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The Sappington-Concord Historical Society works with other organizations and institutions in the Sappington-Concord area including schools, churches, Boy Scout troops, libraries, retirement facilities, local municipalities and civic organizations. Listed below are events not directly sponsored by SCHS but are related in some way to SCHS.

These events are listed here as helpful information to SCHS members and visitors to our website. It is not a comprehensive listing and again, these events are not sponsored by SCHS. It is hoped that they are of interest to our members and website visitors.

Events Related to SCHS

A Spirited Holiday Past - Site descriptions

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Want to know when, where, and times a site will be open? Scroll below to learn about all of the historic houses, museums, and private homes of Historic Saint Louis.

Bellefontaine Cemetery
4947 W. Florissant, St. Louis, MO 63115
Admission: free
Come visit the picturesque 314 acres of Bellefontaine Cemetery and Arboretum.  Stop inside our main gate at 4947 W. Florissant and enter our Gate House (building on the left) for directions to a set of stops in the cemetery.  While there pick up a little holiday cheer with some lite refreshments. Proceed into the cemetery to the Campbell, Field family lots and to Historic Hotchkiss Chapel.  At each location Volunteers and Staff will be on hand to present information to each location, family and impact on St. Louis and Regional History. An exposure to the history of St. Louis and to a class II Arboretum, on the Morton scale, make a visit to Bellefontaine of interest for all that enter the gates.

1820 Col. Benjamin Stephenson House
409 S. Buchanan, Edwardsville, IL 62025
Admission: Adults: $6, Children (6-12 years old): $3, Under 6: free

Blair Huse McAvoy Mansion
2043 Park Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63104
Admission: Adults: $5, Children (under 16): free
Lafayette Square features one of its premier historic residences, the Blair-Huse Mansion, owned by Mike and Carolyn McAvoy. Originally a country home built for Montgomery Blair, a lawyer who represented Dred Scott in his famous freedom trial and served as Postmaster General during the Lincoln administration, the estate once covered the North side of Lafayette Park.
Following the Civil War, Blair sold the home to St. Louis Mayor James Britton, who in turn sold it to William Huse, a businessman successful in both steamboats and ice. Huse hired architect George Barnett to redesign and double the size of the house. It is similar to the Missouri Governor’s Mansion in Jefferson City, also designed by Barnett. The home features a classic mansard roof, 14 foot ornate ceilings, walnut staircases and shutters and six fireplaces, arrayed for the holidays.

Campbell House Museum
1508 Locust Street,  St. Louis, MO 6310 314-421-0325
Admission: Adults: $8, Children (12 & under): free
Built in 1851, the first house in the ele­gant Lucas Place neigh­bor­hood, the Camp­bell House was the home of renowned fur trader and entre­pre­neur Robert Camp­bell and his fam­ily from 1854 until 1938. The museum con­tains hun­dreds of orig­i­nal Camp­bell pos­ses­sions includ­ing fur­ni­ture, paint­ings, cloth­ing, let­ters, car­riages and a unique set of inte­rior pho­tographs taken in the mid-1880s.

Chatillon-DeMenil Mansion
3352 DeMenil Place, Saint Louis, MO 63118
Admission: Adult: $8, Children (under 12): free
Nicolas and Emilie Sophie DeMenil’s Greek Revival mansion is splendidly decorated for a “joyeux Noel” reflecting Victorian holiday traditions. Holiday crafts will be available for children 12 and under.

Thornhill Mansion at Faust Park
15185 Olive Blvd., Chesterfield, MO  63017
Admission: Adults: $10 in advance $12 cash at the door, Children (4-12): $5, Under 4: free
Come experience the beauty of a holiday at Thornhill, the home of Governor and Mrs. Frederick Bates located in Faust Park. The customs of the 1860’s will surround guests on this self-guided tour through the festively adorned rooms with historically dressed docents in attendance. Thornhill is the oldest standing governor’s house in the state of Missouri and will be open Friday, November 30th 6-9 pm and Saturday, December 1st 10am-4pm & 5-9 pm.

Field House Museum
634 South Broadway, Saint Louis, MO 63102
Admission: Adults: $7, Children (7-16) $4, Under 7: free
The Field House Museum is a dynamic museum and historic site focused on the Field Family. The historic house was once the home of Roswell Field, noted St. Louis attorney, and the birthplace of his son, Eugene Field, the “Children’s Poet” who was known best for his poems, Wynken, Blynken, & Nod and The Gingham Dog & Calico Cat. While living in the home, Roswell Field became the key attorney in the Dred & Harriet Scott Freedom Suit when he formulated the legal strategy that propelled the case to federal court. The house is designated as a National Historic Landmark and has an attached museum featuring the many collections of the museum. Guests will enjoy seeing our historic house, decorated for the holiday and featuring a beautifully adorned German feather tree. Stop by our kids’ activity spot to create a fun holiday activity.

