The Real Story Behind That Bad Man “Stagger Lee”

On Christmas Eve, 1895, a shooting occurred in a North St. Louis saloon that was destined to find a prominent—and permanent—place in American oral tradition.


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The History of Missouri’s Flag

After entering the Union in 1821, Missouri went nearly an entire century without a state flag. The Missouri state flag was finally designed by Ray County native Marie Watkins…


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The Tribes of Missouri Part 3: Homecoming

Dominated by the new US government, Missouri’s indigenous groups struggled against efforts to marginalize them—and sometimes against the indifference of their own young people.…


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The Otoe-Missouria Tribe Today

A conversation with Heather Payne, Otoe-Missouria Tribe public information officer, based in Red Rock, Oklahoma.


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The Tribes of Missouri Part 2: Things Fall Apart

At a time when the nations of Europe were competing for global control of trade and land, the New World offered the ideal opportunity to fill European coffers and expand their…


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What to Expect When You’re Expecting an Earthquake

An illustrated guide to the end times


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Meet Missouri’s First Governors

It all began  with the bargain of the century. A savvy deal negotiated between France and the United States more than two hundred years ago would set the stage for the first major…


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