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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

International Archaeology Day - Oct 21

International Archaeology Day at Sappington House
Saturday, October 21, 10 am – 2 pm   Free!

Schedule of attractions
On the grounds,
11:15 – 12 noon, Lindbergh middle school Fiddlers in colonial costume

In the library
10:30 am, Perry Whitaker, Mississippi River Paddler, tells his experiences of finding Native-American artifacts as he canoes the waterways
12:00 noon, Poetry readings  from 1808 America by Mike Bickel and Brenda Thacker
12:30-12:45 pm,  Anne Williams recitation of Edgar Allan Poe
1:00 pm, Rachel Murphy Azzara, “The Dig at Sappington House, 2016-2017”

Activities ongoing, 10 am – 2 pm
Tomahawk thrower – learn how to throw a tomahawk
Musket shooter – learn how to shoot a musket
Paul and Ginny Branson – artifacts display
“Young’uns Outpost” – kids dress in costume for passport photos and then do craft activities, including tombstone rubbings at nearby Father Dickson Cemetery
Kiddie dig – hands-on artifact discovery with guidebook
Folkway artisans – demonstrations of old-time skills and crafts
• Baskets by Laura
• J & R Pashia Apiaries
• Rock Island Trading Post
Complimentary Museum tours – see the interior of Historic Sappington House

Historic Sappington House, 1015 S. Sappington Road, St. Louis, MO 63126

Free parking across the street at Crestwood Elementary and in the overflow lot off Reco Avenue

Sponsored by…
Co-sponsored by American Archaeological Institute of America (AIA St. Louis Society), Sappington-Concord Historical Society, and Historic Sappington House along with the City of Crestwood Department of Parks and Recreation

For more information, phone 314-822-8171

Photos from the June 2017 dig at Sappington House

More photos from June 2017

See 38 more photos of the 2017 dig by clicking on the link.

Saga of Historic Sappington House

Yesterday ~ an Elegant Frontier Home

The story begins with John Sappington who served in the American Revolutionary War as General George Washington’s bodyguard at Valley Forge in 1778. While on furlough in Maryland, he married Jemima Fowler soon moving to what is now West Virginia. Later in Kentucky, Daniel Boone encouraged John to go West to Missouri with Jemima, their 17 children and 40 families to settle the wilderness. In 1805, he purchased a Spanish land grant and other lands that measured three-miles long and one-mile wide (approximately from Big Bend to Lindbergh Boulevard).

As each son married, John gave him a tract of 200 acres, and on October 27, 1808, second son Thomas married Mary Ann Kinkead. They moved into the newly built Sappington House, now located at 1015 S. Sappington Road in St. Louis 63126, but then a part of Louisiana Territory. His and Mary Ann’s was the first registered marriage license in St. Louis County. Thomas was a farmer, a first lieutenant in the War of 1812 and later a justice of the peace.

Their daughter Lucinda married Granville O. Eades. One of Lucinda’s five daughters, another Mary Ann, married Christopher Hawken of the Hawken rifle manufacturing family, and she was the mistress of nearby Hawken House built about 1855. After Thomas’ first wife Mary Ann died, Thomas aged 60 years married Elizabeth Houser, and together they had four children: Therese, Fountain, Marshall and Washington. Marshall lived in the Sappington home through the Civil War until 1877. Many Sappingtons are buried in the family cemetery on Watson Road.

Afterwards, the Roses, Wingates, Nickels and Picrauxs resided at Sappington House before it was vacated, and subsequently purchased by the City of Crestwood. Civic leaders, historians, architects and the Sappington family were instrumental in bringing about the total restoration completed in 1966. The Thomas Sappington House Museum volunteers greeted over 1,600 friends and neighbors during its first few weeks open, inviting them to relive early 19th century St. Louis history. And in 2016, we celebrated its 50th anniversary with a re-enactment of Thomas’ and Mary Ann’s wedding ceremony heralded by a cannon blast.

House Construction:

Sappington House was built in 1808 by slave labor during Thomas Jefferson’s presidency. The floor plan is of the Federal style, popular on the East coast between 1780 and 1830. This house has two rooms down and two upstairs with symmetrical features, doors and windows across from each other. Because Historic Sappington House has not been relocated, the foundation of fieldstone with lime mortar is unchanged as are the architectural features listed below.

