Sappington-Concord Historical Society celebrates its 25th anniversary all year in 2017. On this page below are:
• Photos of the 25th anniversary dinner in Cotober
• List of sponsors of the 25th anniversary
• Photos of the 25th anniversary celebration in April
• History and accomplishments of Sappington-Concord Historical Society in its first 25 years
25th anniversary dinner
Photos below are of the Sappington Creek Bluegrass band headed up by Dr Jim Simpson on fiddle. Dr Simpson is Superintendent of the Lindbergh Schools.
Photo below left shows Terry Rupp, organizer and master of ceremonies for the evening. The photo at the bottom shows on the right, Dr Jim Sandfort, previous superintendent of Lindbergh Schools and one of the founders of Sappington-Concord Historical Society. On the left, Wayne Ashwell.
List of sponsors of the 25th anniversary
SCHS wishes to thank the following Sappington-Concord businesses for their generous contributions to the 25th anniversary dinner. We greatly appreciate their support of the SCHS mission to touch the lives of people in the Sappington and Concord areas with history. Please give these businesses your consideration as you shop and make your spending choices!
Breuers Auto Service
11432 Concord Village Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63123 Phone number (314) 843-8087
135 Concord Plaza Shopping Center Sappington, Mo 63128 314-843-8265
Miss Sheri’s Cafeteria
5406 S. Lindbergh Blvd. in Southfield Center. For info on the daily specials call 314-849-1141
P’sghetti’s Pasta and Sandwiches
5540 South Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63123 Phone: (314) 849-5332
10205 Gravois Road, St. Louis, MO 63123 314-849-3033
Sam’s hosted the SCHS 25th anniversary dinner. It was great!
The Barn restaurant at Sappington House
1015 S. Sappington Road, St. Louis, Missouri 63126 Phone: 314-966-8387
The Loft Gift Shop at Sappington House
1015 S. Sappington Road, St. Louis, Missouri 63126 Phone: 314-984-5007
Conveniently located in The Barn restaurant, up the stairs on the second level.
Photos of the 25th anniversary celebration on April 23, 2017
Entertainment by the Queens of Swing led by Pat Treacy
History and accomplishments of Sappington-Concord Historical Society
Founded in 1992 by local citizens at the initiative of Dr Jim Sanfort, Superintendent of the Lindbergh Schools, the society’s purpose is to help students in the district learn about their local history. The mission of the society is to research, collect, and preserve the history of the Sappington and Concord areas, and then to educate the students and citizens of the areas. Over the years, the society has focused on three kinds of work; honoring veterans, educating students and preserving history.
The Hometown Heroes (2003) book, which contains reflections and reminiscences of over 140 veterans and their families, mostly of the World War II generation, with a few veterans of later wars and World War I. This book is still available for sale.
The society produced two videos in conjunction with the Special School District, featuring veterans of World War II relating their experiences. They were moderated by Ross Wagner. One video covered the Pacific theater and the other the European theater. The videos were shown on KETC.
The society in 1995 restored a monument which now stands in the Sappington-Concord Memorial Park at the intersection of Sappington Road and Gravois Road. The monument was built in 1944 to list the names of those serving in World War II. It was originally built of wood. Over the years it fell into disrepair until it was removed to a local school. In 1995, the Society rebuilt the memorial using Missouri red granite.
Since 1995 the society has held its annual Memorial Day service either in Memorial Park or up the hill on Denny Road on the Green at St. Lucas church.
In 2013, the society participated in the Vietnam traveling wall project spearheaded by the Sunset Hills Historical Society and located at Lindbergh High School.
The society has been a sponsor for three years of the Honor Glow at Historic Sappington House in conjunction with USA Cares which raises money in support of veterans in crisis. The HOnor Glow features holiday activities geared to families and there is a patriotic ceremony to honor veterans
The society gifted a bust of Charles Lindbergh to the Lindbergh Schools which now stands in the lobby of the high school auditorium.
It restored the original school bell at Concord School and then arranged for its display in the lobby of the newly remodeled school so that students could see it every day is arrived at school. The bell was restored to commemorate 20th anniversary of the society.
The society has gave a plaque to the Lindbergh Schools to display in its new administrative offices at Sappington and Gravois Roads. The plaque commemorates the history of the site as one of commerce and community.
In 2016, the society started a three-year partnership with the Archaeological Institute of America St. Louis Society and the Sappington House to hold a summer archaeological dig at the house for high school students in the area.
The Past and Present Partnership programs to give students hands-on experiences with history
The Tombstone Tales programs, living histories of local persons of note
Preserving history and sharing it with adults through educational programs and presentations
Sappington-Concord: A History (1995), a book on the history of the area
The society publishes four times a year a newsletter of approximately 12 to 16 pages which features articles of local interest written by local authors. The society has printed and mailed its newsletter almost every quarter since its founding in 1992
The society maintains an archive of photos, documents and items of historical interest
The society has four general meetings a year, each with a presentation on a general interest topic of history
The society has four meet-at-the-site tours a year to visit a site of historic interest
The society sponsors a monthly presentation on a historical topic at Friendship Village Sunset Hills
The society sponsors a day time presentation twice each winter at Grant’s View library
In the photos below, the SCHS board of directors toasts the 20th anniversary of the construction of the WW II Honor Roll in Memorial Park