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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 5 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

The Genius of Julius Pitzman, Designer of St. Louis' Private Streets

Perhaps one of the most famous surveyors to work in the St. Louis region was Julius Pitzman, whose surveying company just celebrated its 150th year in 2009. He also designed some of our best-known private streets. more »

Oct 8, 2014 History 3 Comments

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