No nails were used; only wooden pegs hold the framework together. The roof is wooden shingles.

Antique, wavy glass from Ste. Genevieve and St. Charles replaced broken window panes.

At a time when most houses were clap-board or more commonly log cabins with dirt floors, Sappington House was built with brick made from Missouri clay and river sand. Facing the road, the bricks are laid in a pleasing pattern of the more decorative Flemish bond rather than the plainer English bond on the back of the house.

The home’s woodwork is a masterpiece of artisanship, especially the living room mantel which is a country interpretation of the iconic oval design favored by the Adams Brothers, Scottish architects. Under the stairway, graceful Prussian green scrollwork is on display.

The upstairs wood floors are original and thus are 209-years-old. The fireplace in the child’s bedroom still has the hexagon-shaped hearth stones that were reproduced in the other four fireplaces.

Closets and built-in cabinets denote the richness of the home since interior spaces with three walls and a door were taxed by the government at that time.

The kitchen was added about 1818, perhaps after an especially cold winter when meals from the separate summer kitchen could not be served warm.

All these structural characteristics are still visible and enhance the beauty and historical significance of the house.

Today ~ an Exceptional Historic Museum

At Historic Sappington House, the Thomas Sappington House Museum is a National Historic Landmark tucked away in a 2.5- acre park, featuring lush lawns and a small lake with a fountain. A stunning and rare example of Federal architecture in Missouri, the historic structure, and flower and herb gardens appear as they did over 200 years ago. It is judged to be the oldest brick home in St. Louis County. Meticulously restored and elegantly refurbished by Mrs. Carolyn McDonnell of the McDonnel aeronautical family, the site allows visitors to look back in time to see how the Sappington family lived in the early 1800’s.

Furnishings: From floors to walls to ceilings, volunteer docents weave stories of everyday life through the historic objects in the Museum. Here is a sampling.

• Textiles: 1825 hand-loomed reversible carpet and English chintz drapes

• Antique Furniture: Prized cherry sugar chest and a John and Thomas Seymour’s sideboard with biscuit top legs

• Art: Theorem painting and a memorial artwork showing a weeping willow stitched with human hair

• Books: Family Bible and adult Lucinda Sappington Eades’ prayer book listing the birth and death dates of the enslaved people who worked at her house

• Cultural Artifacts: Courting candle and a courting mirror

• Household Utensils: Walnut burl bowl and a broom made from a yellow birch sapling thinly stripped up and down and finally tied off near the bottom with hemp rope, both production skills likely learned from the Osage Native-Americans

• Clocks: Mahogany Seth Thomas pillar and scroll clock with wooden works to a Willard eight-day banjo clock

• Luxury Furnishings: Apothecary chest circa 1820 and Chippendale mirrors

• Metalwork and Silver: Coin silverware and a set of French pewter metric measuring cups

• Necessities: Chamber pot and the outhouse

• Needlework: Many quilts and a sampler made by ten-year-old Silvia Dale in 1808

• Pottery and Porcelain: Wedgewood and the Staffordshire soup plates depicting the U.S. Capital building before the British burned it during the War of 1812

• Toys: Papier-mache doll and a jack straws game

At Sappington House, these and many other functional and beautiful things can be found that tell us what their lives were like over 200 years ago.

Historic Sappington House also includes the nationally-recognized Library of Americana and Decorative Arts, where one can study or casually browse through the collections of U.S. and Missouri histories, genealogy and extensive research books that Mrs. McDonnell accessed to refurnish what was a mansion in its day.

Embodying the true spirit of hospitality, The Barn restaurant’s motto is that delicious food and caring friends are good for the soul. Barn customers can choose from a mouthwatering array of freshly prepared farm-to-table breakfasts all day, lunches, and hand-crafted pastries/baked desserts. Dinner is served Thursday through Saturday evenings, and catering for special events is available.

Above The Barn, the Loft Gift Shop, chosen by Riverfront Times readers as Best St. Louis Gift Shop, offers “Rustic Chic” items for your lifestyle and garden. Proceeds from shop sales benefit non-profit Historic Sappington House. Each location: the Sappington House Museum, the Library of Americana and Decorative Arts, and the Loft Gift Shop are staffed by volunteer assistants.

