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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Do you have some favorite St. Louis parks with fond memories? Are any of these on your list of most beloved? They are among the many featured in the book, “St. Louis Parks” by Nini Harris and Esley Hamilton with Foreward by Peter Raven, photography by Mark Scott and Steve Tiemann.
Below, is a more comprehensive list of St. Louis City and St. Louis County parks featured in the book:
Tower Grove Park
The Christy Greenway
Clifton Heights Park
Mount Pleasant Park
River des Peres Parkway
Tilles Park (on Hampton)
Carondelet Lions Park
Chain of Rocks Park
Cherokee ParkCompton Hill Reservoir Park
Lucas Garden Park
Minnie Wood Square
Robert Terry Park
St. Louis Place Park
Sister Marie Charles Park
South St. Louis Square
Creve Coeur Park
Fort Bell Fountaine
Museum of Transportation
Spanish Lake Park
Bee Tree Park
Cliff Cave Park
Lone Elk Park
St. Vincent Park
Sioux Passage Park
Bella Fontaine Park
Bon Oak Park
Castle Point Park
Norman B. Champ Park
Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial
John Allen Love Park
Ohlendorf West Park
West Tyson Park
Affton-White Rodgers Community Center
Black Forest Park
George H. Bohrer Park
George Winter Park
Louis awaits your arrival… …at Oak Bend Library.
Say “hello” to Louis,
the host and tour guide of “A Walk in 1875 St >louis.” Louis is pictured in the graphic above, the man wearing the top hat and red tie. See what Louis can do for you…
…show you a preview at Oak Bend library of the fabulous 1875 pictorial maps of St Louis?
…or direct you to the Missouri History Museum in Forest Park to see the whole exhibit, “A Walk in 1875 St Louis?”
…and you would preferably say “yes” to both offers!
The September 2015 display case at Oak Bend Library features the 1875 pictorial maps of St Louis and the graphics in the exhibit, “A Walk in 1875 St Louis” at the Missouri HIstory Museum. The SCHS display will be in the case until the end of September. The display case is in the entrance lobby to the library, just on the left after entering through the front door. See map to Oak Bend Library.
The pictorial map by Compton and Dry from 1875 is like a “Where’s Waldo” puzzle, and it is just as much fun for adults as for kids.
There are four items to find in the large map. The items are shown on the two “Can you find it…” cards in the right portion of the case.
There are people, animals and action with trains, boats, carts all over the pictorial map. There are three of these micro action scenes with speech balloons to prompt a child to fill in the rest of the sentence. The three speech balloons start with:
• The guy on the streetcar says…
• The train engineer says…
• The passenger on the river boat says…
Compton and Dry have listed at the bottom of each plate, many businesses and other features including residences. Each is marked in the list with a number. The corresponding feature on the map is identified with that number. Maybe one of the homes or businesses identified on the map belonged to a member of our family!
For both kids and adults
There are a few samples of the graphics in the exhibit which cover the walls of the Missouri History Museum like graffiti. And the color of the graphics is a great contrast to the monotone maps. The graphic novel style illustrations are by Dan Zettwoch.
Take your kids, grandkids and yourself to the Oak Bend library to see the display case. And after getting a taste of the 1875 pictorial maps, get on down to the Missouri History Museum to see the absolutely spectacular exhibit, “A Walk in 1875 St.Louis!” in person.
See more about the 1875 pictorial maps and the exhibit on page Hold that pose St Louis!
See other display cases done by SCHS in the past several years.
The graphic novel style illustrations in this display are from photos of the Missouri History Museum exhibit, “A Walk in 1875 St. Louis.” The artist is Dan Zettwoch.
The exhibit is based on the Compton and Dry pictorial maps of 1875 St. Louis. The maps in the display are reproductions of the the Library of Congress original Compton and Dry pictorial maps titled, “Pictorial St. Louis, the great metropolis of the Mississippi valley; a topographical survey drawn in perspective A.D. 1875.”
The map reproduction sheets on the floor of the display case are on loan from SCHS board member Rose Marie Karius.
The book, “Pictorial St. Louis,” is on loan from SCHS member Gloria Wagstaff.
The display is sponsored by
Sappington-Concord Historical Society which has a mission to strengthen community by awakening interest in history for both adults and kids.
Direct questions and comments about the display to the contact page.
Former St Louis County Historian and preservationist, Esley Hamilton has spoken a number of times to SCHS and we are thrilled to have him back on October 28, 2015.
Esley will speak on St Louis County Parks. From only two parks in 1950, St. Louis County has created one of the outstanding park systems in the country. Esley Hamilton, longtime preservation historian for the county, tells this surprising story using pictures from his 2012 book with NiNi Harris, “St. Louis Parks.”
SCHS Fall General Meeting and Presentation
October 28, 2015 Wednesday, 7:00 pm
Early admittance starting at 6:30 to browse displays and other offerings
At Lindbergh High School in Anne Morrow Lindbergh Room
See directions to Lindbergh High School in Anne Morrow Lindbergh Room.
More about Esley Hamilton
See Esley’s book on Amazon
Esley spoke on St Louis Public Radio
See interview with Esley for the Beacon
See brief history of St Louis County Parks on St Louis County website
See article about Esley in the South County Times at the time of his retirement.
More about the book
The blurb on the back cover of “St. Louis Parks,” by NiNi Harris and Esley Hamilton
St. Louis has great parks. And St. Louisans are passionate about them. “St. Louis Parks” delivers portraits of St. Louis City and County parks, both major and minor, that prove why these common spaces are crucial to the region’s way of life. Acclaimed local historians NiNi Harris and Esley Hamilton take readers through the city and county, respectively. Dramatic photography by Mark Scott Abeln and Steve Tiemann complement the essays. “St. Louis Parks” evokes the unique character and history of the individual parks in the St. louis region and visualizes the need for green space, whether it is to escape the urban life or to come together as a community.
