Regional celebration
9:36 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

STL250 Cakes Are Popping Up All Over

The Annie Malone cake by Theresa Hopkins
Provided by STL250

Got cake?

If your area is slated to get one of the celebratory STL250 cakes, but you haven’t seen it yet, never fear. The sweetness is on its way.

As cake artist (and pastry chef) April Morrison explained, the weather disrupted the cake plans as it did much else this winter. She is finishing her 11th cake and has found the experience to be enlightening.

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St. Louis
9:47 pm
Sun March 9, 2014

This La Rue Bonhomme Predates U City's Old Bonhomme

Streets of Old St. Louis
Credit Brent Jones, St. Louis Public Radio and the Beacon

The first street of St. Louis wasn’t a street at all, just a towpath, according to the St. Louis-French association Les Amis, which provided the information for the duplicate street signs that are appearing downtown. Houses fronted that towpath, and three named streets ran behind the homes:

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Union Station
5:15 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Mural Mystery Solved, But Fabled Clock Still Missing From St. Louis' Union Station

Mural panels come out for the first time in decades.
Stephanie Zimmerman | St. Louis Public Radio intern

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.

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What Is St. Louis
10:22 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

St. Louis In Photos: Then And Now

Photo illustration of two women crossing the street at 6th and Locust, on the right, in 1940 and on the left in 2014.
Credit Left photo: Brian Villa | for St. Louis Public Radio; right photo: Richard Moore | provided by the Missouri History Museum

Do you have an old family photo that you'd like to recreate? Try it and send the old and new results to us.

Have you wondered what an area looked like years ago? Maybe the spot was totally different, such as 4th and Market. Maybe it has been lovingly maintained, as in the DeMenil Mansion.

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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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St. Louis
8:58 am
Sun February 16, 2014

Downtown Streets Add Old French Names to Street Signs

Officials at a 250th anniversary ceremony unveil a historical marker describing St. Louis' early history.

Visitors to downtown St. Louis will soon see different names - very old names - identifying downtown streets. Eight streets will receive new street signs featuring the roads' original French names in addition to their current English names.  

The signs were unveiled at a city hall event Saturday marking the 250th anniversary of the founding of St. Louis. 

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2:49 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

What's Happening On St. Louis' Birthday Weekend

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.
Credit Bill Greenbaltt | UPI

Cakes – lots of cakes – will be distributed throughout the area. Finding the pieces of public art can be a fun family project.

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.

Burning Love | Feb. 14 | Art Hill

(Yes, there will be tents and warming stations)

4:30 – Family friendly crafts & activities

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Stl 250
11:02 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Happy 250th Birthday St. Louis! Let's Take A Walk Down Memory Lane (And A Quiz)

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.
Credit (UPI, Bill Greenblatt)

On the 250th anniversary of the founding of St. Louis, we thought it appropriate to celebrate the people and events St. Louis has contributed to the country and the world.  

Maria Altman created this sound-rich Valentine for St. Louis and we invite you to take a listen, and then read on! 

As you can imagine,  it was impossible to include everything and everyone in our radio story, so we included profiles of a few more St. Louisans who had a profound impact on our history.

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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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10:57 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Editor's Weekly: Our New Rundowns Are Your New Shortcuts To Good Content

Rundown will highlight some items from the chaos of information available.
Credit Wikipedia | Radagast3

In the digital world, finding information is easy. Open your email, Twitter or Facebook account, and it will find you. Search and you'll be flooded with content algorithmically judged important to your life – much of it sponsored by those who want to sell you something.

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