The 1861 Jayhawker Raid in Osceola

A jayhawker raid in 1861 lays waste to the town of Osceola.


The Struggle for Statehood

A historian digs a little deeper into out bicentennial date to figure out if we've actually been celebrating our statehood during the wrong month, and year.


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.


July 30, 1877

On this day the St. Louis County Council  raised the drinking age from 16 to 18. 


July 29, 1904

The International Association of Ice Cream Makers credit Syrian immigrant, Ernest Hamwi, with using his wafer-like pastries to hold a scoop of ice cream on this day.  Thus, the ice cream cone was born at World's Fair in St. Louis.  He called it a World's Fair Cornucopia.  


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 Oliver.


The Osage Nation Today

A conversation with Chief Geoffrey M. Standing Bear of the Osage Nation, based in Pawhuska, Oklahoma


The Otoe-Missouria Tribe Today

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


August 31, 1793

This is the day that "Le Chasseur," the hunter, Louis Blanchette died. He had earlier established a trading post that he called Les Petite Cotes, or Village of Little Hills. Under the Spanish, the name was changed to San Carlos but the Americans call it St. Charles.


April 12, 1952

It was "Dizzy Dean Week" in St. Louis in celebration of the movie The Pride of St. Louis. Dizzy was in town for the week and said he didn't care if it wasn't exactly accurate.