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The Missouri Botanical Garden's annual Orchid Show is a once-a-year opportunity to see a rotating display of hundreds of orchids from the Garden’s permanent collection.
This year’s show celebrates the orchids of South America. Delight in the sights and sounds of a tropical garden inspired by the works of Roberto Burle Marx; explore the garden's world-renowned orchid collection; learn about the garden's long-standing research and conservation work in South America.
In addition to regular admission, tickets for this special event are $5 for ages 3 and older.
Regular admission: $8; St. Louis City/County residents, $4; age 12 and younger, free.
Rock hobbyists from all over the United States will set up outdoors and under tents at Missouri Mines State Historic Site to swap and sell rock and mineral specimens, fossils, rock jewelry and other rock-related items. The public is invited and all are encouraged to participate.
The historic site’s museum will be open free of charge during scheduled hours throughout the event. Missouri Mines State Historic Site co-hosts the rock swap with the Mineral Area Gem and Mineral Society and the Greater St. Louis Association of Earth Science Clubs.
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.
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