Located near the Interstates-44 and -270 intersection, we are less than 20 minutes from the Gateway Arch. For added interest, Historic Sappington House is adjacent to Grant’s Trail and Father Dickson Cemetery, a burial ground founded in 1903 for African-Americans.

Whether it is natural beauty or a historical/cultural experience or chic shopping or delectable dining that you crave, you will enjoy visiting Sappington House, a welcoming destination for special events, tours, and school field trips. For a preview, stroll around
And then come visit Sappington House by car, bus, or bicycle and enjoy your stay!

Tomorrow ~ an Enduring Heritage, Ours to Preserve

Some of the same things that make Historic Sappington House a landmark also present challenges for ongoing preservation. The regulations of the National Registry of Historic Places require that no gutter system can be installed, thus when it rains, water pours down the soft brick exterior. And because the wetness does not drain away from the foundation, the problems are compounded. Moisture seeps into the thick walls, trapping it and causing interior finishes to mold and deteriorate, but also resulting in wall cracks suggestive of possible extensive structural damage.

Your contribution will support urgently needed improvement projects:
• $8,000 Repair plaster and paint interior
• $2,500 Remove plaster and inspect southeast corner of parlor and master bedroom walls
• $1,000 Repoint eroded joints around west door
• $400 Monitor cracks to gauge interior integrity

Consider becoming a vital part of the special experience that is non-profit Sappington House. Without members, volunteers and donors, Historic Sappington House could never accomplish its mission of preserving the past by inspiring generations to discover and truly appreciate their own and the community’s heritage.

Grant's View library genealogical programs - Fall 2017

Finding Immigrant Ancestors
August 21
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Grant’s View Branch
Explore naturalization and Immigration records in the Ancestry Library Edition and Find My Past databases and discover the numerous print and online resources available for immigrant research. To take this class, you should already know how to use a computer and search the internet. Adults. Registration required. Computer Lab.

Identifying Ancestral Military Veterans
August 26
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Grant’s View Branch
Explore strategies for conducting military research in the Fold3 and Ancestry Library Edition databases and in print and online resources. To take this class, you should already know how to use a computer and search the internet. Adults. Registration required. Computer Lab.

Identifying Ancestral Military Veterans
September 25
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Grant’s View Branch
Explore strategies for conducting military research in the Fold3 and Ancestry Library Edition databases and in print and online resources. To take this class, you should already know how to use a computer and search the internet.
Adults. Registration required. Computer Lab.

History and Genealogy in Newspaper Databases
October 23
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Grant’s View Branch
Newspaper databases make it easy to access millions of articles electronically, and they can be used at home with a valid St. Louis County Library card. Databases covered in this class will include 19th-Century U. S. Newspapers, NewspaperArchive, and current and historical St. Louis Post-Dispatch databases. To take this class, you should already know how to use a computer and search the Internet.

Grant's View library history programs - Fall 2017

Solar Eclipse Watch Party
Monday, August 21
12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Grant’s View Branch
The solar eclipse will be visible in the St. Louis area. Don’t miss this opportunity to view it safely. Eclipse glasses will be provided while supplies last.
An historic event!

Wednesday, September 27, 7:00 p.m.
“100 Things to Do in America Before You Die”
Travel writer and KTRS radio personality, Bill Clevlen presents his fun guide to understanding the complex fabric of the United States and the people that call it home. From sipping on southern sweet tea to standing where the Wright Brothers tested their first “flying machine,” each experience makes up an important piece of our American story. You’ll find an enlightening mix of history, entertainment, art, food, and sports. Mountains, museums, fried chicken, small towns, and yes, even the world’s tallest mailbox—they all await you.
Adults. Meeting Room 1.

Monday, October 16, 7:00 p.m.
Costume Parade
Explore the costumes of The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis in a parade of their archives’ unique collection.
Teen and Adults.

Friday, October 20, 2017  2:00 p.m.
“The St. Louis Crime Story”
Presented by Missouri History Museum, Adam Kloppe, public historian.
St. Louis is full of exciting stories and colorful characters on both sides of the law. Join us as public historian Adam Kloppe takes you back in time to the St. Louis Underworld.
Adults. Meeting Room 1.

