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Stefene Russell

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Russell was the culture editor for St. Louis Magazine from 2005–2018.

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Photography by Charles Clement Holt, courtesy of the Missouri Historical Society

A 5-cent cigar’s never really a 5-cent cigar. Read more

History

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Photography courtesy of the Missouri Historical Society

The daring adventurer made headlines for narrowly escaping a storm Read more

History

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Photography courtesy of the Missouri Historical Society

Generations of St. Louisans have flocked to the orchard, chasing a faint old memory like the wee pip of an apple. Read more

History

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Gerald Massie, courtesy of the Missouri State Archives

Today, the town still hosts the Stoddard County Fair in September. Read more

History

In a country where thousands of schools don’t even teach art anymore, a study published this past February laid out what we’ve lost: superior writing skills, focus and good behavior, more empathy. Read more

Education

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Photo by Gerald Massie, courtesy of the Missouri State Archives

In 1963, it all burned down. But before that, it was 85 feet of fun. Read more

History

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James M. Carrington, courtesy of the Missouri History Museum

In 1969, the patriotic event drew hundreds of thousands, and Famous-Barr orchestrated a whole show in the air and on the water. Read more

History

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Photo by Mac Mizuki, courtesy of the Missouri History Museum

Bob Dylan and the St. Louis Symphony both played the first festival. Read more

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Courtesy of the Missouri History Museum

Back then, dogs were a regular fixture in taverns, because they kept burglars at bay. Read more

History

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Photography courtesy of the Missouri History Museum

St. Louis Browns president Robert Lee Hedges created Ladies’ Day in 1912, offering free entry with a male escort. Read more

History

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Photography by Russell Froelich, courtesy of the Missouri History Museum

Visitors paid $1 to take “a mile-long journey through a strange land of beauty and mystery." Read more

History

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Photograph courtesy of the Missouri History Museum

Between 1920 and 1940, newspapers published stories about kitchen bands all over the country. Read more

History

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Photo by Block Brothers Studio, courtesy of the Missouri History Museum

Nowadays, most golden wedding anniversary announcements come paired with a studio portrait of the couple. A group portrait like this speaks in a completely different language. Read more

History

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Photography by Ed Meyer of the St. Louis Star-Times, courtesy of the Missouri History Museum

Joe Forshaw, one of the organizers of the St. Louis on Ice Outdoor Skate Show, told the paper that the show he'd organized was the first successful large-scale outdoor figure skating event involving full costumes. Read more

History

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Photography courtesy of the Missouri Historical Society

Looking at these kindergarteners’ faces in this photo from the Missouri Historical Society, you get the feeling that some of them appreciate even those uneven paper stars hanging from the ceiling. Read more

History

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Photography courtesy of the Missouri History Museum

The St. Louis Flyers, a minor league hockey team, played for fourteen seasons, from 1928–1942. Read more

History

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Photography by W.C. Persons, courtesy of the Missouri History Museum

It seems weird to see politicians in pinstripes touring a sewer tunnel, but this one was remarkable. Read more

History

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Photo by Matt Marcinkowski

This fall, he releases "The Faithful Spy: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Plot to Kill Hitler." Read more

Literature

Coffee House Press releases Riker's debut novel this October. Read more

Literature

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Photograph courtesy of the Missouri History Museum

How St. Louis shaped education across the nation Read more

History