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Play At Missouri History Museum Recalls Story of Free Black Woman After Louisiana Purchase

EstherEsther, a free black woman, found her world changed enormously because of the Louisiana Purchase.

Linda Kennedy stars in a play about her life at the Missouri History Musuem at 2 p.m. Saturdays through the end of February. The performance will be in the MacDermott Grand Hall of the Museum. The next performance is Feb. 28, 2015.

The museum is located at Lindell Boulevard and DeBaliviere Avenue in Forest Park.

Missouri History Museum To Present Talks On German Immigrants To St. Louis Region

St. Louis  Turnverein

St. Louis Turnverein

The Missouri History Museum will present programs at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, and Wednesday, Feb. 25, about the experiences of German immigrants in the St. Louis region.

On Tuesday, Steven Rowan, a history professor at the University of Missouri St. Louis, will discuss the situation of German immigrants in the St. Louis region before the Civil War.

Gustave Koerner

Gustave Koerner

Among the earliest and most prominent was Gustav Koerner of Belleville, an Illinois state representative and supreme court judge. He was a close friend of Abraham Lincoln and a pallbearer at slain president’s funeral in Sprinfield, IL.

Rowan will speak in the Lee Auditorium.

On Wednesday, Mark Neels, a history professor at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, will discuss the natavist opposition to German immigrants in St. Louis between 1849 and 1860.

His talk will be in the AT&T Multipurpose room.

The museum is located at Lindell Boulevard and DeBaliviere Avenue in Forest Park.

Free: Missouri History Museum To Present Play About St. Louis's Founding Mother

Marie Therese Chouteau

Marie Therese Chouteau

“Veuve Chouteau,” a play about Marie Therese Chouteau, the founding mother of St. Louis continues at the Missouri History Museum at 2 p.m. Tuesdays through January and February. The next performance wil be on Feb. 24, 2015, in the MacDermott Grand Hall.

She was the mother of Auguste Chouteau, the 14-year old who organized the clearing of the land and construction of the first two buildings in what was to become St. Louis. Marie Therese Chouteau later moved to the city with the four young children she and Pierre Laclede, the businessman who selected the city’s site, had together. She had been abandoned by her husband.

The museum is located at Lindell Boulevard and DeBaliviere Avenue in Forest Park.

 

 

Play At Missouri History Museum Recalls Story of Free Black Woman After Louisiana Purchase

EstherEsther, a free black woman, found her world changed enormously because of the Louisiana Purchase.

Linda Kennedy stars in a play about her life at the Missouri History Musuem at 2 p.m. Saturdays through the end of February. The performance will be in the MacDermott Grand Hall of the Museum. The next performance is Feb. 21, 2015.

The museum is located at Lindell Boulevard and DeBaliviere Avenue in Forest Park.

Emerson FREE Family Night At St. Louis' Magic House Is Friday

Emerson FREE Family Nights at The Magic House in St. Louis

It’s that time again for Magic House lovers. Emerson FREE Family Nights is happening this Friday, Feb. 20. 

Emerson Free Family Nights are held at the Magic House from 5:30 to 9 p.m., on the third Friday of the month. On these special nights,  a family  of four can enjoy more than 100 hands-on exhibits in the Museum at no charge through the generosity of Emerson. The free offer is for no more than two adults and four of their own children. Reservations are not required.

Here are the rest of the FREE family nights for 2015:

March 20, 2015
April 17, 2015
May 15, 2015
June 19, 2015
July 17, 2015
August 21, 2015
September 18, 2015
October 16, 2015
November 20, 2015
December 18, 2015

The Magic House is a hands-on children’s museum. It is located at 516 S. Kirkwood Road, St. Louis. (Kirkwood Road is the section of Lindbergh Boulevard between Big Bend Boulevard and Manchester Road.) The museum features dozens of interactive exhibits for children of all ages as well as a variety of special events throughout the year.

The Magic House is located at 516 S. Kirkwood Road, along the section of Lindbergh Boulevard between Big Bend Boulevard and Manchester Road in Kirkwood.

The Museum’s hands-on exhibits and educational programming have been recognized nationally by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Orbitz, Nickelodeon, Family Fun Magazine and Zagat, which named The Magic House the nation’s top family attraction with the most child appeal.

 

 

 

FREE Admission To National Parks This Weekend

Jefferson National Expansion Memorial

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Admission to America’s national parks will be free this weekend (Feb. 14-16) in celebration of President’s Day Monday, Feb. 16.

The St. Louis area has two national parks–the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial (Gateway Arch and the Old Courthouse) and White Haven, the home of President Ulysses S. Grant and his wife Julia Dent Grant. Admission to both are free but in case you’ll be on the road during future fee-free days at the national parks this year:

  • January 19, Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • February 14-16, Presidents Day weekend
  • April 18-19, opening weekend of National Park Week
  • August 25, National Park Service Birthday
  • September 26, National Public Lands Day
  • November 11, Veterans Day

Only 133 of our 405 national parks charge an entrance fee. If you’re planning to visit several of those that do charge a fee, consider buying an annual pass that gives you free access to all national parks, national wildlife refuges, national forests, and many other Federal lands. It costs $80. All active duty military members and their dependents can get the America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass which is free.

The fee waiver for fee-free days includes: entrance fees, commercial tour fees, and transportation entrance fees. Other fees such as reservation, camping, tours, concession and fees collected by third parties are not included unless stated otherwise.

