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The National Park Service presents the sights and sounds of winters past. At the free annual series, the Old Courthouse Rotunda is decked in authentic Victorian décor. Guests are invited to experience holiday music, food and dancing from eras in St. Louis history.
At the two holiday balls, volunteers in period clothing demonstrate how early St. Louisans celebrated the holiday season. Guests learn about foods, music and dancing common to holidays. On select Wednesdays, the Old Courthouse hosts concerts featuring lunchtime performances.
Historic Holiday Traditions at the Old Courthouse Kick-off Concerts
Historic Holiday Traditions at the Old Courthouse Free Concert Series
St. Louis Holiday Historic House Tour
1864 St. Louis Holiday Ball at the Old Courthouse
1764 Twelfth Afternoon Ball at the Old Courthouse
The Historic Holiday Traditions events at the Old Courthouse take place on the above-listed dates ONLY.
On August 15, 1914, the Panama Canal opened for business after decades of construction by French and American engineers.
Inspired by the centennial, the story of the events leading up to the grand opening of the canal is retold in the Linda Hall Library's exhibition, The Land Divided, The World United: Building the Panama Canal. Visitors to the exhibition can explore the dynamic period of canal building in the early 20th century through the eyes of Office Engineer A. B. Nichols who lived and worked in the Canal Zone from 1904 until the Panama Canal opened in 1914. The exhibition includes artifacts from the Library's Nichols Collection, a scale model of the Canal Zone, a model of a working canal lock, and rare books from the Library's History of Science collection.
The exhibition is accompanied by a free public lecture series, exhibition tours, and an educational website.
On February 21-22, 2015 the seven Hermann area wineries will host the Chocolate Wine Trail, where the wineries have paired luscious chocolate creations with their wines. Participating wineries are:
The $30 ticket price includes a souvenir wine glass. Purchase tickets in advance online at www.HermannWineTrail.com or call the Hermann Welcome Center at 800-932-8687.
Christmas is coming to the Glenn House. This handsomely restored Victorian home is festively decorated for Christmas and the halls are decked in the Carriage House. There are Christmas cookies, coffee and cider.
Built in 1883, the house has been faithfully restored and has many original architectural features, such as lights, plumbing fixtures, moldings, wall treatments and authentic period furniture.
The tours are avaialble on the above-listed dates ONLY.
Civil War Times introduces the life and times of soldiers and their families in period fashion, camp displays, firearms, a tea party, river squadron and fort facts, trivia challenge and hands-on activities.
The event is part of Family Days at the Museum hosted by the Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum at Southeast Missour State University.
The Branson/Lakes Area invites active and retired law enforcement personnel and their families to come for a weeklong series of events to pay tribute and honor those that serve and protect. community will invite Branson will become the nation’s leader in the recognition of law enforcement.
Visit Branson between June 13-20, 2015 and take part in all the special events planned for the men and women of the Law Enforcement Community, featuring:
Visit our website or Facebook page for details.
Address listed is for the Radisson Hotel. Events take place at multiple locations.
Representatives from Missouri River Relief will discuss their grassroots efforts to connect people to the Missouri River through river clean-up, educational events and stewardship.
The program continues the museum's ongoing series, "Museum After Hours," held the first Wednesday of each month. In addition to the program, the museum's galleries will be open until 9 p.m. The program will be held in the Missouri State Museum's History Hall, located in the east wing of the Missouri State Capitol.
Come experience a night at the Missouri State Museum and enjoy a reflection of rural life in Missouri. Missouri Century Farms and historic barns will be discussed and celebrated. Missouri Barn Alliance and Rural Network president Bill Hart will give an update on current efforts and restoration needs in the state of Missouri.
The South Fork Regulators present three, old west shoot outs, centered around the Bucksnort Saloon Museum.
Enjoy tyhe fun and spend some time in the 1880s-themed Bucksnort Saloon. Fun for the family.
NOTE: Presented on the dates shown only.
Friday, February 14, the Jesse James Farm and Museum will open an exhibit of love letters from Reverend Robert James to Zerelda Elizabeth Cole. One of the letters was written during the couple’s courtship in 1841, while Robert James was attending Georgetown College. They married and later moved to Clay County in 1845. Their children were Frank, Jesse, and Susan James.
Other letters in the collection were written by Robert James after he left Clay County and headed west to the gold mines of California, to preach to the miners. These letters offer details about his travels and some of the men traveling with the group. They reveal the hardships of travel by wagon train through rough terrain and how illnesses easily overtook the camp. There are also philosophical essays included in the collection. They were written by Robert James as a student at Georgetown College, most likely to be used as sermons.
Admission rates apply. For more information, contact Elizabeth Gilliam Beckett, Superintendent, Historic Sites, (816)736-8502.
