Elizabeth Terry and her two co-authors, John A. Wright and Patrick McCarthy, will speak on their new book, Ethnic St. Louis, on Thursday, April 21, 2016 at 2:30 pm at Friendship Village Sunset Hills.
As St. Louis celebrates the 250th year since its founding, Ethnic St. Louis highlights the many communities that make St. Louis a vibrant, multi-ethnic city. Their stories-accompanied by rare photography, fill the new book Ethnic St. Louis, a rich tapestry of the people and cultures that have enriched the Gateway City throughout its history. From long-established French, German, and Irish communities, through the African American community, and the more recent arrivals of Vietnamese and Bosnian immigrants, this volume covers a broad spectrum of groups that shaped St. Louis history and daily life. Photo-illustrated vignettes convey why each community settled in St. Louis, how they changed through the years, and how they contributed to local progress and growth. A first-of-its-kind compendium, Ethnic St. Louis demonstrates the importance of diverse communities to the city’s rich past, complex current identity, and interconnected future.
Elizabeth Terry, author of Oysters to Angus: Three Generations of the St. Louis Faust Family, has a Masters in public history from James Madison University in Virginia. She manages a diverse range of projects through her historical research company, and directs an archives for a St. Louis church.
John A. Wright is a native of St. Louis, MO., and holds a Ph.D. from St. Louis University. Dr. Wright has had a long and distinguished career as a St. Louis academic leader and is an active member of the community, serving on numerous boards (e.g. the St. Louis World Trade Center and the Regional Arts Commission). He is the author of 13 books about regional history, including Extraordinary Black Missourians (2013, Reedy Press).
Patrick McCarthy has worked with the large Bosnian community in St. Louis for the past twenty years. He is a co-author of After the Fall: Srebrenica Survivors in St. Louis. McCarthy is associate dean of libraries at St. Louis University.