Wednesday, November 8, 2:00 p.m.
“The Art of King Tut’s Mask”
Presented in conjunction with the St. Louis Science Center’s “The Discovery of King Tut” exhibit. Join us as we discuss the death mask of Tut with Art Historian Lindsey Schifko, MA. We’ll examine its form, function, and the challenge of its removal from its mummy.
Adults and Teens. Registration required.  Meeting Room 1.
The presentation is by local art historian Lindsey Schifko, who specializes in Egypt art. The presentation would be hour long with Q & A.

Thursday, November 16, 6:30 p.m.
“Walking Where They Walked: Searching for Native Americans in the St. Louis Landscape.” Librarian Emily Jaycox uses maps and images from Missouri History Museum’s collections to investigate some places in the St. Louis area that have known connections to American Indians, from the mound builders to the fur trade and beyond.
Presenter: Emily Jaycox from the Missouri History Museum

Events at US Grant Historic Site - Summer to Fall 2017

US Grant National Historic Site, Visitor Center

US Grant National Historic Site, Visitor Center

Events – US Grant Historic Site
Call 314-842-1867 ext. 230 to make required reservations.

Throw-Back Thursday: History Programs for Children
Every Thursday Weekly from 06/01/2017 to 08/03/2017 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site will offer free hands-on history programs for children and their families on Thursday mornings in the summer. Programs will be offered June 1 – August 3 from 10 – 11:30 am. Children will be engaged in a variety of activities related to the people who lived at White Haven in the 19th century or to the National Park Service. Program topics will vary each week. Activities are most appropriate for ages 6 and up, but younger siblings will certainly find something fun to do as well. Reservations are recommended and may be made by calling 314-842-1867 ext. 230.

Saturday, August 12 9 am
Bike Through History
A Ranger-led Historic Bike Tour on
Grant’s Trail (4 Miles Round Trip)
Reservations required.

Friday, August 18 7-8 pm
Melodies at White Haven
Soulard Blues Band 
No reservations required

Saturday, September 9 9 am—4 pm
Sunday, September 10 9 am—4 pm
Civil War Living History Weekend

No reservations required

Saturday, September 23 10 am
Author Lecture: American Ulysses by 
Ron White, Fellow at Huntington Library
Reservations required.

Saturday, October 7 10 am
John Y. Simon Day—Annual Grant Lecture
 by Kate Masur, Northwestern University
Reservations required.

Friday, October 13  (2 pm & 7 pm)
Saturday, October 14 (10 am & 1 pm)

President and Dolly Madison
 by Bryan Austin and Whitney Thornberry-Austin.
Reservations required.

Saturday, October 28 10 am, 12:30 pm, 2 pm, 4:30 pm
Grant and Twain: A Theatrical Performance
Reservations required.

US Grant National Historic Site, White Haven.

Call 314-842-1867 ext. 230 to make required reservations.

Events at
 Sappington House - Fall 2017


Sappington House, Crestwood

Sappington House, Crestwood

Smithsonian Museum Day Live!
September 23, 2017, Saturday 10 am-2 pm. Go to Smithsonian magazine website for free tickets to visit Sappington House.

Day Trip to One-Room School Houses
September 29, 2017, Friday Bus transportation and lunch.
9 am to 4:30 pm

International Archaeology Day
October 21, 2017, Saturday 10 am-2 pm. See artifacts unearthed from Sappington House’s summer kitchen and cistern. Learn about early American historic archaeology in St. Louis. Hear the 12 noon performance of dramatic poetry and prose popular in 1810!

Spirits of Sappington House Tour
October 20 Friday and October 21, 2017, Saturday 6:30-8:30 pm both days. This was a very popular event last year. This year, hear NEW messages from costumed ghosts in Sappington House’s past. Bonfire with hot cider, s’mores and appearance by the macabre 18th century surgeon, John Murphy. $5 for adults, $2 for children under 12.

Trivia Night with Johnny Rabbitt!
November 3, 2017 Friday 7 pm
$20 per person or table of 8 $140, Crestwood Community Center.

Student Archaeological Dig Presentations
November 12, 2017, Sunday 1:30 pm at US Grant National Historic Site. Hear high school students report their experiences, finds, research. Reception follows. See artifacts found in the dig.

Annual Nite of Lights – Honor Glow
December 3, 2017, Sunday 5-8 pm. 
See 620 Combat Support Battalion, Crestwood fire truck, bonfires and Santa Claus.  Walk along Grant’s Trail lit with luminaries supporting our military through the efforts of USA Cares. Donate $10 to honor your serviceperson with a luminary. Contact or by Nov. 28.

