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Erin Budde

The Missouri History Museum is collecting postcards for a time capsule that will be opened in 50 years, for St. Louis' 300th anniversary.
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St. Louis’ 250th anniversary celebration is wrapping up, and the city starts its 251st year this weekend.

While the 250th anniversary may have lacked the over-the-top pomp and circumstance of previous anniversaries, Cakeway to the West was a hit. Two hundred fifty-six cake sculptures, each 4 feet tall, were decorated by artists and scattered throughout the St. Louis region.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Dec. 2, 2013 - The Carnegie Hall epiphany is one of a number of moments of extraordinary illumination. I have been struck often by contrasting realities of St. Louis, the chafing reality of social problems – housing, nutrition, access to health care, public education, economic disparity – that seem intractable, contrasted with the affluence we enjoy, not financial altogether, but natural, cultural, educational, scientific, charitable and recreational resources that are plentiful and often – as the St. Louis Art Museum’s declaration on its entablature: Free To All.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon:St. Louis’ 250th birthday partying officially begins next year. But if you’re on Facebook or Twitter much, you may have noticed that celebrations have already started.

On its Facebook page every day this year, STL250 has posted morsels of history, called “This Day in St. Louis History,” and “St. Louis Birthday of the Day,” focusing on well-known and not-so-well known people who have touched St. Louis over time.