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 schs.ws 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
October 13, 2018 – 9:00 a.m. till 3:00 p.m.
Tour/discussion – free to the public
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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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
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
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!
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
April 28-29, 2018, 9:00-3:00
List of vendors and services
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
18 Essie’s Sassy Soap
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
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
Students: application for the dig is still open
Students interested in applying should contact SCHS President, Stephen Hanpeter at 314-918-1617, or firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 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.
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
Students interested in applying should contact SCHS President, Stephen Hanpeter at 314-918-1617, or email@example.com, or Sappington House Resident Manager Sally Cakouros at 314-822-8171. Application for the dig is still open
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.
• Aluminum Cans
• Electronics (up to $50 for TV’s & monitors)
• Paper Shredding
*Gas, Paint, Oil and any Herbicide will NOT be accepted for recycling
• Face painting, Balloon Artist and Bounce House
• Free Hot Dogs (while supplies last)
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
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!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
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.
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 14 – Earth 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 23 – German Fest
October 22– Mark Colombo
November – Administrative Meeting
December – Holiday Break
January 31, 2018, Wednesday at 7:00 pm presentation and book signing at the…
...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!
Sunset Hills Historical Society and Sappington-Concord Historical Society together are jointly sponsoring the presentation and book signing.
See the Facebook page for Sappington-Concord Historical Society
“When the Blues Go Marching In” on the web
Description of the book from Amazon.com
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
The Lindbergh Schools have built new administrative offices. They are at the intersection of Gravois Road and Sappington Road in south St. Louis County. There will be an open house at the offices on Saturday, February 10, 10:00 am to 12:00 noon. SCHS members and the public are invited to attend. Get a tour of the new building. Free.
The Sappington-Concord Historical Society gave a plaque to the Lindbergh Schools for the new offices. It is mounted in the lobby just inside the entrance. The plaque commemorates the area at the intersection of Gravois Road and Sappington Road as a crossroads of community and commerce. Johnny’s Market was the last business on the site before the new offices were built. The history of Johnny’s Market gets top billing on the plaque. The other businesses located on the site before Johnny’s are also portrayed in a time line.
A crossroads of community and commerce
Lindbergh Schools chose the site for their new offices at Gravois and Sappington Roads because of its key location in the area. It is just about as close as can be to the center of the school district. There are Lindbergh schools on the two axis of Gravois and Sappington to the north, east and south. The two roads are early roads in the area and so their intersection has long been an important center of business and social activity for the area. Sappington School and Concord School were two early schools in the area taking the names of their respective areas. They are at the core of the area served by the Lindbergh Schools and thus the name for this historical society, Sappington-Concord Historical Society.
The year 2017 was the 25th anniversary of the founding of the Sappington-Concord Historical Society. The society was founded in conjunction with the Lindbergh Schools to educate its students about their local history. The historic plaque is a gift marking the 25th anniversary of the historical society and recognizing the close relationship between the Lindbergh Schools and the historical society.
Sappington-Concord Memorial Park
The small park in front of the new Lindbergh Schools offices is Sappington-Concord Memorial Park. It is bounded by Gravois, Sappington and Denny Roads. In 1944 a monument to those serving in WW II was erected at the site. It fell into disrepair over the years and was replaced in 1992 by Sappington-Concord Historical Society. The park will get new landscaping sometime this spring or summer. The monument, the SCHS World War II Honor Roll will be removed during the work for its safety. After the work, it will be remounted in a new base, in a prominent new setting that will display the monument with respect and beauty, clearly visible to drivers and the whole community. Questions? Call SCHS President Stephen Hanpeter 314-918-1617
See South County Times article about the new Lindbergh administrative offices – Jan 19, 2018
See SunCrest Call article about the new Lindbergh administrative offices – February 1, 2018
Veterans honored with luminaries at 2017 Honor Glow at Sappington House. The Honor Glow is a family Christmas event and patriotic ceremony to honor veterans. It also is a fundraiser for USACares, a non-profit that helps veteran and their families in crisis.
William Lowry – US Army Reserves
Randall Ottinger – Army
David Gildehaus – Navy
Bob Pieper – Army
Oliver Dressel – Army
Donald Patt – Army National Guard
Harold Lindner – Marines
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 www.stjucc.org 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.
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.
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