stl250 http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Opera Teaches History Of The Ville Neighborhood And Inspires Students http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/opera-teaches-history-ville-neighborhood-and-inspires-students <p></p><p>The history of the Ville neighborhood has been told through books and film. Now the community's story will be told through opera.</p><p>In honor of St. Louis’ 250th birthday, <a href="http://www.stlartworks.org/">St. Louis ArtWorks</a> commissioned “On Whose Shoulders We Stand: An Opera,” which focuses on the Ville.</p><p>It will be performed this weekend by students in the ArtWorks program.</p><p>Juwaun Crawford is one of the teens in the program. With his sailor hat and shiny gold guitar crafted from cardboard and foil, he plays a magnetic Chuck Berry.</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 03:48:52 +0000 Emanuele Berry 38115 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Opera Teaches History Of The Ville Neighborhood And Inspires Students St. Louis Family Hands Down Legacy Of Muny Enjoyment — And Employment http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-louis-family-hands-down-legacy-muny-enjoyment-and-employment <p>Coming away with a new favorite song is part of the Muny tradition for thousands of St. Louis families. But some families are taking home more than a catchy tune — they’re also leaving with paychecks.</p><p>Five members of the Heet family have worked at the Muny as ushers. Two are still on the job. Alex Heet, 21, is a college student in her fifth summer at the Muny. Her sister, Sarah, 18, is ushering for a third year.</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 02:51:06 +0000 Nancy Fowler 37839 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org St. Louis Family Hands Down Legacy Of Muny Enjoyment — And Employment Forget About The 250th Birthday. Historical Photos Show St. Louis Celebrating Its 150th http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/forget-about-250th-birthday-historical-photos-show-st-louis-celebrating-its-150th <p>Forest Park is expecting to have just under <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/fair-st-louis-organizers-tout-plan-new-venue" target="_blank">50,000 visitors</a> this July 4th weekend for Fair St. Louis. Officials and St. Louisans have been worried about crowds, parking and congestion. But 100 years ago, the park saw much bigger crowds for the city's 150th birthday celebration. Perhaps the planners of Fair St. Thu, 03 Jul 2014 03:08:11 +0000 Jess Jiang 37723 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Forget About The 250th Birthday. Historical Photos Show St. Louis Celebrating Its 150th The Sheldon Presents Photos Of St. Louis At 250 Years http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/sheldon-presents-photos-st-louis-250-years <p>The Sheldon has its own way of celebrating St. Louis’ birthday. Its new exhibit "The City at 250: A Celebration of St. Louis in Photographs" stemmed from a city-wide photo contest the Sheldon launched with the <em>Beacon</em> (now part of St. Louis Public Radio) that received over 500 entries. Focusing on photos of the city as it is today, the exhibit is a companion to the Sheldon's “Imagining the Founding of St. Louis.” Together, they offer a then and now view for the city’s 250<sup>th</sup> celebration.</p><p></p> Sat, 28 Jun 2014 01:03:04 +0000 Amanda Honigfort 37590 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org The Sheldon Presents Photos Of St. Louis At 250 Years The Big Bird Cage: Where The Saint Louis Zoo Took Flight After The 1904 World's Fair http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/big-bird-cage-where-saint-louis-zoo-took-flight-after-1904-worlds-fair <p>The residents of the big birdcage aren’t as flashy or exotic as many of the 19,000 animals at the<a href="http://www.stlzoo.org/"> Saint Louis Zoo</a>, but they do put on a show.</p><p>At ground level, a row of small ruddy ducks with bright blue bills follow the leader, making rippling&nbsp;curlicues in a swamp-like pond. Double-crested cormorants&nbsp;hang out on a wooden bridge, striking a pose with their outstretched wings, as visitors reach for their camera phones. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Tue, 27 May 2014 01:30:47 +0000 Mary Delach Leonard 36353 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org The Big Bird Cage: Where The Saint Louis Zoo Took Flight After The 1904 World's Fair Encore: Historians Elaborate On Significance Of French Colonial St. Louis http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/encore-historians-elaborate-significance-french-colonial-st-louis <div class="audio-caption"><em>Holiday encore broadcast.</em><br /><p>On Friday, February 14, 2014, The Missouri History Museum hosted <a href="http://mohistory.org/node/9175" target="_blank">“A Great City from the Start,”</a> a one-day symposium commemorating the founding of St. Louis. The foremost experts on early St. Louis history spoke before an audience that included representatives from Quebec, France, Spain and the Osage Nation.</p> Mon, 26 May 2014 17:51:04 +0000 Camille Phillips 36461 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Encore: Historians Elaborate On Significance Of French Colonial St. Louis Why ‘Meet Me In St. Louis’ Still Means So Much, 70 Years After Its Debut http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/why-meet-me-st-louis-still-means-so-much-70-years-after-its-debut <p>The Judy Garland classic <em>Meet Me In St. Louis</em> had its world premiere in St. Louis on Nov. 22, 1944, but it still draws a crowd.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">On May 2, the Missouri History Museum hosted a&nbsp;</span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Meet Me in St. Louis</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;film screening and sing-a-long in conjunction with the film’s&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">70</span><sup>th</sup><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;anniversary and their 250 in 250 exhibit.&nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 12 May 2014 03:21:04 +0000 Amanda Honigfort & Kelsey Proud 36011 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Why ‘Meet Me In St. Louis’ Still Means So Much, 70 Years After Its Debut These Historical Photos Show How Much St. Louis Has Changed http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/these-historical-photos-show-how-much-st-louis-has-changed <p>To mark the 100<sup>th</sup><sup> </sup>anniversary of St. Louis’ incorporation as a city, an imposing array of “gasbags” assembled at the edge of Forest Park in 1909 for the St. Louis Centennial balloon&nbsp;race.</p><p>(A bunch of politicians were there, too.)</p> Wed, 07 May 2014 10:17:12 +0000 Mary Delach Leonard 35912 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org These Historical Photos Show How Much St. Louis Has Changed Photo Contest Winners Cast New Light On Arch, City Museum, Other STL Institutions http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/photo-contest-winners-cast-new-light-arch-city-museum-other-stl-institutions <p>The St. Louis area is crawling with photographic opportunities. Local professional Ryan Archer took advantage of one of them to win Best in Show in the Sheldon’s “The City at 250” photo contest.</p><p>Archer’s “City Museum Climbers,” entered in the “Events and People” category, garnered him $1,000 and a place in “The City at 250” exhibit, opening June 6. The competition was a collaborative effort of The Sheldon and the St. Louis Beacon, now St. Louis Public Radio. The Beacon merged in December with St. Louis Public Radio and is no longer a separate entity.</p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 04:42:09 +0000 Nancy Fowler 35660 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Photo Contest Winners Cast New Light On Arch, City Museum, Other STL Institutions 10 Things To Know About Saint Louis, Himself, On His 800th Birthday http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/10-things-know-about-saint-louis-himself-his-800th-birthday <p>Friday is the 800th anniversary of the birth of St. Louis' namesake, King Louis IX of France. You might be familiar with Louis' silhouette from the prominent sculpture on Art Hill in Forest Park. You know, this one:</p><p>Pretty epic image, right? But we thought we'd give you a few more facts about the man, king and later, saint.</p><p><strong>1. Louis was born in 1214. </strong></p><p>What else was going on in the world then? The Emperor Xuanzong of Jin China was <a href="http://www.history.com/topics/genghis-khan">in tremendous conflict</a> with Genghis Khan.</p> Fri, 25 Apr 2014 02:38:27 +0000 Kelsey Proud 35570 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org 10 Things To Know About Saint Louis, Himself, On His 800th Birthday