Percy Stone

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

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…

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…

Perl Decker portrait

Perl D. Decker was an attorney who served three terms from 1913 to 1919 as a US congressman from Jasper County,…

Gert Goebel. [Courtesy of Edith Moore]

Gert Goebel came to Missouri in 1834 as an eighteen-year-old German immigrant, settling in…

W. C. Handy playing at the fifth annual American Negro Music Festival in St. Louis’s Sportsman’s Park in 1944. [State Historical Society of Missouri, Arthur Witman 120mm Photograph Collection (S0732), 732.31462]

Although William Christopher Handy spent relatively little of his long life in Missouri,…

Jean Harlow in a publicity photo. [New York Public Library Digital Collections, Billy Rose Theatre Collection Photograph File, ID# TH-190010]

Jean Harlow was born Harlean Carpenter in Kansas City, Missouri, on March 3, 1911. Her…