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Hello all -
Our 3rd year for this group has come to an end!
In 2018, we went to 23 events (not counting lunches). We had 208 members who attended at least one event in 2018. Once again, David made it to the most events (not counting me) by making it to 22. Monica was right behind him, making it to 21 events. It should surprise no one that the most attended meetups were those with multiple tours - Bellefontaine Cemetery Civil War tour - 5 tours with 61 members going and the Alton Underground Railroad tours - 5 tours with 57 members going. For the places where we had just one tour - Hawken House had 52 members attend and the St. Louis Public Library tour had 49.
We seem to keep growing in popularity, so in 2019, there are going to be some changes! Let's hope we can keep it organized! Janet told me about some additional historic homes I wasn't aware of so I added those to our list of places to go. And after the huge popularity of the St. John Nepomuk church, I decided to add a 4th church per year to see. Which means, we now have 6 years worth of events to go to! But who wants to wait 6 years to see something if you missed it the first time around?
So, to help with the number of people we have going to events and the number of events, I have added 2 additional organizers - Wanda and David. While I continue with Year 4 events in 2019, Wanda is going to organize repeats from Year 1, and David will do a mix of new events and repeats from Year 1. Which means that in 2019, there will be a historic site meetup on just about every weekend! If you miss something, remember, it will be repeated in 3 years.
Several people have asked about weekend trips. I have resisted doing those - I like my boundaries of only going to places within 25 miles (as the crow flies) from Clayton. But with my kids older, I'm ready to try 2 weekend trips a year. So, in 2019, we'll try two weekend trips. One will be to a place in Missouri (I selected Ste. Genevieve to start us out) and the 2nd will be outside Missouri (I selected Nashville, TN tentatively for 2019). I'll organize several historic places to go based on tripadvisor rankings and what those who are going want to do. Because I'm a teacher, one weekend trip will likely be in early summer, the other in late summer.
So, wondering what we'll do in 2019? Tentatively, we have planned meetups to 12 historic homes, 9 walking tours, 8 churches, 7 museums, 3 buildings, 2 holiday walking tours, 2 weekend trips, and 3 "others" (that don't fit in any of the above categories - like eagle watching on Chain of Rocks Bridge).
I'm looking forward to the fun and interesting places we will be seeing in 2019!
Thanks for joining me on my crazy adventure!