John Oldani

Cityscape
3:55 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Folklorist Publishes Book On St. Louis Christmas Traditions

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Mark S. Abeln

St. Louis folklorist John Oldani has published a new book on the region's folklore and traditions, this time about the Christmas holiday.

The book, Christmas in St. Louis, includes more than 200 iconic St. Louis Christmas photographs by Mark S. Abeln, as well as historic photos from the archives of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Among the book's highlights are:

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Cityscape
3:32 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Author Discusses Folklore And Lingo Unique To St. Louis In New Books

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Have you ever heard the story of the grandma who sees a young man in Dierberg's and says he reminds her of her dead grandson, then uses his sympathy to trick him into paying for her groceries? What about the the phrase "you know you're from St. Louis when Velveeta is your favorite kind of cheese?" If so, then you have an idea of the content of John Oldani's books.

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