Beginning in 1942 and for around three decades – no one seems to know for sure – a massive mural depicting a flurry of commercial activity along the St. Louis riverfront peered down upon the ticket counter at Union Station.
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.
Jill McGuire, Regional Arts Commission executive director (left), and communications specialist Kelly McMahon examine some of the 55 inch tall, plastic birthday cakes that will become public art as St. Louis celebrates its 250th birthday.
NOTE: Because of the unloving weather on Valentine's Day, the Burning Love Festival will be held from 6-9 p.m. Feb. 18.The event will still include vendors, entertainment and the Burnin’ Love 25 foot Heart of Fire.
Jill McGuire, Regional Arts Commission Executive Director (L) and communications specialist Kelly McMahon examine some of the plastic birthday cakes made as part of the City of St. Louis' celebration of its 250th birthday.
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In St. Louis’ first few years, more longtime residents of Cahokia, Prairie du Rocher, Mine La Motte, Old Mines, Mo., Ste. Genevieve and the area moved to Laclede’s fur trading post. Land-owning small farmers, fur traders, miners, merchants from the region’s French settlements all came to Laclede’s settlement.
“Religion was a very strong reason. They just didn’t want to live under the English,” said Margaret Kimball Brown, author “History as They Lived It: A Social History of Prairie du Rocher.”
On Friday The Missouri History Museum is hosting “A Great City from the Start,” a one-day symposium commemorating the founding of St. Louis. The foremost experts on early St. Louis history will be speaking before an audience that will include representatives from Quebec, France, Spain and the Osage Nation.
The Sheldon Art Gallery is hosting the exhibit, “Imagining the Founding of St. Louis,” which includes Oscar Edward Berninghaus, (American, 1874–1952), Laclede Landing at Present Site of St. Louis, c. 1914, watercolor, 10 x 14 inches, Private Collection, St. Louis
As all in the area should know by now, 14-year-old Auguste Chouteau and his band of 30 “mechanics” unloaded their boat a bit south of the legs of today’s Gateway Arch 250 years ago on Feb. 15*. People may not know that this middle stretch of the upper Mississippi Valley was already rich with French settlements on both sides of the river. Residents, especially the younger generation, of those settlements would help St. Louis grow quickly.