In the Patee House Museum, you can climb aboard an 1860 train and ride a vintage carousel—indoors. The museum houses an 1877 railroad depot; a stagecoach; automobiles; trucks; fire trucks; wagons; buggies and carriages; a horse-drawn hearse; a real gallows; a blacksmith shop; the dressmaker's shop; model railroads; antique furniture and toys; western art; and a wing designed to look like the streets of Old St. Jo in the 1860s-1880s.
Constructed in 1858 as a luxury hotel, the building has been a hotel three times; a girls college twice; the Union Army Provost Marshal's office during the Civil War; the headquarters for the Pony Express; and a shirt factory.
Admission: $6; age 60+, $5; ages 6-17, $4; younger than 6, free.
(One block away, visit the home where the infamous outlaw Jesse James was shot and killed on April 3, 1882.)
One of the nation’s leading comprehensive art museums, containing more than 33,000 works of art. Areas of notable depth include: Oceanic art; pre-Columbian art; ancient Chinese bronzes; and European and American art of the late 19th and 20th centuries, with particular strength in 20th century German painting.
The museum offers a full range of featured exhibitions, a research library, four conservation labs, a varied annual schedule of special events, and community and school programs.
The East Building expansion opened June 29, 2013, increasing the museum’s public space by 30 percent. It added: more than 300 parking spaces; a fully accessible entrance on Fine Arts Drive; a new Education Center; and reinstalled galleries in the Main Building.
Located in Forest Park, the Saint Lewis Art Museum is the only permanent building remaining from the 1904 World’s Fair.
Closed Thanksgiving and December 25. Check our website for exhibits, schedules and holiday hours.
This website offers information about the history of the Civil War in Missouri as the state prepares to commemorate the Sesquicentennial of the war, which was fought 1861-1865.
Throughout the site, you'll find details about Civil War battles that took places in Missouri, such as Wilson's Creek and Pilot Knob; the people who played a significant role in the war, such as Ulysses S. Grant and Sterling Price; and resources for educators, where links to lesson plans and teacher's guides are available. Information about upcoming Civil War events around Missouri can be found on the site, which also features videos about the war and its impact on the state.
You'll also find information about Civil War-related attractions in Missouri, such as the Old Courthouse, Battle of Lexington State Historic Site, and Calvary Cemetery, to name a few.
People interested in getting involved with Civil War Sesquicentennial events may use the website to submit their e-mail address if they'd like to receive more information about volunteer opportunities, as those opportunities become available.
For more than forty years, this was the only courthouse between Independence and the Pacific Ocean.
Harry S. Truman held court here in the 1930s. Also, it served as a Mormon mercantile.
Kansas City's oldest remaining brick residence is located in the Westport area. The Greek Revival mansion was built in 1855 by early settlers, John and Henrietta Harris. The bricks for the mansion were made on the premises.
The house stood prominently on the Battle of Westport Civil War Battlefield. In the fall of 1861, the Harris home was used as headquarters for the Union Army.
The house was moved to its present location in 1922. The house is restored to its 1850s appearance.
Visit our website for details and special event schedules.
The dungeon-like cells of the jail housed thousands of prisoners during the bloodiest time in Jackson County's history, including Frank James and William Quantrill. An 1870s schoohouse completes the site. Closed November and January-March.
Unusual "squirrel cage" jail, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, also serves as a visitors' information center in Gallatin, MO.
The Daviess County Squirrel Cage Jail was completed in 1889. Its unique architectural design provided answers to concerns about prisoner security, worries about both prisoners breaking out and accomplices breaking in: rotary jails, where a round "squirrel cage" divides into jail cells and spins on a single axis inside a perimeter of stationary bars.
Eight rotary jails are known to have been constructed, all variations of the patented design by the Pauley Jail Building & Mfg. Company of St. Louis. Only three still stand today as visual markers of yesteryear.
Built in 1906, this renovated and remodeled Missouri-Pacific Depot is now owned by the Aurora Chamber of Commerce. It houses the Aurora Historical Society Museum, filled with memories of yesteryear of Aurora and surrounding communities.
The old historic A.L. Webb School has been transformed into a museum housing artifacts, pictures, art collection, military and school memorabilia. The museum is not wheelchair accessible. In front of the museum stands the Veteran's Memorial, honoring all military men and women. The memorial is wheelchair accessible.
Built in 1893, our beautiful Victorian house was the home of Allen Percy Green, the owner/operator of the Green Refractory, a world renowned fire-brick manufacturer.
Four guestrooms. Guests are served a full, hot breakfast. Our ample common areas total more than 5,000 square-feet. The beautiful grounds cover half an acre. We enjoy a 99.7% customer satisfaction rate.
A multitude of indoor and outdoor activities are available in the area. The National Churchill Museum in Fulton is a 30-minute drive; the Missouri State Capitol in Jefferson City is 50 minutes away.
Visit our website for more information, area attractions, photos and reservations. Special packages are available with a two-work-day notice.
