H.W. Brands' new book The Man Who Saved the Union is not the first book we've encountered about Ulysses S. Grant this year, but it's certainly the most voluminous. Brands, a professor at the University of Texas at Austin, was in St. Louis yesterday to talk about the book at the Missouri History Muse ... More >>
On December 17, 1862, nearly 150 years ago (minus six months or so), General Ulysses S. Grant expelled the Jews from the Department of the Tennessee, the war zone under his command, which stretched from northern Mississippi to Cairo, Illinois, between the Mississippi and Tennessee rivers. Within th ... More >>
We know the Fourth of July is the time to celebrate our country's Declaration of Independence, which, of course, was inspired by the Revolutionary War, which, of course, involved lots and lots of shooting. Patriotism = Guns! Unfortunately, one poor fellow found out the hard way that in conte ... More >>
Daily RFT's Purple Prose has been on hiatus for a few weeks, but today it's back with a special guest, Norman Delicatecharacter, the twin brother of host Geoffrey Delicatecharacter. Today Norman reads from The Abraham Lincoln Joke Book. Enjoy. Or persevere. Whichever.
Laura Ann MillerDel Taco: Set to join Noah's Ark and the Parkmoor?We're all abuzz about the possible demolition of the Googie-style Del Taco on Grand, enough to merit Facebook pages and news stories about how outraged -- outraged! -- we are as a city. Were we equally outraged when these othe ... More >>
The Missouri History Museum shines in blue.The Missouri History Museum. Soldier's Memorial. City Gardens. Chase Park Plaza. They are but a few of the St. Louis landmarks that will light up in blue next month in recognition of World Autism Awareness Day April 2. Other St. Louis structures sl ... More >>
Daily RFT stumbled across this recently-uploaded student documentary today, and learned -- among other things -- that the nation's biggest shantytowns during the Great Depression were right here in STL. It's worth a look.
Being the True History of the Founding of the Forest Park Balloon Race by the Villain Ozymandias Hare and the Heroic Aeronaut Etienne Montgolfier
Once again, Wednesday in St. Louis is chock full of awesome shows for you to attend. First, at Off Broadway, Ha Ha Tonka, Treaty of Paris and Roman Candle will be bringing the rock, Midwestern-style. And at the Library, Kansas City's Roman Numerals will be synth-gothing it up along with Waiting for ... More >>
flickr.com/photos/34748725@N00From the Museum of Funeral Customs (RIP). Unreal has long been plotting a brief jaunt up to Springfield, Illinois, not only to satisfy our Lincoln fix, but also to consume horseshoe sandwiches and visit the Museum of Funeral Customs.Alas, while Lincoln's tomb, hous ... More >>
A group of folks opposed to the federal stimulus package President Barack Obama signed into law earlier this month are meeting under the Gateway Arch tomorrow to protest the legislation.Similar rallies are being held across the country on Friday. Protesters are comparing themselves to Revolutionary ... More >>
In honor of Presidents' Day, Gut Check celebrates great moments in presidential food history.President Ronald Reagan inspired -- and continues to inspire -- extreme reactions. But today Gut Check isn't concerned with our presidents' politics, only their appetites.Our 40th president had an appetite f ... More >>
OK, so I've always kind of had a thing for Abraham Lincoln. My ardor has diminished slightly over the years -- I no longer believe I am he reincarnated (we do have the same initials, after all) -- but I have never forgotten that I grew up in the Land of Lincoln, where his birthday is a school holida ... More >>
It's only fitting that tomorrow's inauguration of the nation's first African-American president comes a day after we celebrate the life of a man who gave his life fighting for racial equality. Today St. Louisans will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day in a number of ways. ... More >>
Tonight the Missouri History Museum hosts a free lecture on the history and science of beer by Tom Schlafly and Anheuser-Busch brewmaster Michael Amad. The lecture begins at 7 p.m. in the Lee Auditorium. For more information, check out the museum's Web site. -Ian Froeb
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Dennis Brown and Deanna Jent suss out local theater
Vintage ballplayers know their history, and they're repeating it
A monument to an African-American symbol of U.S. independence? Don J. Smith asks (but not very politely): Why not?
Breakin' it down old-school
Activist Dick Gregory helps his hometown celebrate Black History Month
A Missouri native hits the trail to make sure her Civil War novel is authentic in all details
Patty Long's Ninth St. Abbey
Two Pecan Tree Pond
Tracks Still Under Construction
The U. City Loop's Walk of Fame glows larger
The new Emerson Electric Center addition to the Missouri History Museum makes its debut
Risk-taking composer John Adams conducts the St. Louis Symphony
Oh Freedom After While documents the integrated protest movement of Missouri's sharecroppers