oct 21, 2014 History 6 Comments

Photography by Arthur Witman, courtesy of the State Historical Society of Missouri

Flashback 1952: The Human Scale

This portrait is a study in gray: dried-out wooden steps and a dirt courtyard, the father’s oil-spattered trousers, the family’s dusty shoes, the tired old pillowcases hanging to dry... more »

Oct 17, 2014 History

The Landmarks of Hyde Park: Preserving History and a Sense of Place

Hyde Park, an historic neighborhood at the foot of the McKinley Bridge, possesses a wealth of landmarks. Some are still standing proud; others are slipping away into oblivion. more »

Oct 15, 2014 History

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