First State Capitol State Historic Site
200 South Main Street, St. Charles, MO 63301
Admission: Free

Gittemeier House
1067 Dunn Road, Florissant, MO  63031
Admission: Donation Encouraged

Griot Museum of Black History
2505 St. Louis Ave., St. Louis, MO 63106
Admission: Adult: $7.50, Children (12 & under): $3.75

Hanley House
7600 Westmoreland Ave., Clayton, MO 63105 314-290-8553
Admission: $5 per person
Martin Franklin Hanley built the Historic Hanley House in 1855.  The farmstead is the oldest structure in the City of Clayton and it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  The restored home is today an historic house museum filled with original family furnishings, artifacts, and letters that together represent an honest portrayal of 19th century Missouri life.  The holiday season is particularly important in the interpretation of the site as it was historically a time when M.F. Hanley, his wife Cyrene, their 10 children and extended family would try their best to gather in St. Louis to celebrate.

Hawken House
1155 S. Rock Hill Rd., St. Louis, MO 63119
Admission:  Adult: $5, Children (12 & under): free
The Historic Christopher Hawken House is one of the oldest houses in suburban Webster Groves. Christopher Miller Hawken came from a family of gunsmiths who handcrafted the “Hawken rifle” and built this elegant Federal/Greek Revival style farmhouse in 1857 for his bride, Mary Ann Kinkead Eads. The house originally stood on Big Bend Boulevard along Grant Road, and was moved to Southwest Park in 1970 in order to preserve the structure. It was the first home in Missouri to receive federal funds for restoration, which matched the amount raised by the citizens of Webster Groves and is listed on the National Historic Register. It is now maintained and operated by the Webster Groves Historical Society. Furnished entirely in the Victorian decor of that period, it is open to the public and special tours are available.

Historic Daniel Boone Home
1868 Highway F, Defiance, MO 633419 636-798-2005   Website   Contact Admission:  Adult: $8, Senior (60+): $6, Children (5-12): $5, Under 5: free

Historic Sappington House
1015 South Sappington Road, St. Louis, MO 63126 314-822-8171
Admission:  Adult: $5, Children (under 12): $1
During Thomas Jefferson’s presidency, Thomas Sappinton built this frontier home for his bride Mary Ann. The 210-year-old house is judged to be the oldest surviving brick home in St. Louis County and is a rare example of Federal architecture in Missouri. Meticulously restored, elegantly refurbished and decorated with Christmas greenery, Sappington House is a window that allows visitors to look back to life in early 1800’s. Through a whimsical, yet historical skit, the costumed Sappingtons will enjoy the joyous season with other St. Louis families. Holiday treats will be served by The Barn restaurant.

Jarrot Mansion State Historic Site
124 E 1st St, East Saint Louis, IL 62206
The Jarrot Mansion Project and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources is offering a special holiday event on December 1st: a chance to meet and learn the story of St. Nicholas and tour the beautiful and historic Jarrot Mansion. St. Nicholas – or Pere Noel, as he became known to the French – was a 4th century bishop whose story of helping the poor eventually transformed into the story of Santa Claus. St. Nicholas will be at the Jarrot Mansion to greet guests and explain who he is and how he inspired our modern Santa Claus. The Jarrot Mansion was built in 1810 for the wealthy merchant Nicholas Jarrot, and is one of the oldest brick buildings in Illinois. The Mansion will be decorated for the holiday season in traditional frontier French style, and guides will be available to explain how the Jarrot family celebrated the Christmas season.

Laborer’s House – Jefferson Barracks
360 North Road, St. Louis, MO 63125
Admission: Adults: $3, Children (5-12): $1.50, Under 5: free
Please join us and celebrate Christmas in 1860 at the Laborers House in Historic  Jefferson Barracks Park. Meet the Ordnance Keeper’s family of 4 and a naval officer who rented a room from them as well. You will experience Christmas during the holiday period of 1860. Learn about our homemade decorations and our favorite treats. Father Christmas (Santa Claus) will be there for photo opportunities and you’ll enjoy treats like hot chocolate, mulled cider and cookies. Enjoy the ambiance of lit candles and a time when life was hard work, but yet simpler times.

Magic Chef Mansion
3400 Russell, Saint Louis, MO 63104
Admission: Adult: $15, Children (6-12): $8, Under 6: free
The Magic Chef Mansion was built in 1908 for Charles Stockstrom who founded the Magic Chef Stove Company. Come and see the original lighting, period furniture, bowling alley and carriage house decorated for Christmas.

John B. Myers Home
108 Dunn Road, Florissant, MO 63031
In 1867 John B. Myers purchased a fifty acre tract in Florissant on what was then Taylor Road. In 1869 John Myers died with only the cellar of the present house completed. His widow completed the house according to the plans of her husband, which pinpoints the construction of the house between 1869-1870. The house has been preserved due to its architectural significance. It demonstrates remarkable persistence of the classical palladian tradition continuing into the Victorian era with its vertical proportions and elaborate details. Of particular interest is the extensive fresco work. The preservation of the Myers House is a precedent setting case in Missouri. It was saved from demolition for a highway because it had officially been designated a landmark by the City of Florissant.  Currently the John B Myers House is divided into a weaving shop on the first floor and a private home on the second floor. The entire home is open to the public.

