If you grew up in the Reagan '80s, you're familiar with the sight of a president on horseback. More recent leaders of the free world haven't been as predisposed to be photographed while riding, which is a shame. Everyone looks more commanding atop a mighty steed. White House Horses, a traveling exhibit currently on display through Thursday, May 15, at the Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site (7400 Grant Road, Affton; 314-842-3298), contains 72 such dramatic images. From Andrew Jackson's deep passion for horseracing to Teddy Roosevelt's written rules that govern the etiquette of guests riding along with the president, White House Horses documents the long and fruitful history of equine-president relations (not those kinds of relations). The Grant National Historic Site is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; admission is free, but time-specific "calling cards" (available at the visitor center) are required. Teddy would wholeheartedly approve of such a dignified system, no doubt.
April 28-May 15, 2008