Displays include items of historical note, from pioneer materials and American Indian relics and arrowheads, to collections of military objects, including a cannonball that struck the courthouse during the 1862 Battle of Kirksville.
This museum, in a former school, documents the history of Agency, from the 1836 Platte Purchase to the present. After the Platte Purchase, Agency Ford was a thriving community, but, slowly, flooding caused the town to nearly vanish. Open by appointment.
Hands-on environment for all ages. On display is a Cobra helicopter, a T-33 jet aircraft, Army Jeeps, trucks and other restored military equipment.
Take an imaginary flight in a Cobra helicopter. Type a message on a teletype machine. Have a personalized dog tag made.
We host birthday parties.
Admission: $5; ages 6-11, $3; ages 5 and younger, free.
The Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art houses one of the finest collections of 18th, 19th and 20th century American art in the Midwest. The museum has works by artists such as Mary Cassatt, Rembrandt Peale, Edward Hopper, and Wayne Theibaud.
The collection is housed in the original William Albrecht home, with a large addition. The museum’s gift shop offers a selection of keepsakes and children's items.
Admission: $5; age 65+, $2; younger than 18 & students, $1. Group rates offered. Closed holidays.
In 1894, this roller mill and one-room schoolhouse was the focal point of the Alley Spring community.
Park rangers in period costume show you how the mill worked and how school was taught in the one-room schoolhouse. A variety of historic programs are offered.
Open June thru August.
Rooms include HBO and free local calls. Located off of I-29.
Each of our locations provides access to Kansas City's attractions. Each location offers you free local calls, free hi-speed wireless Internet access, outdoor pool, and coin-operated laundry.American Inns offer three locations in the Kansas City, Missouri, area: I-70 and Woods Chapel Road in Blue Springs; I-70 and Noland Road in Independence; and I-35 and Armour Road in North Kansas City.
Our North Kansas City location is a full-service location featuring Spirits Restaurant and Spirit's Alibi Lounge. Should you have a meeting or reunion planned, allow us to assist you in North Kansas City or Independence in our meeting facilities.
Located in the historic 18th and Vine Jazz District, the American Jazz Museum showcases the sights and sounds of a uniquely American art form.
Activities include interactive exhibits; films; the Changing Gallery; the Blue Room Jazz Club; and the Gem Theater, a 500-seat performing arts center.
We offer education and community-based programs, traveling exhibits, live musical performances and special events.
Closed all federal Holidays, except Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Admission: $8; younger than 12, $3. Combo tickets with the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum: $10; younger than 12, $5.
A fine arts museum devoted to man's best friend; home to one of the largest collections of dog art in the country. Permanent exhibits include paintings, drawings and sculptures by well known 19th- and 20th-century artists. Gift shop; All-Star Dogs Hall of Fame; and Hope A. Levy Memorial Library. Special events are held throughout the year.
Hands-on, interactive museum of agricultural history. The American Royal is Kansas City's famed barbecue, rodeo, horse and livestock show venue. Tours available.
All rooms have queen or king beds; 30-inch flat-screen TV; USA Today; free local calls; phones with data ports and voice mail. Continental breakfast includes a hot waffle bar. Branson is 30 miles.
We invite you to stay at our hotel, located 6 miles from Truman Lake, at the western trailhead of Katy Trail State Park. We are right at the center between Kansas City and Springfield/Branson area. We are pet-friendly. Pets must weigh less than 25 pounds.
We have meeting facilities of more than 8,000 sq. ft. An atrium of 5,900 sq. ft., a town hall of 2,100 sq. ft. and a Boardroom. We can accommodate from 10 to 500 people.
See our website for details, reservations and a list of nearby businesses and attractions.
Relax and enjoy great views of the Missouri countryside. Two trains daily each direction between St. Louis and Kansas City, with stops at St. Louis, Kirkwood, Washington, Hermann, Jefferson City, Sedalia, Warrensburg, Lee's Summit, Independence and Kansas City.
Limited carry-on bicycle space is available (St. Louis-Kansas City trains only); restrictions apply. Reservations are required for bicycle space and for all passengers. Purchase tickets from any travel agent or on the Amtrak Web site.
Discounts offered: seniors (62+), children (2-12), active duty military, groups (20+), AAA, Veterans Advantage members, and Student Advantage members. See individual listings for each city served.
Anchors Away is the sister house of Cat Nap Inn and right next door; your party of up to 16 guests can be close, with privacy, right in the heart of downtown Hermann! Both Guest Houses have hot tubs and fully stocked kitchens with eclectic furnishings and creative touches throughout.
Enjoy being outdoors with fire pits and BBQ pits as well. See our website for prices and availability.
The exhibit titled A Rural Way of Life, interprets the rich heritage of Andrew County from 1841 into the 21st century. It explores the history of farming, as well as small towns. Learn how families pulled together to make their farms a success.
Admission: $3; ages 55+ and student, $2; younger than 14, free.
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