Mudd’s Grove
302 W. Argonne Drive., Kirkwood, MO 63122
Admission: $5
Mudd’s Grove was built in 1859 in the heart of Kirkwood by John Hoffman. The imposing 3 story red brick building is in the Greek Revival style of architecture. Today the lovely furnishings reflect the Victorian Era when the home was occupied by Mr. & Mrs. Henry T. Mudd and their seven children. While living here Mr. Mudd traveled extensively through the Western Territories as a land developer. He held a number of political positions including St. Louis County Auditor. He was a member of the Town Board of Kirkwood and the Missouri State Legislature. Mudd’s Grove was purchased in 1992 by the Kirkwood Historical Society and extensively restored. Today the home not only serves as a museum but includes a comprehensive library for historical research.

Old Courthouse
11 North Fourth Street, St. Louis, MO 63102 314-655-1600   Admission: free

Scott Joplin State Historic Site
2658 Delmar Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63103
Admission: Adult: $6, Children (6-17): $4, Under 6: free
Come to the Scott Joplin House State Historic Site for our Victorian Holiday Tour. Enter into the past (1902 to be exact) and delight in his historic apartment, complete with gas lights and calcimine paint decorated for the season. Visit next door to the Rosebud Cafe and enjoy authentic turn-of-the 20th century beverages and tasty treats. Experience the music of the season that Scott Joplin might have enjoyed during his time living here.

Sutter-Meyer Farmhouse
6826 Chamberlain Ct., University City, MO 63130 314-862-4569
Admission: free
The Sutter-Meyer Farmhouse is the oldest house in University City. It was originally built by William (b. 1846) and Julia Sutter on 8.33 acres of land inherited from William’s father, John Sutter (1815-1867). John Sutter came from Germany with his family in 1831. He had 16 children. John Sutter was a dairyman whose business supplied major St. Louis hotels. The community on Olive near the Sutter farm became known as Sutter, Missouri and had its own post office! In 1875, William Sutter sold his house and property to Roman Meyer (1847-1913), another German immigrant. Meyer was a truck farmer. In 1906 the area was incorporated into the new municipality of University City. The farmhouse was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980. The City of University City now owns the farmhouse and adjacent land. It is leased by the Sutter-Meyer Society, formed in 2008 to perserve and maintain this University City treasure.

Taille de Noyer
1896 S. New Florissant Rd., Florissant, MO 63031
Admission: Adult: $3, Children: $2
Taille de Noyer, the more than 200-year-old house, will be decorated for the holidays – guests are invited to tour all four floors of Tallie – the lower level contains memorabilia from Florissant homes and businesses including a bar from a saloon that closed during the Prohibition where one can enjoy a sample of mulled cider today; the first and second floors are the living quarters where you will find stockings hung on the fireplace and gifts from the period unde the tree. The aroma of spices coming from the kitchen will add to the holiday spirit. The third floor is home to the Period Clothing Collection that spans more than a century.

Tappmeyer Homestead
2 Barnes West Drive, Creve Coeur, MO 63141
Admission: free
Constructed in 1880, the Tappmeyer Homestead is an understated elegant Victorian Italianate farmhouse now located in Creve Coeur’s Millennium Park, behind Barnes West Hospital at Olive St. Rd. and Mason Rd. (#2 Barnes West Drive).   The finely detailed and gracefully proportioned front porch is the entrance to the house. This, coupled with three high dormers on the front, causes the house to take on a playhouse-like appearance, which belies its actual size. Arriving from Germany, the Tappmeyer family settled in the area and became grain farmers, living in the home continuously for 108 years. Family lore is wagon loads of potatoes were delivered to the city, returning with lumber to build the house. The 600 ton house was moved from its prominent location on Olive in 2003, with a first floor restoration in 2008. The majority of the house is original including the beautiful corbels, interior and exterior trim, and balustrades. An interior wall of the house has been left exposed showing the brick nogging construction and balloon framing and is covered with original plaster and stenciling.   The house will be decorated in holiday fashion consistent with the time period of its construction.

Twillman House
11840 Bellefontaine Road  St. Louis, MO 631381 314-615-4386 Admission: Free
(We are having a giving tree; donations of a NEW scarf, gloves, socks or mittens to hang on our tree would be appreciated.)
Come visit Twillman House and see how it has been transformed from a country farm house to a community center. It is a historic town house built around the late 1800’s by John Henry Twillman built a fancy farmhouse on 374 acres in Spanish Lake (at Bellefontaine and Redman Roads). Three generations of this family lived in the home. In 1945 the house was sold. It then became the Meadowlark Restaurant and later the Old Homestead Restaurant. In 2005 the Spanish Lake Community Association purchased the house and renovated it to be the community center for Spanish Lake. We are currently using the house for community activities and private rental events.

White Haven
7400 Grant Road, St. Louis, MO 63123 314-842-1867
Admission: free


Connections Across Time
Can you trace the degrees of separation from Daniel Boone to Edward Bates, Pierre Laclede to Dred Scott, Samuel Hawken to Ulysses S. Grant, and Thomas Hart Benton to seven Saint Louis historic sites? Do you want to learn parlor games not to be attempted at home? Come travel through Saint Louis history and listen in as interpreters and costumed characters provide pieces of these puzzles.

