About Us

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The SCHS Mission Statement

The primary purpose of the Sappington-Concord Historical Society is to research, collect, and preserve historical records and artifacts with an emphasis on the Sappington-Concord area of South St. Louis County in the state of Missouri, then to share those collections and information through displays, publications and presentations in any medium or event, including educational opportunities for both adults and children. We strive to bring the joy and insight of history to as many people as possible and to touch them in a way that brings the joy and insights of history to them personally.

In five words, for SCHS, we:
• Research
• Collect
• Preserve
• Educate
• Share

The SCHS Invitation

If you enjoy history, fun, and good fellowship, we invite you to join us. Whether you live in the Sappington-Concord area, or just have some connection to the area, we would love to have you as a member! Join us today! We will all make history together! For information by email, go to the Contact page. Or call for more information: Stephen Hanpeter 314-918-1617.

Membership


Membership is open to all who are interested in the Sappington-Concord area or history in general. Joining the Sappington-Concord Historical Society is as easy as 1, 2, 3;

1. Print the SCHS Membership Form

2. Fill in the information requested on the form.

3. Mail the form, along with your check made payable to the Sappington-Concord Historical Society, to:

Sue Steinnerd
Sappington-Concord Historical Society
4474 Gemini Dr
St. Louis, Mo 63128

We would love having you as a member and you will love being part of the fun, learning about our local history and adding to what we all know!

Governance


The Society is governed by a board of five officers, four directors, and the immediate past president. The officers and directors are elected annually by the general membership at the October general membership meeting. The SCHS board is a working board, all board members being members of SCHS. The board is sworn in at the first general meeting of the year in January, traditionally by Lindbergh Schools Superintendent, Dr. Jim Simpson.

Board member listing

Officers and Directors for the year 2016 are:

• President and SCHS web site
 manager – Stephen Hanpeter
• Vice President – Eileen Lischer
• Treasurer – Ray Steinnerd
• Recording Secretary – Sue Steinnerd
• Corresponding Secretary – Jean Heutel

• Immediate Past president – James Crooks

• Director – Marilyn Fleming
• Director – Donna Wagner
• Director – Jacque Stock
• Director – Kathleen Wiesehan

Board meetings are held on the second Wednesday of the month from 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm in the administrative offices at Lindbergh High School. Meetings are open to SCHS members. Please contact Stephen Hanpeter to let him know you are coming. See Contact page.

The Sappington-Concord Area


The Sappington-Concord area of South St. Louis County is a large part of the area served by the Lindbergh Schools. The Sappington-Concord area is at the core of the Lindbergh School district. The northern edge of the Lindbergh Schools area takes in Crestwood School and the Thomas Sappington house* in Crestwood which is across the street from Crestwood School. The Sappington family were early settlers in the new Louisiana Purchase Territory and are the namesake of the Sappington area which grew to the south of their original homestead. The Concord area stretches to the south of the Sappington area and was settled later. Overall, the Sappington-Concord area is central to the area of the Lindbergh Schools.
Google map of Sappington
Google map of Concord

Description of Concord area
Description of the Sappington area
Map of Lindbergh School district
* See photos of Sappington House taken at the SCHS Meet -at-the-Site Tour to the Sappington House in 2012.

The SCHS By-Laws define the area as:
1.020. Area of concern. The primary area of concern and interest of the Society shall be the Sappington and Concord areas of St. Louis County, Missouri, and specifically described as follows: starting at the intersection of Watson Road and the Missouri-Pacific Railroad tracks (now Grant Trail), follow the tracks generally in a southeast direction to interstate highway 55, southwest to the Meramec River, northwest to highway 44, northeast to Watson Road and back to the point of beginning at the Missouri-Pacific Railroad tracks.

SCHS History

SCHS was founded in 1992 out of an initiative of the local school district, the Lindbergh Schools, and Dr. Jim Sandfort, the Superintendent of Lindbergh Schools at the time. The SCHS has had more than 20 years of proud service to the Sappington-Concord area and the surrounding region.

Events and Programs

To learn more about SCHS events and programs, see Events.

Website


The SCHS website is maintained by the current SCHS president, Stephen Hanpeter. For questions, comments or additions, please contact him at schs.webmanager@gmail.com. The website was refreshed, and redesigned in the Fall of 2013. Some of the former content has not been carried over to the new website. If there is some particular content or feature you would especially like to have restored, please make your request known. The all important photos will become a feature again of the new website. See below for more info on photos.

Website Photos

Each page of the website has a small slideshow of photos playing in the upper right sidebar of the page. These photos are from the SCHS green book, Sappington-Concord: A History. The photos have no captions on the website. To find out more about the photos, you may see the book in the reference section of St. Louis County library system and find the caption there. Each photo on the website has a serial number for easy reference. You can find it by mousing over the lower part of the slideshow window. The present slideshow is titled, Fun Shots. To see larger versions of the photos, go to the Photos page.

The photos are taken from the previous website where they appeared randomly across all pages on the site. On this new website, the photos are grouped into sets of a certain theme. The themes are as follows:

Fun shots (playing now)
Kids
Portraits
Groups (of people)
Houses I
Houses II
Businesses
Farms
Transportation
School
Pets and animals

To see another set of photos, send your request to schs.webmanager@gmail.com and make clear in the subject line that you are requesting a particular slideshow theme be played.

See the Home page for more general information on the SCHS.

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Sappington-Concord Historical Society…

                        …join us and we’ll make history together!

Go to Joining page.