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St. Louis on the Air
12:51 pm
Mon May 26, 2014

Encore: Historians Elaborate On Significance Of French Colonial St. Louis

A map of St. Louis from 1796.
Credit Courtesy Missouri History Museum

Holiday encore broadcast.

On Friday, February 14, 2014, The Missouri History Museum hosted “A Great City from the Start,” 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.

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Local History
5:17 am
Wed May 7, 2014

These Historical Photos Show How Much St. Louis Has Changed

1909: Balloons being inflated for the St. Louis Centennial balloon race, the signature event of a week-long celebration that marked the 100th year of the city's incorporation.
Oscar C. Kuehn / Missouri History Museum

To mark the 100th 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 race.

(A bunch of politicians were there, too.)

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St. Louis On the Air
2:20 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

What If Teddy Roosevelt Were President Now? A Conversation With Doris Kearns Goodwin

Historian and author Doris Kearns Goodwin

How would Theodore Roosevelt govern if he were president today? Who better to ask than Doris Kearns Goodwin - a Pulitzer-Prize winning historian who has studied and written about Lyndon Johnson, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy and now Theodore Roosevelt.

In The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism she documents the friendship between Presidents Theodore Roosevelt and William Taft, as well as their relationship with the journalists who covered them.  

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St. Louis on the Air
12:00 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

What Did Explorers Lewis and Clark Do When They Got Back To St. Louis?

Meriwether Lewis (left) and William Clark.
Credit via Wikimedia Commons

Meriwether Lewis and William Clark are most famous for leading the expedition that began in St. Louis in 1804, took them up the Missouri River, over the Rocky Mountains to the west coast and back.

But their connection with St. Louis didn’t end there. In 1807, Thomas Jefferson appointed Lewis and Clark to leadership positions in the Louisiana Territory, with a home base in the St. Louis region.

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Missouri History Museum
10:23 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Missouri History Museum To Display Original Louisiana Purchase Treaty

Credit Wikipedia

Beginning this fall, St. Louisans will be able to see the actual document that made what is now Missouri part of the United States.

In 1803, the United States bought more 828,000 square miles of land from France for $15 million – roughly four cents an acre – in a deal known as the Louisiana Purchase.

The parcel immediately doubled the size of the country and eventually became part or all of 14 states from Louisiana to Montana, including Missouri, Iowa and Arkansas.

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250th Anniversary Coverage
5:00 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Pard' My French: St. Louis' Peculiar Way Of Saying Local Street Names

Joseph Leahy / St. Louis Public Radio

St. Louis is unusual among American cities in having so many streets and places with French names.  Over centuries, its residents have also adopted some unusual ways of pronouncing them.

While these interpretations could make many modern French speakers cringe, some echo the original dialect of the city when it was still a part of New France. In other words – maybe we shouldn’t feel so bad about how we pronounce “Chouteau” these days.

 

 

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Stl 250
11:01 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

QUIZ! St. Louis At 250 What's What And Who's Who In St. Louis

(via Flickr/digitizedchaos)

So, you think you know St. Louis?

Take our highly unscientific quiz to see just how deep your St. Louis Soul is.  Be sure to share your results with your friends.  We highly recommend listening to Maria Altman's radio Valentine celebrating St. Louis' contributions to society, and read her web story about some particularly prominent St. Louisians.  

It just might help your test score.

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SLU Colloquium
11:20 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Reflection: What Is The Allure Of Richard III?

The earliest surviving portrait of Richard III
Credit Wikipedia

It was one of those rare occasions where the careful, dry, scholarly, world of academic inquiry and the more raucous world of instant global celebrity came together.

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St. Louis on the Air
4:28 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Remembering The Battleship USS Missouri

The USS Missouri
From "The Second Decommissioning," a history provided by Tim Raines.

On January 29, 1944, the USS Missouri (BB-63) launched into the sea for the first time, the last battleship of her kind ever built. Harry S. Truman was a senator at the time, and his daughter Margaret christened the ship.

To mark the 70th anniversary of the Missouri, St. Louis on the Air host Don Marsh spoke with Michael Carr, president and COO of the USS Missouri Memorial Association and two St. Louis area residents who served aboard the ship. He also spoke with former U.S. Senator and First Lady of Missouri Jean Carnahan about the historic ship's silver.

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Cityscape
4:35 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Book 'Fading Ads Of St. Louis' Showcases Unique Slice Of History

Star Saloon & Cafe / Old Pattison Whiskies, McRee Town, near Southside, 2012.
(Courtesy History Press)

William Stage first noticed faded ads painted on brick walls back in the 1970s, when he pounded the St. Louis pavement as a public health officer for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“Once you do begin to notice them, it’s contagious, you find more and more,” Stage said.

He began carrying around a camera to document the ads, and in 1989 published a book on the topic, “Ghost Signs: Brick Wall Signs in America.”

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