African-American Sites
Tour sites that not only shaped the history of Saint Louis, but also the nation:
Benjamin Stephenson House
Blair Huse McAvoy Mansion
Field House Museum
Griot Museum of Black History
Hanley House
Historic Sappington House
Old Courthouse
Scott Joplin House
Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site

Civil War Sites
Take a trip through Civil War history at the following sites:
Blair Huse McAvoy Mansion
Field House Museum
Griot Museum of Black History
Hanley House
Hawken House
Mudd’s Grove
Old Courthouse
Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site

See the sites of the country when you travel to the following sites:
Benjamin Stephenson House
Daniel Boone Home
Gittimeier House
Hanley House
Historic Sappington House
Hawken House
Sutter-Meyer Farmhouse
Taille de Noyer Farm House
Tappmeyer Homestead
Thornhill Governor’s Mansion
Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site

Early American Sites
Explore some of the earliest settlements in the Saint Louis area when you visit these houses:
Benjamin Stephenson House
Daniel Boone Home
Historic Sappington House
Thornhill Governor’s Mansion
Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site
French Heritage Sites
Enjoy a trip in French history when you visit the following sites:
Blair-Huse McAvoy Mansion
Chatillon-DeMenil Mansion
Jarrot Mansion Project

Germanic Sites
Learn about Saint Louis’ German ties as you travel to these historic sites:
Field House Museum
Magic Chef Mansion
Tappmeyer Homestead

Wanting to stay close to one central location? Visit these clustered sites:
Cluster 1:
Gittimeier House
John B. Meyers House
Taille de Noyer House
Cluster 2:
Blair-Huse McAvoy Mansion
Campbell House Museum
Field House Museum
Old Courthouse
Scott Joplin House

Explore the sites of the “big city” when you visit these venues:
Blair-Huse McAvoy Mansion
Chatillon-DeMenil Mansion
Field House Museum
Griot Museum of Black History
Magic Chef Mansion
Old Courthouse

Victorian Sites
See high society at its best when you visit these historic sites:
Blair-Huse McAvoy Mansion
Campbell House Museum
Hawken House
Mudd’s Grove
Tappmeyer Homestead
Thornhill & Faust Park

Soldiers Memorial Grand Reopening Nov 3

Explore St Louis article on Soldiers memorial
November 3
The grand reopening will begin with a 9 am concert honoring veterans, followed by a formal ceremony at 10 am. Brigadier General Jeannie M. Leavitt, a St. Louis native and the US Air Force’s first female fighter pilot, will give the keynote address.
Discover the new exhibits and explore the revitalized Soldiers Memorial and Court of Honor after the ceremony. The first 5,000 visitors will receive commemorative pins.
November 5–7
Enjoy a special musical performance of All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914, performed by Mustard Seed Theatre. Experience the story of soldiers who defied their commanders with a night of peace on the battlefield. Performances will take place daily at 3pm and 7pm, and the exhibits will remain open until the show begins each evening. Reserve your tickets at
November 10
Start your day at the 3rd annual St. Patrick Center Veterans Day 5K, which raises awareness for veteran homelessness. Afterward, head to Soldiers Memorial at 10am for the 35th Annual Regional Veterans Day Observance, a ceremony honoring area veterans. Stick around for the 35th Annual Veterans Day Parade, which will begin at 12pm at Chestnut St. and Tucker Blvd. and pass by Soldiers Memorial.
November 11
The armistice that ended hostilities during World War I was signed on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. To commemorate the centennial of this important moment, join representatives of the American Legion 11th and 12th District for their annual veterans ceremony and wreath laying, starting at 10:55am.
For additional activities taking place between November 3 and 12, please visit
Help commemorate the grand reopening of the revitalized Soldiers Memorial Military Museum, beginning with a musical arrangement honoring veterans. A formal ceremony will follow, with remarks from veterans and civic leaders. After the ceremony, stay to explore the new exhibits and the renovated museum. This event is free and open to the public.

The first 5,000 visitors to Soldiers Memorial will receive commemorative pins. Additionally, the US Postal Service will conduct a stamp cancellation commemorating the grand reopening of Soldiers Memorial from 11am to 1pm.

Food trucks will be available from 8am to 2pm.

American Sign Language interpretation will be provided at this program.

1315 Chestnut St.
St. Louis, MO 63103

9am: Concert
10am: Formal opening ceremony
11am: Soldiers Memorial opens to the public
The grand reopening will begin at 9 a.m. with a concert honoring veterans, followed by a flag raising. The formal ceremony, featuring remarks from veterans and civic leaders, will begin at 10 a.m. American Sign Language interpretation will be provided.
Soldiers Memorial will open to the public at 11 a.m., and the first 5,000 visitors will receive commemorative pins. Additionally, the US Postal Service will conduct a stamp cancellation commemorating the grand reopening of Soldiers Memorial from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Food trucks will be available from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and there will be a flag lowering ceremony at 5 p.m.

Tour Zephaniah Sappington-John Dressel Home

The Sappington-Dressel Home: A Heritage Preserved”
October 13, 2018 – 9:00 a.m. till 3:00 p.m.
Tour/discussion – free to the public
Due to the great interest in this program, we are offering it again on a Saturday to accommodate our visitors.
Sappington-Dressel Home located at the Historic Daniel Boone Home at Lindenwood Park 1868 Highway F, Defiance, MO 63341

Sappington-Dressel Home located at the Historic Daniel Boone Home at Lindenwood Park
1868 Highway F, Defiance, MO 63341

The home was constructed sometime between 1804 and 1810 on what is now Gravois Road in South St. Louis County. Zephaniah Sappington was the oldest son of Sgt. John Sappington, a Revolutionary War hero from Maryland who, with his family, came to the Missouri Territory at the beginning of the 19th century.
Sgt. John Sappington also fought with Daniel Boone at the Battle of Blue Licks in Kentucky and served time as a trustee of Fort Boonesborough, the first permanent American settlement in Kentucky founded by the Boone family.