Delta Dental Winter Zoo Fun At Saint Louis Zoo Ends Sunday With Mardi Gras Celebration

Screen Shot 2015-01-15 at 4.10.10 PM Screen Shot 2015-01-15 at 4.10.04 PM Screen Shot 2015-01-15 at 4.09.52 PM Screen Shot 2015-01-15 at 4.09.40 PM Delta Dental Zoo at the Saint Louis Zoo

 

 

 

 

 

Delta Dental Winter Zoo, a day of  FREE activities, games and crafts with the kids at the Saint Louis Zoo ends Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015. The activities will be available from11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sunday’s event includes Delta Dental Mardi Gras, the best family Mardi Gras celebration in town. Delta Dental Mardi Gras includes mask making, beads, live music and more. Turn your child’s wagon or stroller into a Mardi Gras parade float, and join in the parade through the Zoo at 3 p.m. led by the Zoo’s costumed characters and Delta Dental’s Land of Smiles characters. includes mask making, beads, live music and more. Turn your child’s wagon or stroller into a Mardi Gras parade float, and join in the parade through the Zoo at 3 p.m. led by the Zoo’s costumed characters and Delta Dental’s Land of Smiles characters.

Delta Dental’s Tooth WizardSM and his sister Tooth FairySM will star in the Land of Smiles® stage show in Anheuser Busch Theater in The Living World building at 11:30 a.m. In addition to teaching good oral health habits, Land of Smiles will educate children on the benefits of eating healthy foods and active play 60 minutes a day. Each child attending the show will receive a free “smile bag” containing dental health supplies to help put them on track for a lifetime of healthy smiles. Movin’ All Around the Land of Smiles activity, by Delta Dental, will take place in The Living World at 2 p.m. on Feb. 15.

Watch a video on the Zoo’s WildCare Institute Center for Conservation in Punta San Juan, Peru; enjoy Humboldt penguin and takin keeper chats and enrichment activities; and listen to live music each week.

Admission to the Zoo and Winter Zoo activities is free. Children must be accompanied by an adult. All activities and games are designed for kids aged 2-10. No reservations are needed. The Zoo is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Winter Zoo is sponsored by Delta Dental of Missouri, Prairie Farms Dairy and FM NewsTalk 97.1.

For more information about the Saint Louis Zoo, visit www.stlzoo.orgwww.facebook.com/stlzoo,www.twitter.com/stlzoowww.youtube.com/stlzootube.

 

Free: Missouri History Museum To Present Play About St. Louis's Founding Mother

Marie Therese Chouteau

Marie Therese Chouteau

“Veuve Chouteau,” a play about Marie Therese Chouteau, the founding mother of St. Louis continues at the Missouri History Museum at 2 p.m. Tuesdays through January and February. The next performance wil be on Feb. 17, 2015, in the MacDermott Grand Hall.

She was the mother of Auguste Chouteau, the 14-year old who organized the clearing of the land and construction of the first two buildings in what was to become St. Louis. Marie Therese Chouteau later moved to the city with the four young children she and Pierre Laclede, the businessman who selected the city’s site, had together. She had been abandoned by her husband.

The museum is located at Lindell Boulevard and DeBaliviere Avenue in Forest Park.

 

 

FREE Admission To National Parks This Weekend

Jefferson National Expansion Memorial

 Don’t miss out on news about free and cheap things to do in St. Louis.   Sign up for our FREE newsletter on the right. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Admission to America’s national parks will be free this weekend (Feb. 14-16) in celebration of President’s Day Monday, Feb. 16.

The St. Louis area has two national parks–the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial (Gateway Arch and the Old Courthouse) and White Haven, the home of President Ulysses S. Grant and his wife Julia Dent Grant. Admission to both are free but in case you’ll be on the road during future fee-free days at the national parks this year:

  • January 19, Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • February 14-16, Presidents Day weekend
  • April 18-19, opening weekend of National Park Week
  • August 25, National Park Service Birthday
  • September 26, National Public Lands Day
  • November 11, Veterans Day

Only 133 of our 405 national parks charge an entrance fee. If you’re planning to visit several of those that do charge a fee, consider buying an annual pass that gives you free access to all national parks, national wildlife refuges, national forests, and many other Federal lands. It costs $80. All active duty military members and their dependents can get the America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass which is free.

The fee waiver for fee-free days includes: entrance fees, commercial tour fees, and transportation entrance fees. Other fees such as reservation, camping, tours, concession and fees collected by third parties are not included unless stated otherwise.

Missouri History Museum To Mark End Of St. Louis's 250-Year Anniversary

Closing celebrationWithin a few days St. Louis will turn 251 and its celebration of the first 250 years will be over.

The Missouri History Museum will hold events Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 14, 2015, and Feb. 15, 2015, to mark the end of its year-long exhibition exploring the 250 years. The events will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. throughout the museum.

Events that will start at 10 a.m. both days are:

• A scavanger hunt in the 250 in 250 exhibit. Participants can register to win a package of 250 in 250 souvenire mechandise.

• Make and Takes, an opportunity for children to make birthday cake collages and birthday crowns.

• The making of a Lego cake with Bricks 4 Kidz.

• The spinning of the Sprout and About prize wheel.

• The continuous showing of the “Portrait of St. Louis at 250 Years” film.

• Face painting by Impish Grin Face Art.

Two events will start at 1 p.m. both days –– The GoodEye Photo Booth and cupcake decorating.

Events only on Saturday are:

• Music by Mark-O-Polo at 10:30 a.m.

• A showing of the movie “Shrek” at 12:30 p.m.

• A performance of “Esther,” a play about a free black woman trying to cope with changes the came with the Louisana Purchase, at 2 p.m.

Events only on Sunday are:

• Poetry in Motion movement workshops with folk artist Mama Lisa, starting at 11 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.

• Music by Celia at 11:30 a.m.

• An opportunity to see and touch animal biofacts starting at noon.

The museum is located at Lindell Boulevard and DeBaliviere Avenue in Forest Park.