Day Trip to Quaint Christmas Churches
December 15, 2017, Friday 10 am-8 pm. 
By motor coach, travel to country churches decorated for the joyous season. Enjoy a home-style meal, visit a unique museum and shop for hand-made crafts, wine and fine meats. Cost $60; Call Crestwood Community Center at 314-729-4860.

On-going at the Barn Restaurant in the Sappington House park

The Barn restaurant at Sappington House

The Barn restaurant at Sappington House

The Barn Now Serving Dinner
Thursday, Friday and Saturday 5-9 pm
From $12 to $22.
Reservation recommended
Carryout available; Call 314-966-8387
1015 S. Sappington Road
Crestwood, Missouri 63126
Museum 314-822-8171
Restaurant 314-966-8387
Gift shop 314-984-5007

Country Craft Festival - Historic Sappington House Park.

Country Craft Festival. At Historic Sappington House Park.

Thomas Sappington House rear garden.

Thomas Sappington House park is an escape from urban concrete to a refreshing green retreat. Sappington House, located at 1015 S. Sappington Road 63126, is sponsoring an outdoor Summertime Country Craft Festival including talented vendors as well as folkways artisans on Saturday and Sunday, July 22, and 23, 2017, daily from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.




Creative Vendors: The festival features arts and crafts, garden and home décor, jewelry and things that resist categorizing – originals handmade by creative vendors.
1 Robert E. Lee, Jr. Birdhouses
2 One Eye Blind Woodworks
3 Bloomin’ Glass
4 Weld Made Art Works & Cats in the Attic – Weld On the web – Cats – On the web
5 Leaf Recreations – On the web
6 LH Enterprises & AOSM Creations – OASM on the web 
7 Pat Calhoun Crafts
8 Crafty Cork Creations
9 Bruce Toulmin Images
10 Metal Mania
11 JudeeDoo – On the web
12 Honey Locust Hills
13 Puppet Pets – On the web
14 Essie’s Sassy Soap – On the web
15 Works of Nature – On the web
16 Designs by Judy
17 Amy’s Bead Design & Two Friends – Amy on the web
18 JWagbags –
19 Gracelynn’s Clay Flowers – On the web

See photos of the vendors showing their wares.

See photos of some of the wide array of wares available at the craft festival.

See photos of kids enjoying the festival in so many ways.


See photos folkways demonstrations and other contributors to the festival.

See photos of some of the authors presenting their work at the festival.

The Library of Americana and Decorative Arts, located behind the Sappington House.

The Library of Americana and Decorative Arts, located behind the Sappington House.

Information, Services, Experiences: In the Library of Americana and Decorative Arts, an air conditioned retreat from the heat:
20 Needle workers
21 St. Louis County Library – Genealogist will be on hand to assist visitors with family tree basics
22 Silhouette artists – to create heirloom memories for kids of any age
23 Weavers’ Guild of St. Louis – kumi himo, spinning, knitting
24 Missouri State Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution – On the web
25 “Young’un Outpost” – activities program for children – Dress up for your Passport photo and then do craft activities, may include tombstone rubbings from Father Dickson Cemetery. Animals to Pet (see below)
26 Father Dickson Cemetery – an African-American cemetery founded in 1903.
44 Grant’s Trail – part of Great Rivers Greenway near the intersection of I-44 and I-270. Come to the fair by bike
27 Sappington House raffle
28 Old~timey music

10 am – Slim Pickin’s ~ Lindell Blackford, Alyssa Catlin & Roy Farwell (banjo, fiddle & guitar)
12:30 pm – Teresa Moore, mountain dulcimer
1:30 pm – Melissa Seal, guitar

11 am – James Zipfel, violin
12:30 pm – Teresa Moore, mountain dulcimer
1:30 pm – Steve Bise, harmonica, guitar

29 Authors and their books

Rebekah Haas – “Scarlet City” – On the web
Sharon Person – “St. Louis Rising: The French Regime of Louis St. Ange de Belleriv,” and “Standing Up for Indians”

Greg Wolk – “Friend and Foe Alike; A Tour Guide to Missouri’s Civil War”

Jim Merkel – “The Colorful Characters of St Louis”