The Zephaniah Sappington home was “the next-door neighbor” to Whitehaven, the childhood home of Julia Dent and, after her marriage, the home of Julia and her husband, President Ulysses S. Grant.
The Zephaniah Sappington home was purchased by Henry Dressel in 1887 when Dressel’s son, John, was nine months old. John Dressel lived in the house for the next 100 years. John Dressel became a well-known civic leader in the Sappington area. Through his efforts, the Lindbergh School District was chartered in the home in 1949.

The home was at risk of being destroyed in late 1987, but public interest in preserving the house, spearheaded by Colonel Robert Pecoraro, Colonel Barney Combs and the Historic Daniel Boone Home staff saved it from demolition. This coming November marks the 31st. anniversary of the saving/dismantling of the Zephaniah Sappington/John Dressel Home.

Randall Andréa, the former director and operator of the Historic Daniel Boone Home, believed it would be an appropriate addition to the living history village being constructed at the Boone Home and carefully catalogued, dismantled and moved the building to the Defiance property for reconstruction. When Lindenwood University acquired the Daniel Boone Home and Boonesfield Village in 1998, it made completion of the Sappington-Dressel House one of its first priorities.

Lindenwood University dedicated the reconstructed Sappington-Dressel Home, a landmark home at a private ceremony on Saturday, October 21, 2000 at the Historic Daniel Boone Home and Boonesfield Village.
The Daniel Boone Home at Lindenwood Park is now a part of the St. Charles County Parks system.

Have you ever wanted to see the inside of the Zephaniah Sappington/John Dressel home and see how it was dismantled? Have you ever wanted to know about the history of this Historic home that was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980?

This program will be FREE to the public and you will be able to enter the home and view the display of photographs, pamphlets, newspaper articles and video of the dismantling. Meet Colonel Pecoraro and Colonel Combs as they discuss the process that went into the saving and dismantling of this historic home. The Sappington/Dressel Home is not often open to the public, so this will be an excellent opportunity to see this beautiful home on the inside.

The Historic Daniel Boone Home at Lindenwood Park
1868 Highway F
Defiance, MO 63341
Phone: (636) 798-2005

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Sunset Hills Historical Society - German Fest

The Sunset Hills Historical Society’s September 2018 event will be the German Fest, a celebration of the area’s German founding fathers, on Sunday, September 23, 2018. The music of the Joe Polach & the St. Louis Express Band will provide entertainment from 5:00 til 7:00 p.m. on the lawn in front of the on the lawn in front of the Sunset Hills Community Center, at 3915 S Lindbergh Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63127. You will see folks sitting in lawn chairs scattered around the lawn (unless it’s a hot evening; then they’ll be sitting in the shade 😊) and see and smell the barbecue smoke rising from the grill.

Food will be for sale, and furnished by members of Heartland Industries. Barbecued hamburgers, hotdogs, bratwurst and chips will be for sale at a nominal fee, with a portion of the proceeds going to this local nonprofit sheltered workshop.

And what German Fest would be complete without dessert? The Tikiz Shaved Ice and Ice Cream truck will be on site. They claim to bring ‘Sweets to the Streets’ with ‘The Coolest Truck on Earth’ and they accept credit cards and offer gluten-free items.

The St. Louis Express band specializes in ethnic music, especially polkas and waltzes, but also plays a variety of American standard songs, country, and rock n roll. So bring your dancing shoes, as well as your own lawn chair to rest up between dances.

Beer and wine will also be for sale, with a portion of these proceeds going to the Sunset Hills Historical Society.

Heartland Industries is located in nearby Green Park. It’s mission is to provide quality contract packaging business services to each customer. “We extend dignified employment opportunities to the intellectually challenged and to those with other disabilities. We operate in a businesslike manner within a safe and helpful environment for the benefit of all.”

We look forward to seeing you there Sunday!

Anne Jesse, Secretary
Sunset Hills Historical Society

Route 66 by Phil Denton - Monday, July 23

The July meeting of the Sunset Hills Historical Society will feature local Sunset Hills resident and Route 66 aficionado Phil Denton on Monday, July 23, 2018 at 7 PM at the Sunset Hills City Hall.

Denton has presented his Route 66 information to the Sunset Hills Historical Society before, but this updated presentation is entitled Route 66 in 2018: Ruins, Relics and Rejuvenation. It contains more than 400 images taken in the past few years.

“We have now driven all of Route 66 and this is an edited version of the thousands of photos taken over the past few years,” said Denton, a local attorney who actually has an office on old Route 66 in Crestwood. “The slide show will demonstrate an overview of what the 2018 Route 66 traveler sees and experiences.”

This program will be at the Sunset Hills City Hall, 3939 South Lindbergh Blvd. We look forward to seeing you there!

