Events – 2024


Sappington-Concord Historical Society general membership meeting Wednesday, July 24 at 3:00 pm

Two summers ago we had our July meeting at St. John’s EUCC Cemetery at Lindbergh and I55 and last year’s summer meeting was at St. Lucas UCC Cemetery on Denny Road. This year’s summer meeting will continue the tradition. Our quarterly meeting will be outside at Sunset Memorial Park and Mausoleum, (also known as Sunset Burial Park} on Gravois Road, Wednesday, July 24 at 3:00pm.  

The tour will be conducted by Gene Baumgartner a 40½ year employee. The cemetery has a 100 year history and is a resting place for many recognizable St. Louis names and organizations. We’ll gather at the office, a red brick home at the west entrance, across from Commerce Bank.  

From the office we will follow Gene’s lead car to one or two locations returning to the office to enjoy Ted Drews ice cream on the patio across from the office. Bring your lawn chairs. 

Wednesday, July 24 at 3:00pm

A special meeting August 7 at Concord Farmers’ Club!  

As you may know, the Concord Farmers’ Club on Concord School Road has been closed for several years after being a driving force in the South County area for over 100 years. Lindbergh Schools purchased the property and have exciting plans for its future.  

We’ll call this special meeting of the Sappington-Concord Historical Society “Concord Farmers’ Club – Past, Present and Future.”  Mark the date – Wednesday, August 7 at 3:00 pm.  

All members are invited to attend and bring friends, neighbors and family. The meeting will be on the dance floor inside the Farmers’ Club. Bring lawn chairs. Several members will have stories of their experiences growing up in the area. Our guest speaker is Doug Barton, STEM Programs Coordinator with Lindbergh Schools. They have a wonderful story to tell about the future use of the property. Perhaps, with Lindbergh Schools’ leadership it will become another 100 year driving force in the south county area. It’s a story you don’t want to miss!  

Wednesday, August 7 at 3:00 pm

Press release for 2024 Memorial Day Cermony

Sappington-Concord Historical Society Invites Community to Celebrate Local Veterans
During Annual Memorial Day Celebration

ST. LOUIS (May 27, 2024) — The Sappington-Concord Historical Society will return to St. Lucas United Church of Christ this year to host the biggest, little annual Memorial Day celebration in South County. This year’s event will be at 9 a.m., Monday, May 27, on the green at St. Lucas United Church of Christ, 11735 Denny Road, 63126. The annual family-friendly celebration is free and open to the public.

This year’s event will feature distinguished speaker Daniel C. LaFata, Assistant Chief of the Mehlville Fire Protection District. His presence at the event is intended to remind the community how first responders, many of whom are military veterans, keep us safe here at home. LaFata began his career as a volunteer firefighter for Shady Valley Fire Protection District. He has served the MFPD since 1995, is a pilot on the district’s drone team, and oversees the special operations team.

As with previous years, this year’s event will also include a ceremonial flyover by a local group of Stearman Biplane aircraft owners; a doves of peace release; and musical performances by Lauren Hoggatt, the Moolah Drum Corps and the Lindbergh High School Spirit of St. Louis Marching Band.

Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, and parking will be available on the east parking lot at St. Lucas. For more information, please visit

Wednesday, April 24, at 6:30 p.m.
The Sappington-Concord Historical Society (SCHS) quarterly meeting is Wednesday, April 24, at 6:30 p.m. in the Cafeteria at Lindbergh High School, 5000 S. Lindbergh Blvd.

Molly Butterworth, former curator and director of the Museum of Transportation, will present Trains & Trolleys: Railroads and Streetcars in St. Louis.  As one of the leading authorities on travel by rail in the St. Louis area, she’ll explain and illustrate how St. Louis became one of the nation’s centers for railroad and streetcar travel, showing how that dominance gradually ebbed away, with consequences still affecting us today.

FYI:  This is the program originally scheduled for the January meeting last year but was cancelled due to inclement weather.

Directions to Lindbergh High School cafeteria:
Turn onto the campus at the signal at Lindbergh Blvd. & Roxanna Drive; at guard station turn right and follow the drive past the round building to the bottom of the sloping drive.  Turn left into the large parking lot; park near the building straight ahead.  Enter the set of doors and the cafeteria is to your right.

Looking forward to seeing you Wednesday evening.  Guests are welcome.

January 24, 2024 – daytime meeting

The Sappington-Concord Historical Society (SCHS) quarterly meeting is Wednesday, January 24, at 3:00 p.m. in the auditorium at Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site, 7400 Grant Road. Acting Historian and Curator Nick Sacco will speak on Ulysses S. Grant’s relationship with slavery. He’ll explore Grant’s antislavery upbringing in Ohio, his interactions with enslaved people in St. Louis, and eventual embrace of emancipation during the Civil War.

Note: this is a DAYTIME meeting. If your schedule permits, come early to visit the museum.  For those who don’t drive at night, the meeting will be over about 4 p.m. However, if you are able to stay, a guided tour of the house and grounds will follow.

If you have not already sent in your SCHS membership dues renewal for 2024, you may make payment at this meeting, or mail your check to SCHS, P.O. Box 270538, St. Louis, MO 63127. Thank you for your continued support of the Society.

Looking forward to seeing you Wednesday afternoon.  Guests are welcome.