Diane Rademacher – “Famous Firsts of St Louis” and “Still Shining Discovering! Lost Treasures from the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair”

Craig Nprtpn – “Endangered Animals to Color” – On the web

Fran Hamilton – Associate Director of The Grannie Annie Family Story Celebration  – with book “Echoes from World War II: Young Writers Sharing Family Stories” – On the web

35 S & S Farm Zoo – There will be animals for kids to pet – canceled due to the heat
36 Crestwood Pet Adoption

Historic Sappington House:
30 Complimentary tours of the Sappington House museum first-floor
31 Flower & Herb Garden tours (inquire in Museum)
32 Loft Gift Shop above the Barn Restaurant
33 Eats at Barn restaurant
34 Chillin’ Café – bottled  water, watermelon, sno-cones

Folkways Artisans: Old-time demonstrators will be on hand showing skills such as basket weaving, pewter spoon pouring, twining rag rugs and more.
37 Baskets by Laura – On the web
38 Herbs ‘n’ Handspun
39 Ron Stellhorn – flax
40 Tallow Hill Trading Post
41 J & R Pashia Apiaries
42 Almost Amish
43 Main Street Pottery – On the web

The Library of Americana and Decorative Arts at Sappington House

The Barn Restaurant at Sappington House

Come to experience summer in South County style. Make it an outing. Bring your friends, family, kids and grandkids. Make it a time of cherished memory. No virtual reality here. You have to feel it yourself, in person, up close and personal.




In the Good, Old Summer Time

Do you know this old song? Lyrics

See on YouTube

In the good old summertime, in the good old summertime
Strolling through the shady lane with your baby mine
You hold her hand and she holds yours and that’s a very good sign
That she’s your tootsie wootsie in the good old summertime.

(In the good old summertime, in the good old summertime
Strolling through the shady lane with your baby mine
You hold her hand and she holds yours and that’s a very good sign
That she’s your tootsie wootsie in the good old summertime.)

In the good old summertime, in the good old summertime
Strolling through the shady lane with your baby mine
You hold her hand and she holds yours and that’s a very good sign
That she’s your tootsie wootsie in the good old summertime…

Wikipedia says

“In the Good Old Summer Time” is an American Tin Pan Alley song first published in 1902 with music by George Evans and lyrics by Ren Shields.

Summertime by George Gershwinlyrics
Sung by Ella Fitzgerald in 1968 – See on YouTube

And the livin’ is easy
Fish are jumpin’
And the cotton is high

Oh, Your daddy’s rich
And your mamma’s good lookin’
So hush little baby
Don’t you cry

One of these mornings
You’re going to rise up singing
Then you’ll spread your wings
And you’ll take to the sky

But until that morning
There’s a’nothing can harm you
With your daddy and mammy standing by

And the livin’ is easy
Fish are jumpin’
And the cotton is high

Your daddy’s rich
And your mamma’s good lookin’
So hush little baby
Don’t you cry

Big band concert and ice cream - Saturday June 24

by Gateway City Big Band

What a way to spend a summer evening!
At Sappington House, in the park. Romance the summer. Dappled shade. Cool, sweet grass. Ronnie’s Rocky Mountain ice cream on your chin. Cash bar.

Cool sounds of the Gateway City Big Band, a 17-piece band with two vocalists!
The Gateway City Big Band are returning due to popular acclaim!
Bring your own lawn chairs or blankets.
Complimentary tours of the first floor of Historic Sappington House available during the concert. Just go to the entrance door and knock.

Advance tickets are $20 ($1 for children under 12) and include the concert and one Rocky Mountain ice cream cone, famous at the Muny.
Tickets sold at the Sappington House Museum, The Barn restaurant, Loft Gift Shop and the Crestwood Community Center. Tickets at  are $25 for adults and $1. Free Parking at Crestwood Elementary and in the parking lot off of Reco Avenue at eh stop light near Sappinton House pond.

This is a fundraiser to benefit the ongoing preservation of historic Sappington House, the oldest brick home in St. Louis County. Call 314-822-8171 for further details.


Battle of Vicksburg - Sunset Hills Historical Society - May 22

The May 22 meeting of the Sunset Hills Historical Society will feature a presentation focused on the Civil War and the Battle of Vicksburg by Park Ranger Shawn Williams.