Anne Jesse, Secretary
Sunset Hills Historical Society

Ross Malone presents Missouri's Forgotten Heroes

The June meeting of the Sunset Hills Historical Society (SHHS) will feature award-winning Missouri author Ross Malone on Monday, June 25, 2018, at 7 PM at the Sunset Hills City Hall, 3939 South Lindbergh Blvd.

Malone has taught in Missouri for over thirty years, and since retiring has worked as a radio host, published more than a dozen books and is a featured speaker on radio and television stations. His column “Back in the Day” is featured in newspapers across the state. He writes about the people, places, and events around the state that should be well-known but aren’t.

He will focus this presentation on his book Missouri’s Forgotten Heroes, and will showcase his knowledge of Missouri history and unique trivia. Malone will be available after the presentation for book sales and signings of his books.

Please join us to gain a deeper appreciation for some fellow Missourians. See you then!

Archaeology of the Sappington, Concord, Sunset Hills, Meramec River area

The Sunset Hills Historical Society (SHHS) meeting on Monday evening, May 21, 2018, will be a program that will feature the archaeology of the Sappington/Sunset Hills area. Anthropologist Rachel Murphy Azzara has a degree in anthropology from Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville, and has worked in the field for the Illinois Department of Transportation. She has also been active in The Dig at the Sappington House in Crestwood, in conjunction with the Sappington-Concord Historical Society.

“Archaeology allows us to learn about the people before us and what they have left behind”, she said of her presentation. “It is like a mystery, finding clues that point us to how people lived their lives.”

Because this area of South St. Louis County is near the Meramec River, it is rich in Native American artifacts. She will also discuss arrowheads and other native ephemera, particularly what to do when you find something interesting.

We hope you can join us for this intriguing presentation at 7 p.m. on May 21 at the Sunset Hills City Hall, 3939 South Lindbergh Blvd. See you there!

Anne Jesse, Secretary
Sunset Hills Historical Society

Photos below are from the 2017 dig for high school students at Sappington House

Sappington House Craft Fair 2018

Sappington House Craft Fair 2018
April 28-29, 2018, 9:00-3:00

List of vendors and services

Creative Vendors:
1 Leaf Recreations
2 LH Enterprises & AOSM Creations
3 Hamlin Mosaics
4 Happy Fun Books
5 Caricatures to Go
6 Schaefer Ceramics
7 Papillon Perennials
8 Cathy’s Creative Glassworks
9 Cats in the Attic
10 Window to my World
11 One of a Kind Designs

13 JudeeDoo jewelry
14 Henley Antiques
15 Lass & Laddie

17 Craftgarden
18 Essie’s Sassy Soap
19 JWagBags
20 Beads Are Us
21 Pottery Creations by LRM
22 Puppet Pets
23 Honey Locust Hills
24 VanCardo Fishing Flies
25 Renewal by Andersen Windows

Folkways Artisans:
26 Baskets by Laura
27 Almost Amish
28 Missouri Nutcracker

Household Arts in Library of Americana:
29 Genealogy with MO State Society of DAR
30 Rug Hooking with Nola
31 Quilling with Suki
32 Quilting with Homemakers

Information & Services:

33 Authors and their Books

34 “Young ‘uns Outpost”

35 Loft Gift Shop
36 Eats at Barn restaurant

37 Sappington House Raffle
38 Old~timey Music

39 Complimentary Historic Sappington Museum 1st-floor tours
40 Flower & Herb Garden Tours (inquire in Museum)

41 S & S Farm

The Dig at Sappington House - 2018

The dig at sappington HouseStudents: application for the dig is still open
Students interested in applying should contact SCHS President, Stephen Hanpeter at 314-918-1617, or, or Sappington House Resident Manager Sally Cakouros at 314-822-8171. Make inquiries and apply by Tuesday, May 8.

The student experience

The high school student archaeological dig at Sappington House is an experience of fun, challenge and learning. The students meet archaeology as both an art, and a science. They get hands-on with archaeology, its ways and its thinking. The students work under the guidance of professional archaeologists from the Archaeological Research Center of St. Louis (ARC).

The benefits

The students get a true overview of the field of archaeology, how it is done and why. They get a feel for the work-a-day life. Their time in this service learning program can count toward service hours and it is a valuable learning experience. It may be of benefit in applying to college.

The artifacts unearthed

The artifacts that the students find go into the permanent collection of the Sappington House Museum, along with the documentation that the students create. The artifacts are analyzed and cataloged by the professional archaeologists at ARC. The artifacts capture evidence of daily life in the past and supplement written, historical records. They provide information that historical documents can not. The students are doing real, historical research. The artifacts they unearth help to preserve permanently the history of the Sappington and Concord areas for posterity.

The teachers and archaeologists

The students work under and are guided by both high school teachers and professional archaeologists. The professional archaeologists are experienced in working with students in service learning projects. The teachers may be from the same school as the student, or another high school in the area.

The ideal students
The ideal students for the program are sophomores and juniors, as they can provide their own transportation daily to the Sappington House. A special interest in history or archaeology is a plus, but even more important is an openness to a new experience, probably fairly different from previous experiences had by many students. Students should be recommended by a teacher in their school who feels the student would benefit from the experience. The atmosphere of the dig is causal and fun, but there are some expectations, such as keeping a journal. Also, one or two students are sought to chronicle the dig in writing, photos and video. They would not have hands on in the excavation, but hands on with cameras, microphones and computers.

