7 Time-Honored State Fair Traditions

Each year there’s something new to see, and yet some components of the Fair date back from before Missouri actually had a designated State Fair. Let’s take a walk through time and look at some of the State Fair’s most proud traditions.


Get to Know the Renovated Gateway Arch National Park

The Jeff”erson National Expansion Memorial has been renamed Gateway Arch National Park, opening a new chapter for the stainless steel monument and for the city of St. Louis.


Life on the Run: Riding With the Younger Brothers

In the stories told about them during their careers the Youngers were often cast in the classic Robin Hood mold. It was an image they worked hard to cultivate, but it was only half true. They did steal from the rich but, as biographer T.J. Stiles wrote, “There is no evidence that they did anything with their loot except spend it on themselves.”


Ste. Genevieve to Become a National Historic Park

Ste. Genevieve was established in 1735 by French-Canadian colonists. It was the first ever settlement by Europeans in Missouri.


The New Madrid Earthquakes of 1811-1812

“The earth, river, etc., torn with furious convulsions, opened in huge trenches. There through a thousand vents sulphurous streams gushed from its very bowels leaving vast and almost unfathomable caverns.”


Arrow Rock’s Hidden Black History

The National Historic Landmark Village of Arrow Rock Embraces its Diverse Past.


The Vaile Mansion is Always a Marvel

There’s no other way to describe the Vaile Mansion during the holiday season. Each year, the Victorian Society—a volunteer group dedicated to the mansion’s preservation—selects a Christmas theme and begins to deck the halls of this historic Second Empire-style home.


An Old-Time Holiday at Hermann Farm

For some, traveling for the holidays is not so much a matter of where to go as when. There’s something about Christmas that shares a symbiotic relationship with the past. Memory creates a personal nostalgia. Time slows down. And technology takes a backseat to traditions.


Divided We Stand

What happens when a county tries to secede from the state?


A Stagecoach Comes Home

This is the tale of a still-working stagecoach—now fondly named The Journey—that has operated in three different centuries—probably the only stagecoach in this country to do that—and how it is coming home to Missouri.