Percy Stone

In the late nineteenth century, cycling became a popular American pastime. The League of American Wheelmen, a…

Phog Allen. [University of Kansas, University Archives Photo Collection, ku-uaphotos:33979]

Forrest C. “Phog” Allen, whose foghorn voice earned him his nickname, was a masterful,…

Arthur Aull. [Courtesy of Chad Stebbins]

Arthur Aull, who edited the Lamar Democrat from 1900 until his death in…

Tom Bass in an undated studio portrait.

By popular consensus, Tom Bass was one of the most skillful and popular horsemen of his era. At the time of his…

Frederic L. Billon. [Billon, Annals of St. Louis in Its Territorial Days from 1804 to 1821 (St. Louis: Nixon-Jones Printing Co., 1888), frontispiece]

Frederic L. Billon’s amateur antiquarian pursuits in the mid-nineteenth century resulted in…

William K. Bixby. [Missouri Historical Society, St. Louis, Photographs and Prints Collection, N20996]

One of the key St. Louis businessmen and philanthropists of his generation in St. Louis,…

George Washington Carver. [Courtesy of Tuskegee University Archives]

Historians have been unable to determine the exact date, or even year, of George Washington…

Kate Chopin portrait

Kate Chopin began and ended her life in St. Louis, with an interlude as a young wife and mother in New…

Phoebe Couzins portrait

Phoebe Wilson Couzins, a lawyer and suffragist, was born on September 8, 1842, to John Edward Decker and…

Jane Darwell in a photo taken in 1918. [University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections, J. Willis Sayre Collection of Theatrical Photographs, 22471]

Jane Darwell, a pioneering film actress whose career spanned more than sixty years, was…