What we're about

If you're interested in the history of St. Louis, come explore the many historic sites and buildings in the area. Whether it's a historic home, church, a walking tour, or an occasional museum, we'll see the sites of the St. Louis area. This group will primarily be a "weekend only" group, typically meeting up on Saturday mornings/early afternoons with lunch either before or after the event. We schedule 3-5 events every month.

Please note, there are dues to this meetup. You have a 6-month grace period - but after that you dues are just $5 a year. You must pay the $5 sometime within your 6-month grace period or meetup will kick you out of the group! So join for 6 months for free to see if this group is worth $5 a year to you!

A new question: "My 6-month trial membership went by and I forgot to pay. Now, I'm no longer a part of the group but would like to rejoin. Can I do this?" The answer is Yes, you can. But, meetup won't let you join without paying the $5 annual dues. If you don't want to pay the $5 annual dues online through meetup, keep an eye on our events. Find one that has no limit on the number of members that can attend and plan on being there. You can hand me the $5 then and I can update your profile which will put you back in the group.

Want to know more about our group? There's a lot more info below.

Answers to questions you may have:

Who are we?
We are folks who want to see and learn about the great history of St. Louis – the gateway to the West!

So what will we see?
While I'm open to ideas a member has, it's probably already on my list! I have a list of nearly 150 historical things to do around St. Louis. These include Homes, Museums, Walking Tours, Religious Sites, Buildings, and reenactments. ALL events will be docent-led (with the exception of some museum events), so we have an expert telling us about the historical site!

• Historical Homes – We will go to approximately 12 historical homes each year.
• Museums – Lots of museums in the St. Louis area to explore. We’ll go to approximately 7-8 museums each year – and we always finish out the year with a meetup at the Missouri History Museum, where we attend exhibits specifically about the history of St. Louis.
• Walking Tours – Walking tours will include tours of different St. Louis neighborhoods (i.e., Soulard, Central West End), parks, architectural tours, cemeteries, and downtown St. Louis history. We’ll go on approximately 10 walking tours each year, typically in the spring and fall months. We’ll leave the museums for the winter and summer months!
• Religious Sites – I’ve found several religious shrines and historic churches. We'll visit 7 per year - 4 Catholic churches, 3 non-Catholic churches. Did you know that in the St Louis area you can still hear Mass/Service said in: Polish, Italian, Arabic, Latin, German, Croatian? And some churches still have hymns sung in different languages like Czech or Hungarian!
• Buildings – These are historical areas that aren’t homes and they aren’t religious sites, so I’ve designated them as buildings. We’ll go to approximately 3 of these each year.
• Reenactments – This could be reenactments, interpretive centers, or something that just didn’t fit in any of the above categories. We’ll do about two per year.
• Holiday tours – Each year we'll schedule one meetup related to Halloween and one meetup related to Christmas. These are most likely going to be Haunted walking tours (for Halloween) and Holiday Open houses (for Christmas).

• Weekend trips – Beginning in 2019, we are going to experiment with weekend trips away to see historical sites in other (driveable) cities. The idea is to schedule three weekend trips - two to cities in Missouri, and one to a city outside Missouri.

I joined late and you’ve already seen some of the places I’d like to see. Will we go back and see some places a second time?
Yes! We have about 4 years worth of events, doing something every weekend; therefore, events will be repeated every 4 years. We'll repeat all events; you just may have to wait a couple years! I think the best way to see where we have been is to click on the Photos tab. Someone always takes and posts pictures from each event.

What is the geographic area covered by this group?
I wanted to include the Daniel Boone home in Defiance, Missouri and also some of the historical places in the metro east (Illinois side of St. Louis). I created a 25 mile radius to include these areas. It ended up that Clayton is the center of my circle – so 25 miles around Clayton as the crow flies is the geographic area that we’ll visit. This includes Grafton, Elsah, and Godfrey, IL to the north; Edwardsville, O’Fallon, and Belleville IL to the east; Waterloo, IL and Imperial, MO to the south; and Pacific, Defiance, and O’Fallon, MO to the west. At the very bottom of this message is an approximate map showing the area.