“May 22nd was actually the day that Maj. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant made an attack against the Confederate lines at Vicksburg that convinced him to resort to siege tactics,” explained Williams. “Once Vicksburg fell it split the Confederacy in two, allowing the Union to control the Mississippi River and use it for transportation and supplies.”

“Vicksburg was happening simultaneously to the Battle at Gettysburg, at opposite ends of the country, which created the turning point in the war,” added Williams.

Please join us in welcoming Ranger Shawn Williams and hearing this fascinating narration.  The meeting will be at 7 p.m. on Monday, May 22, at the Sunset Hills City Hall, 3939 South Lindbergh Blvd.  See you then!

Presentation on the dig at Sappington House - April 6

Getting ready for the 2017 dig at Sappington House

See a sampling of the artifacts found in 2016, hear the presentation on the dig done last year. Find out what may be coming up this year in the June dig. Sauturday, April 8 at 2:00 pm at the Oak Bend Branch library in the auditorium.

Rachael Azarra presents on the dig last year at Sappington House, gives a preview of 2017 and gives a tiny primer on the process of excavating and caring for artifacts found in a dig.

For students and teachers interested in joining the dig this year, there will be a little orientation session at the end of the talk.

Photos of last year’s dig


The Archaeological Dig at Sappington House 2017

June 1-17, Tuesdays to Saturdays, 10:00 to 3:00 pm
At the Sappington House:
1015 S. Sappington Road, St. Louis, Missouri 63126

Students: No fees. Can participate whole time or some part.
Apply through your school social studies teacher.
Call or email Steve: 314-918-1617,

Teachers: To work with the students and professional archaeologists, learn the procedures, guide the students. 
Stipend available. Contact Steve.

The public: Come visit the site. See the work. Meet the participants.

See more about the dig at Sappington House.

See more about the student presentations.

See quotes from the students’ presentations.

See the main page for the dig at Sappington House

Sunset Hills Historical Society - March- Joe Sonderman

Local author Joe Sonderman

The March 27, 2017 meeting of the Sunset Hills Historical Society will feature a presentation about Route 66 by local author Joe Sonderman.

As editor of the Route 66 Association of Missouri’s Show Me Route 66 magazine, Sonderman will talk about Route 66 and its connection to Sunset Hills and Watson Road.
The meeting will be devoted to the many routes 66 took through the St. Louis area over the years, and take a close look at the road through Crestwood and Sunset Hills.
“We will discuss just why Route 66 is so special, it’s role in popular culture – and why preserving it is important,” said Sonderman.

His book Route 66 in St. Louis, part of the Arcadia series ‘Images of America,’ will be available for sale and for his signature.
Please join us for this enjoyable presentation at the Sunset Hills City Hall, 3939 South Lindbergh Blvd., at 7 p.m.  See you there!

The Reinhold Niebuhr Story - Film Screening and Panel Discussion

“An American Conscience: The Reinhold Niebuhr Story” Film Screening and Panel Discussion
Date(s) – March 6, 2017, a Monday night
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Emerson Auditorium in Knight Hall, Washington University in St. Louis

Film Screening/Discussion
Panel Discussion

The John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics and Eden Theological Seminary are pleased to present to the community an advance screening of a new film, An American Conscience: The Reinhold Niebuhr Story, scheduled to air on PBS this spring. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by Prof. Marie Griffith, Director of the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics. Panelists will include the filmmaker Martin Doblmeier; Rev. Dr. David Greenhaw, President of Eden Seminary; and Dr. Healan Gaston, Harvard Divinity School. A reception for all attendees will be offered 8:30 – 9:30 p.m.

This event is free and open to all; no tickets required. RSVPs encouraged to or (314) 935-9345. Your RSVP allow us to send you a parking pass and contact you with any event updates.

About Reinhold Niebuhr
Although he may be best remembered today as the author of the famed “Serenity Prayer,” Reinhold Niebuhr — an outspoken American-born pastor, writer, and political activist — remains one of the most influential public theologians of our time. Presidents from Barack Obama to Jimmy Carter have credited his impact on their thinking, as well as John McCain, countless historians, theologians, political thinkers, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who cited Niebuhr in his “Letter from a Birmingham Jail.”