The forward to the book is by Peter Raven.
The table of contents lists many of the parks featured in the book. See expanded list of parks.
The book puts the parks in context of the other parks and green spaces in the region.
Other attractions at the October 28 SCHS general meeting.
Come early to see what you can see. Doors open at 6:30 pm. The meeting officially starts at 7:00 pm., but coming as early as 6:30 when the doors open allows you more time to to browse displays and other offerings.
From 6:30 to 7:00 and during refreshment time you can:
• Say ‘hello’ to St Louis County celebrity, Esley Hamilton
• Buy Esley Hamilton’s book, “St. Louis Parks”
• Sign up for the Meet-at-the-Site tour
• Buy a book by Elizabeth Terry. You may pay in cash, check or credit card for your convenience.
• See the displays, an archival display on travel and a display on the 1875 pictorial map of St Louis
• Buy a copy of the SCHS Hometown Heroes book, for yourself or for Christmas gifts
• Participate in a small silent auction for history-related books
The evening will start officially at 7:00 with
• “Pledging Allegiance to the Flag” and a non-sectarian invocation
• Continuing through a light and brief business meeting
• Refreshment time is the most important moment
• Finally, the main event of the evening, hear Esley Hamilton speak on a topic near to his heart, the history of St Louis County parks.
Elizabeth Terry, has written a new book with her two co-authors, “Ethnic St Louis” which she will be selling at our SCHS October meeting. You may remember that Elizabeth was at our July SCHS meeting selling her book, “Oysters to Angus: Three Generations of the St. Louis Faust Family.” She spoke at Friendship Village for the SCHS at Friendship Village speaker series in 2015 and will speak on her new book in 2016.
Interview with Tammy Gottschalk December 3, 2014
by Stephen Hanpeter
How did you get involved with visiting the Cakeways to the West?
We started seeing cakes. The first one was at the Sappington House when we were roller blading on the Grant Trail. Then we saw one at the Wild Bird Sanctuary where we sponsor a bird. The third one was at the Muny or the St. Louis Zoo. At that point I googled the cakes and found out they were put out by STL250. I suggested to Joe, my significant other, that we see all the cakes and that we photograph them with us in the photo. I also suggested that we do a pose for each cake. Well we tried to do different poses for each cake, but some of them are not so different. We also had a prop, a little guy you can see in most of the photos. He is actually a little speaker to play music. The intent was to hide him in each photo, but in many of the photos he is just sitting on the cake. Sometimes we forgot to put him in the photo and ended up driving back to retake the photo with him in it. With some cakes, we ended up picking a photo that he did not appear in. We found other people who were visiting all the cakes and one had a little Ozzie Smith to put in each photo. For some photos, I wore a funny hat. Joe and I have a couple of friends who also visited all the Cakeways.
What has visiting all the Cakeways meant to you and Joe?
We learned a lot about the city. I have lived in St. Louis a long time, but there were many places that I did not know. And when we visited a Cakeway at a place with a tour or a museum to see, we visited the museum and tried to take the tour. We visited the Campbell House and the Eugene Field House. I connected Eugene Field with some favorite books as a child; “The Gingham Dog and the Calico Cat” and “Wynken, Blynken, and Nod.” At the Missouri History Museum, we saw the “250 in 250” exhibit. We visited the Soldiers Memorial on Memorial Day and toured their museum. We went to the Malcolm W. Martin Memorial Park in East St. Louis to go up on the look out tower to see the Arch. We visited the US Grant Historic Site. When there was a restaurant nearby, we tried to plan to eat there. We missed Crown Candy when we visited that Cakeway, because they were closed. But we bought chocolate at a Cakeway in Illinois. We ate at the Blue Owl. We walked areas where there was a concentration of Cakeways, like downtown St. Louis and Forest Park. We planned our visits and sometimes, when we were going somewhere, we planned to visit Cakeways nearby. So sometimes we ended up visiting Cakeways at night or in the rain. We visited most of the Cakeways between May and June. Joe was determined to see them all. Some of the Cakeways weren’t put out until later in the year, but we visited them when the were put out.
Did visiting the Cakeways increase your interest in history?
We learned more. We visited the Holocaust Museum, the National Great Rivers Museum in Alton and we saw the barges on the river. We visited the Mercantile Library and the Cakeway there is inside. We visited the Mount Lebanon Cemetery where they did not get a Cakeway so they built their own. We hiked some parks when Cakeways were there or nearby. We met other people visiting all the Cakeways. We got photo bombed a few times when someone jumped into our photo in the background. That is kind of fun. Did you know that one of our teachers, Marilyn Callahan, art teacher at Crestwood School, designed the Cakeway at the Butterfly House?
As experienced Cakeway visitors, do you have recommendations for others making visits to the Cakeways?
Yes, it is a good idea to pre-plan your visits, find out the location and whether there is food available nearby, otherwise pack your own food and water. Take a camera with a remote release or a self timer to get your photos. Wear good walking shoes. Travel in a pair or in a group for safety and go early in the day for the same reason. It is fun to travel in a group. We took Joe’s parents to some Cakeways and also my aunt. Take lots of quarters for parking meters and in some places the parking is quite a bit more, such as Grant’s Farm.
See more photos below of Tammy and Joe visiting Cakeways at
Cakeway Photos from Tammy and Joe.
Go back to the Cakeway Cupcake Prize page.