The eighth issue of The Confluence. A regional studies journal published by Lindenwood University Press.
"More than a Fossil-Hunter: The Life and Pursuits of Charles W. Beehler"
by R. Bruce MacMillan
Besides being a noted paleontologist in the Gilded Age, Charles Beehler was also a noted inventor, manufacturer, and businessman — and he made Kimmswick famous for mastodon bones.
"Greedy Merchants and Idle Women: Economic Crisis and Community in the Lower Missouri Valley, 1819-1825"
by Rebekah M. K. Mergenthal
As a merchant economy emerged in Missouri River towns in the 1820s, so too did a rhetoric about the roles of women in this changing economy. Rebekah Mergenthal examines the debate about changing gender roles in an evolving market economy.
St. Louis Public Library
by Jean Gosebrink
The St. Louis Public Library opened its renovated Central Library in downtown St. Louis in fall 2012 for the centennial of the building that was one of some 1,700 libraries funded by steel magnate Andrew Carnegie. Here’s what makes this Cass Gilbert design such a community asset.
"The Forest for the Trees: The Benefits of the Trees of Forest Park"
by John L. Wagner
Before the Louisiana Purchase Exposition in 1904, Forest Park in St. Louis was mostly exactly that—forest. After felling thousands of trees for the world’s fair and creating a new park, parts of Forest Park are still forested. John Wagner looks at tree plantings and species to determine if Forest Park is an environmentally sustainable park for the 21st century.
"St. Louis Through the Camera"
by Miranda Rechtenwald
In 1892, St. Louis Autumnal Festivities Association published a booklet to promote the assets and amenities of St. Louis. Its photographs showed the city not as a grimy industrial metropolis, but in the most flattering light. They may say “the camera never lies,” but does it?