I will consider any historic site in this area. I will spread the furthest sites throughout the 4 years so we’re not driving too much in a single year. About 25% of the events each year will be outside the I-270 boundary (to the north, south, west) / Illinois boundary (to the east) .

Is there any cost to be a member?
Yes. Meetup.com is a business, and they charge me annually to have this site. In addition, I make nametags for every outing and have other supplies I have created. I’d like to cover my costs as well as the costs of the other three organizers. The cost to join our meetup is $5 PER YEAR. However, you have 6 FREE "trial" months after you first join. Unfortunately, meetup changed the way they monitor the paid status, so after 6 months if you have NOT paid, meetup (not me!) kicks you out of the group. You can always rejoin though!

You’ll have to decide if this meetup is worth 42 cents a month to you. I think it will be. Remember there is a 6-month trial period so you can join, see, and attend the types of events we go to for 6 months before committing that investment of $5! And what a great investment is is! For just $5 (42 cents a month), you can meet up with a great group of people approximately 42 times (3-4 times a month) each year and learn interesting facts about the city you live in!

Another cost is that many of the historic sites we visit have admission fees. I will post these when I schedule the meetup. Some of the not-for-profits don’t have admission fees but gladly accept donations. I will suggest a $5 donation for these places, but it isn’t mandatory.

What is the $5 annual fee used for?
I will use the $5 to:
1. Pay the annual fee for hosting a meetup.com group
2. Pay for nametags and printer ink
3. The host for the event will receive approximately $5 for each event he/she hosts.

OK, how do I pay?
Three ways to choose from:
1. You can send me a private email through meetup and I can send you my address. You can send the $5 by cash or check.
2. Since you have 6 months of a trial period, you can come to an activity in the 6 months and pay me at the first event you attend. (This has proven to be the most popular method).
3. You can pay online through meetup.

What days of the week will events be on? How often are events?
I have a full-time job and 4 boys (and a husband) who keep me busy, and as of 2017, a daughter-in-law! One of the reasons I started this meetup was because other meetups I was interested in primarily met in St. Louis on weekdays (we live in Illinois). And that just doesn’t work for me. Because of my family and work time commitments, most events will take place on Saturday mornings/early afternoons. I also have to work around high school cross country, ice hockey, and track meets! There will be some Sunday events – especially during cross country season when Saturdays are filled with meets. Since some historic sites are open only on weekdays, there will occasionally be meetups on weekdays. The weekday meetups will likely be scheduled in the summer months when I have more free time (I’m a teacher).

Starting in 2019, three to four events are scheduled each month. In our first 3 years, we attended 2 events a month, but with membership growing, we are upping the meetups to 3-4 per month.

What about after the event? We’ll be having such a good time in such good company, we won’t want to break up the party!
That’s why most events will be followed (or preceded) by a lunch. I look for the top rated restaurant in the area of the historic site. This gives us a chance to get to know each other better AND try out new restaurants.

I will call the restaurant beforehand to make sure they can handle a group our size. If you can’t make the historic site meetup for some reason, you can always join us for lunch.

Has the organizer checked out the events beforehand?
Nope – I’m going in knowing as much as you. Sometimes it may be something that I’ve been to before, but the reason I created the meetup group was to visit places I’ve never been. I’ve enjoyed every one we’ve been to so far.

Are there any rules for membership?
As a social group, our objective is to have fun! But I do ask members to observe the following guidelines:

• Please be courteous with your RSVPs. If you RSVP "Yes" to an event, show up! I realize that occasionally last-minute happenings might make it impossible to change your RSVP, but this should be a rare exception, not the rule. And on the occasion where the event is limited, holding a space for yourself when others are on the waiting list, then not showing up, is just incredibly inconsiderate. If your plans change, update your RSVP right away. This is important!. For some events, we will have a waitlist, and those people will need to know as soon as possible if they make it in.
• If you are on the waitlist, please keep checking, especially in the 48 hours prior to the event. There can be a lot of movement on the waitlist in the last 48 hours as people realize they have double booked or other things have come up.
• If you do come to an event, please find me first! That should be easy. In the winter months, I have a pink coat that should stand out. I also have a meetup sign on a pole I’ve made that I’ll be holding at events prior to the start time. You can’t miss me! I’ll have nametags at each event for everyone to wear so we get to know each other.
• I welcome input about any aspect of the group's operation! This most definitely includes historic sites suggestions and restaurant suggestions. And, by all means, if anyone has a negative experience at any event, please bring it to my attention at once. Participating in our events is supposed to be fun as well as informative!