Additional research

Students may pursue additional research related to the dig, or to the Sappington House, or to the Sappington families. The research may be supervised by one of the dig teachers, or a teacher at the student’s school. The supervision is determined by availability of teachers. Student research findings may be presented at the fall student presentation event which is optional for the students. The event is intended to put a wrap on the student’s experience.
Program is free, no fees
The program is almost completely funded by the AIA. The cost to the student and family is zero. There are no student fees. Funding is through a combination of donations, grants, and the respective organizations’ members, as well as contributions from the general public.

Dates and hours

The dates for the 2018 dig at Sappington House are from Thursday, May 31 to Saturday, June 16. The dig week runs from Tuesday to Saturday, no dig on Sundays or Mondays. The student hours are daily 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. They bring their own lunch. Students dress appropriately for summer work with sturdy shoes that cover the feet and bring work gloves. Attendance for the full 13 days is best, but exceptions can be made for scheduling challenges.

The program sponsors
Archaeological Institute of America (AIA St. Louis Society)
Sappington-Concord Historical Society (SCHS)
Historic Sappington House
City of Crestwood, Department of Parks and Recreation

To apply
Students interested in applying should contact SCHS President, Stephen Hanpeter at 314-918-1617, or, or Sappington House Resident Manager Sally Cakouros at 314-822-8171. Application for the dig is still open

Earth Day Celebration at Sunset Hills

Earth Day Festival at Sunset Hills
Saturday, April 14th – 9:30am-1:00pm
Sunset Hills Community Center 3915 S. Lindbergh

The Sunset Hills Earth Day Event is Saturday, April 14. Stop by for a Meet and Greet with fellow members of the Historical Society.

Copies of the Sunset Hills history book will be available free to current members. Share a story about Sunset Hills (that’s not already in the history book) and you win a free history book! Or just elaborate on one of the stories in the book, and you still win one!

Kids can trace a picture of historic spots in Sunset Hills and take their tracings home with them. We will have handouts about a speaker series on historic St. Louis environmental issues/events.

Recycling Activities
• Aluminum Cans
• Batteries
• Bikes
• Clothing
• Electronics (up to $50 for TV’s & monitors)
• Paper Shredding
*Gas, Paint, Oil and any Herbicide will NOT be accepted for recycling

Kids Zone
• Face painting, Balloon Artist and Bounce House

• Free Hot Dogs (while supplies last)

The Wahlig Dairy Farm by Tim Wahlig - March 26

Monday, March 26, 2018

The Sunset Hills Historical Society (SHHS) will offer a heritage program that will feature Tim Wahlig, whose family belongs to a select group of founding fathers.

The meeting is open to the public on Monday, March 26, 2018 at 7 PM at the Sunset Hills City Hall.

“What an honor to be among the few families who have had a continued presence in Sunset Hills for more than 150 years,” said Tim Wahlig. “We have records of German ancestors settling in this area from 1840.” While Gustav and his brother George were born in Missouri in the early 1860’s, their father Philip and grandfather Franz,came to St. Louis from Germany, arriving in 1840 by way of the port of New Orleans. They eventually settled on property on what is today West Watson Road. They owned the Wahlig Dairy Farm, as well as a neighboring Cattle Stock Farm. They joined a large group of German immigrants who farmed and prospered in this area.

During his research Tim Wahlig discovered documents of his ancestors who were in the Civil War, were founders of Rott School, as well as founders of the local Catholic Churches.

This will be a fun evening for anyone interested in genealogy, ancestry, and reminiscing about local history. This program of the Sunset Hills Historical Society will be at the:

Sunset Hills City Hall located at 3939 South Lindbergh Blvd.; St. Louis, MO 63127.

Mark your calendars for upcoming SHHS programs:

April 14 – Earth Day Festival in Sunset Hills

May 21 – Rachel Azzara: Sappington House Dig and Meramec River archaeology

June 25 – Ross Malone, author and Missouri historian, will include book-signing and sales

July 23 – Phil Denton – Route 66

Sunset Hills Historical Society - Feb 26 - Larry Franke

Monday, February 26 at 7 PM

Sunset Hills City Hall, 3939 Lindbergh Boulevard

The Sunset Hills Historical Society invites the public to a program that will feature Larry Franke from St. Louis County Library’s Department of History and Genealogy. As a Reference Librarian at the Headquarters of the St. Louis County Library, Franke has become an expert on research, ancestor resources, and the process of finding one’s ancestors. He will demonstrate the process of researching and enumerate the resources available at the County Library and elsewhere. It will be really helpful information to know!

