I loved antique shopping in...
I loved antique shopping in St. Louis! There were so many shoppes to go in! There were a lot of unusual items that I had not seen in Maryland and even though many things were size prohibitive (such as a gas stove from the early 1900's) for me to bring home on the airplane, I just enjoyed seeing them:) I loved seeing the 'Gateway to the West'!
Art of the Osage at Saint Louis Art Museum
Thank goodness I saw a small article in the Chicago Tribuneabout the art of the Osage at the St. Louis Art Museum! Museum is free but this special exhibit cost $8.00 for seniors and $10.00 for others.
This text was written by Jill Martin after we visited the Saint Louis Art Museum.
The St. Louis Art Museum featured an exhibit on the Art of the Osage Indians. In this exhibit, "art" is meant as any artifact made by the Osage, for utility or decoration. Items were loaned from the Smithsonian and other museums, but much of the 20th century material came from a family of Osage artisans, one of whom was featured on an accompanying video.
The exhibit offered audio headsets, with much background information provided by the curator and by Osage Indians. The audio was programed to correspond with numbers on signs so that the exhibit could be viewed in any order.
Traditional glass cases contained several examples of an item, such as clothing, headdresses, quilts. A neutral background emphasized the brilliant colors of the objects.
In the video, the current Principal Chief of the Osage nation told the history of their removal from the area of Kansas, Missouri and Arkansas to Osage and other counties in Oklahoma.
He said the Osage kept title to the mineral rights of their land; so, when oil was discovered in the 1920's, they became rich. Unfortunately, they lost most of their money during the Depression. The original 20,000 declined to 1000, but today they have rebounded to 20,00 again. The beautiful handwork of the women was shown, including quilts commemorating Osage soldiers in World War I and II.
Other hand made items include "wedding jackets" with a history. Colonial soldiers gave Osage Indian chiefs military jackets. Too small for the men, the jackets were appropriated by women, and a tradition grew of using the jackets in place of wedding gowns. Osage women sewed and decorated new jackets; traditionalists still wear them today at their weddings.
I found the story of their attempts to join modern society while retaining their historic attitudes very moving. The Native American churches of the Osage served as an example of their retention of their own values.
Kiss Your Diet Good-bye!
Ted Drewes Frozen Custard is a St. Louis tradition. Called "concretes" the ice cream milkshakes are more like a custom mixed soft serve ice cream. Dozens of ingredients to choose from, they mix up your treat in a snap.
Don't let the long lines put you off!! They move quickly. Make sure you're ready to order when it's your turn at the window.
One last warning... beware the killer ice cream headache! :-D
BTW, it's open Feb thru Dec.
The stadium to the north of downtown center is an anchor to try and revive this area once deteriorated. Still somewhat has that feel, though. The American Center for convention and other events and Visitors Center are located close by
Mardi Gras Parade in the...
Mardi Gras Parade in the Soulard neighborhood. You wouldn't necessarily think of St. Louis in conjunction with Mardi Gras, but this has turned into a huge event. So big that they have changed the parade route and outlawed coolers. It used to be a lot of fun, though.