So, in summary, we're here to:

• See new sites!
• Have fun!
• Learn something new about the greater St. Louis area!
• Make new friends!

Hope to see you soon!

General boundaries of our historic sites. Approximately 75% of the events will take place within the I-270 boundary.


Upcoming events (2)

Missouri History Museum

5700 Lindell Blvd

Every year we end the year with a trip to the Missouri History Museum. Well, this has been a disappointing year with many events cancelled. And now, even our trip to the museum has to be modified - but we can still go. To go to the museum, you MUST register with the museum. It is still free, but you HAVE to sign up. Seventy five people can sign up for each time, so we should all be able to go to the museum at the same time. Go here to make your reservation: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/missouri-history-museum-tickets-registration-127178170331 Click the orange 'Select a Date' button. Search for Dec 12 (scroll down). Go to 10:00am, and click the orange Register button. Click the number going. Click Register. Fill out the information (name, address, you agree to wear a mask, etc) Click Register. You must wear a mask. When registering, you will get tickets emailed to you. You must get to the museum within 30 minutes of your start time. I think we will have to show our tickets. Exhibits include: Beyond the Ballot: St Louis and Suffrage "Through an engaging mix of artifacts, images, media, and interactives, Beyond the Ballot explores women’s unique roles in St. Louis history. One major element of the exhibit traces the long history of the fight for woman’s suffrage in St. Louis and the events leading up to the passage of the 19th Amendment in 1920." https://mohistory.org/exhibits/beyond-the-ballot What's In A Name? "As St. Louis evolved from a trading post into a city, its changing nicknames illustrated its quest for a defined civic identity and place in the wider world. From Pain Court to Rome of the West to Little Bosnia, explore how St. Louis’s nicknames reflect the city’s past and present—and consider how they might shape its future." https://mohistory.org/exhibits/whats-in-a-name Mighty Mississippi (which we saw last December, but it is still up if you didn't go last year or want to re-visit) "Discover the regional heritage of the Middle Mississippi watershed as revealed through a diverse range of stories and artifacts that stem from the Mother of Rivers and its tributaries. Through this mix of historic objects, images, and media, Mighty Mississippi also sheds light on how sustaining surrounding communities has long depended on wisely caring for the river environment and its resources."

2016 in review
Needs a date and time

Needs a location

Wow! What an adventure. Last Christmas I told my husband I wanted to get out and do things other than attend kids' sporting events. We both like history, so I thought I'd find a history group in meetup. And there are several, but none that did exactly what I wanted. So, I started this meetup. At the time I thought that if we found one or two others in the St. Louis area who liked going to historical places, that would be great. Well, we now have 787 members of this meetup! But of those, how many have attended the events? Well, here are some statistics for the year: Number of events we've gone to (not counting lunches): 22 Total number of people who attended at least one event: 177 Who has been to the most events (not counting me): Nancy Event with the most participants: Bellefontaine Cemetery tour Event with the fewest participants: The first one - trip to the History museum (scheduled 4 days after the meetup was created!). What did we see? Historical Homes: Scott Joplin House, Frank Lloyd Wright house, Cupples Home, Sappington Home, Peterstown House, Busch Family home and grounds, and the Jarrot mansion. Walking tours: Walking Colonial St. Louis, Forest Park Then & Now tour, Architectural tour East, Town of Grafton tour, Bellefontaine Cemetery tour, and Walking tour of Soulard. Museums: History museum (twice - Walking 1875 St. Louis / Capturing the City & Route 66), Carondelet Historical Society museum, and McDonnel Douglas Prologue Room 3 churches: Shrine of St. Joseph, Holy Family Log Church, and Old Bonhomme Presbyterian Church. Building: Fox Theatre tour Museum/Interpretive: Lewis & Clark Discovery Days So, if you've read this far, I'm interested in knowing which event was your favorite and why. Post below.

Past events (369)

See the Eugene Field House and Museum - 11:45

634 S Broadway

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