Niebuhr’s career spanned some of the most tumultuous decades in American history, from World War I through Vietnam, from the Great Depression through the Civil Rights Movement. An early pacifist and socialist, he was closely monitored by J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI throughout his life, but would later serve as a consultant to the State Department during the Cold War.

Niebuhr rose from a small Midwest church pulpit to become the nation’s moral voice — an American conscience — during some of the most defining moments in recent history. His books, Moral Man and Immoral Society (1932), The Nature and Destiny of Man (1941–43) and The Irony of American History (1952), continue to influence theological and political thinking. An American original, his unique insights into human nature and its relationship to political movements and social justice propelled him to speak openly, and often critically, to an America consumed by moral certainty. For Niebuhr the priority was always justice, his guiding principle was hope in a redeemer God, and his weapon was an extraordinary gift for clarity of thought that made him a leading voice of conscience for his time.

Mark Colombo's personal journey into Civil War history

At the February meeting of the Sunset Hills Historical Society, our own City Alderman from Ward 4, Mark Colombo, will share his passion for Civil War history and some of his collectibles from that era.

As an amateur history enthusiast, he was intrigued by the amount of Civil War-era historical events that occurred here in St. Louis and around Missouri, as he discovered while visiting U. S. Grant’s former residence, nearby White Haven.

“By discussing my own personal journey I hope to inspire others to undertake their own journey,” said Colombo. “It has been exciting to study and collect artifacts from that time period.”
Colombo will focus on his own discoveries and display items from his collection. The conversation will cover a wide range of events during the civil war: a broad overview of the Civil War, weapons used at that time, and the role St. Louis and the surrounding areas played upon the outcome.

Please join us on Monday, February 27, at 7 p.m. for this fascinating look back in time.  Hope to see you there!

Remembering Crestwood Plaza photo exhibit by John Frey

Photography Exhibit featuring the artwork of Artist, John Frey
Crestwood Community Center
Public Display on Saturday, March 11, from 10 am – 3 pm – Free

"Remembering Crestwood Plaza". photo exhibit by John Frey

“Remembering Crestwood Plaza”. photo exhibit by John Frey

Join the City of Crestwood and local artist John Frey for a one day exhibit “Remembering Crestwood Plaza.” John Frey has captured and put together a variety of photographs featuring Crestwood Plaza that he would like to share with the public at the Crestwood Community Center. This exhibit is FREE and open to the public. John will have some of his work available for purchase. No registration is required. Open drop in will be available from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. For more information call 314-729-4860 or stop by the Crestwood Community Center.

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Crestwood Mall Memories table, July 26, 2017

Bring memorabilia, photos and memories to share 
around the memories table 
with Debbie Lister
When: Wednesday, July 26 – doors open 6:30
Where: St Lucas UCC church 11735 Denny Road 6312
Who: Meet the photographer, John Frey, and purchase some of his matted photos

See more about the evening at Events – 2017

Sunset Hills Historical Society January 2017 meeting

On Monday, January 23 at 7 pm the Historical Society will honor local history buffs and historical society founders, Morris “Butch” and Linda Thomas.

Butch and Linda have been members of the historical society since its inception in 1991. Through the years, Butch has served as President and Linda as Secretary, and is the current Treasurer. They have been business owners in Lemay and are very active in various local activities, including the Sunset Hills Conservation Foundation, as well as volunteering with bringing the Vietnam Memorial Wall to Sunset Hills.

The Thomases have been active in the Sunset Hills Historical Society from the early days, and were involved in the 50th Anniversary of Sunset Hills and the display of the Vietnam Wall at Lindbergh High School. Butch has served as President of the SHHS for four years, and Linda has been the treasurer from the beginning.
Butch has been awarded Citizen of the Year from the Sunset Hills Crestwood Chamber of Commerce in 2007 and received the Edgar P. Crecilius award from the Lemay Chamber of Commerce in 1993.

Please join us in honoring Butch and Linda as 2017 Historians of the Year, at Sunset Hills City Hall, 3939 South Lindbergh Blvd.

We look forward to seeing you at Monday’s meeting!

Anne Jesse, Secretary
Sunset Hills Historical Society




LHS Mothers Club Holiday House Tour

LHS Mothers Club Holiday House Tour

Lindbergh High School Mothers Club House Tour
Sunday, December 8, 2013
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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 


Sappington-Concord Historical Society…

                        …join us and we’ll make history together!

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