50 Years of Blues Hockey History - Jan 31

Sunset Hills & Sappington Concord Historical Societies Together Present an Evening with Dan O’Neill, Sports Writer and Author of When the Blues Go Marching In

Sunset Hills, MO – December 1, 2017— In a first-time partnership of the Sunset Hills Historical Society (SHHS) and the Sappington Concord Historical Society (SCHS), the public is invited to a program that will feature long-time sports columnist and feature writer at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Dan O’Neill, on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at 7 PM at the Sunset Hills Community Center.
When a fire struck the south city warehouse location of Reedy Press, many books by local authors perished. While O’Neill’s books are still available at local bookstores and Amazon, this January program is being presented jointly by SHHS and SCHS to focus on St. Louis history while assisting a locally owned company and publisher.
This joint program of the Sunset Hills and Sappington Concord Historical Societies will be at the Sunset Hills Community Center located behind the Sunset Hills City Hall at 3939 South Lindbergh Blvd.; St. Louis, MO 63127.

Sunset Hill Historical Society 2018 event schedule

January 31 – Presentation by Dan O’Neill about 50 years of St. Louis Blues history

February 26 – Larry Franke from St. Louis County Library about genealogy research

March 26 – Tim Wahlig about Wahlig Dairy

April 14Earth Day Festival at Sunset Hills

May 21 – Rachel Azzara about Sappington House Dig and Meramec River archaeology

June 25 – Ross Malone presents Missouri’s Forgotten Heroes

July 23 – Phil Denton on Route 66

August – Summer Break

September 23German Fest

October 22– Mark Colombo

November – Administrative Meeting

December – Holiday Break

When the Blues Go Marching In - Jan 31

January 31, 2018, Wednesday at 7:00 pm presentation and book signing at the…

Venue - Sunset Hills Community Center

Venue – Sunset Hills Community Center

...Sunset Hills Community Center, “When the Blues Go Marching In: An Illustrated Timeline of St. Louis Blues Hockey” by Dan O’Neill, long-time sports columnist and feature writer at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Sunset Hills Community Center located behind the Sunset Hills City Hall at 3939 South Lindbergh Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63127. Bring your hockey fan friends and your kids.

This program may be of interest to kids, especially hockey and sports fans. Please bring your kids and grandkids!

"When the Blues Go Marching In: An Illustrated Timeline of St. Louis Blues Hockey" by Dan O'Neill

Front cover of book, “When the Blues Go Marching In: An Illustrated Timeline of St. Louis Blues Hockey” by Dan O’Neill

Sunset Hills Historical Society and Sappington-Concord Historical Society together are jointly sponsoring the presentation and book signing.

See the Sunset Hills Historical Society Facebook group

See the Facebook page for Sappington-Concord Historical Society


“When the Blues Go Marching In” on the web

Description of the book from

From humble beginnings, there always has been something special about this hockey franchise and its connection to St. Louis, something about the Note on the sweater, the names who have worn it and the narrative they have created … something that has resonated over 50 years. If you were there at the start, you still feel it, the organ thumping, the building trembling, the passion exploding. You can see men and women, dressed to the nines, dancing in the aisles. You can picture Saturday nights at The Arena, when a new religion took hold, when the St. Louis Blues came marching In. It was the start of a romance that never fades, a love affair embraces sports fans in this Midwestern town and never lets go. Those first nights have been decorated in so many nights since, so many memories, so many hearts that bleed blue. You can still feel it, 50 years later, covered in vintage jerseys and ”Towel Man” tosses. It still reverberates. When the Blues Go Marching In: An Illustrated Timeline of St. Louis Blues Hockey captures that magic – the color, the characters and the excitement. It takes you through the first 50 years of the St. Louis Blues, through those early expansion-team nights, though dramatic ups and downs, through the on-going quest to capture an elusive Stanley Cup Championship. The Blues have been much more than a piece of the St. Louis landscape. From the outset, they have been equal partners in the city’s soul, an extension of its hard-working personality. They have left an indelible cultural imprint, an ever-lasting impression that is captured in the images and stories on these pages. When the Blues Go Marching In is a book St. Louis sports fans will cherish for years to come.

St Louis Public Radio interview of Dan Dan O’Neill in October, 2017

See December 1, 2017 article about the book in the South County Times

The photos in slide show below are from: 50 most outstanding players in St Louis Blues history



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"When the Blues Go Marching In" by Dan O'Neill

“When the Blues Go Marching In” by Dan O’Neill





LHS Mothers Club Holiday House Tour

LHS Mothers Club Holiday House Tour

Lindbergh High School Mothers Club House Tour
Sunday, December 8, 2013
See more about the house tour
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St Johns cemetery

St Johns cemetery.

Friday, November 1, at 6:30 pm and 7:30 pm
Twilight Tour of Old St. Johns Cemetery

Encore Twilight Tour of Old St. Johns Cemetery. The public is invited to “meet” some of the early members of St. Johns Evangelical United Church of Christ located at Lindbergh & Highway 55. See for more info. Bring your flashlights and dress for comfort. Our guides will lead you on a tour of Old St. Johns Cemetery and share stories from the past. Friday, November 1, at 6:30 pm, second tour at 7:30 pm. Meet at the flagpole in front of the church.



Sappington House as seen from the walkway to The Barn restaurant and gift shop.

Sunday, October 13, 2013 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Thomas Sappington House 205th anniversary celebration
Thomas Sappington House
1015 S. Sappington Rd.
Crestwood, MO 63126 Get Directions

See description of the anniversary celebration in the South County Times. Sunday, October 13, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Free and open to the public.

See video about the Sappington House made by KETC for the 200th anniversary of the house.

schs green book photo bar graphic combo 


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