Art Along The Rivers

What do a 1,000-year-old Mississippian figurine, a 1910 photo of three young boys at work and the plans for the building of the St. Louis Arch have in common?

They’re all part of a diverse exhibition offered by the Saint Louis Art Museum. “Art Along the Rivers: A Bicentennial Celebration” marks Missouri’s 200th year of statehood by bringing together more than 150 objects (including the figurine, photo and plans) from around the confluence region surrounding St. Louis.


Maple & Main: Music for Buffalo’s boom

By the time Jacquelyn Strickland takes the stage at the back to introduce the evening’s featured musicians—two singer-songwriters, one from Massachusetts, one from Wisconsin–she has already greeted everyone who walked in the front door. And when the lights go down and spotlights shine on Jaquelyn’s son, singer-songwriter and guitarist Lyal Strickland, then on visiting artists Grace Morrison and Camela Widad, the audience is rapt, listening for almost two hours to every note and word.


City Scout: Holiday Festivities in K.C.

An abundance of decorative, tasty, and educational festivities are on top in Kansas City during this holiday season.


Old map with old compass.

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Artwork by Jane Mudd

Artist: Wit and Wonder

I drive down a rural country road in Callaway County toward the home and studio of artist Jane Mudd. Jane lives with her husband Tom in a log home deep in the woods, about seven miles from Fulton. I turn up the driveway to the Mudd’s home and notice that the recent rain has left the countryside lush and beautiful. “You caught us dancing!” Jane laughs as I approach, stepping into their outdoor room with a million-dollar view of a verdant valley surrounded by Callaway County’s wooded hills.


Mayor’s Christmas Tree Ornament

The 2021 Mayor's Christmas Tree ornament, "Festive Friends," was designed by Hallmark Artist Crista Couch. The laser-cut, bell-shaped design features three penguins, a snowman, and a cardinal decorating a Christmas tree with lights.


St. Joseph: More than just a stop on the Pony Express

St. Joseph is home to iconic places, including Jesse James’s home, the Pony Express birthplace, and the Kansas City Chiefs’ training camp. History flows through this town where museums tell the stories of this westward jumping-off point and where new stories are beginning.


The castle at Ha Ha Tonka State Park

Discover the 2021 Best of Missouri Life Awards

The 2021 Missouri Life readers' choice awards are here!


Illustration for St. Louis Jewish Book Festival

St. Louis Jewish Book Festival Binds Community

From a futuristic St. Louis where technology clashes with Jewish tradition to a story inspired by real high school students who stood up against an assignment asking them to defend the Holocaust, the forty-third annual St. Louis Jewish Book Festival brings together a variety of authors and stories. 


The first edition of the Stars and Stripes newspaper

Relics: Stars and Stripes Museum and Library

Since the first Stars and Stripes was printed in Bloomfield in 1861, the Department of Defense designated Bloomfield as the birthplace of the Stars and Stripes newspaper. The Missouri Stars and Stripes was printed only once during the Civil War. It wouldn’t see publication again until World War I, when it was an eight-page weekly. Publication stopped after WWI, then for the first nine months of World War II, it was restarted.