The tenth issue of The Confluence. A regional studies journal published by Lindenwood University Press.
"'Benevolent Plans Meritoriously Applied': How Missouri Almost Became an Indian Nation, 1803–1811"
by B. J. McMahon
One aspect of western development—and of early Missouri territorial history—was figuring out how native peoples fit into visions of the West, as B. J. McMahon suggests.
"Supplying Fraternalism: DeMoulin Bros. & Co. and Side Degree Paraphernalia"
by Adam D. Stroud
The expansion of fraternal and benevolent societies in the late nineteenth century also created a business opportunity to supply those lodges with the paraphernalia for rituals, including "side degree" products. DeMoulin Brothers in Greenville, Illinois, led the industry in fraternal products.
"Faire un Maison: Carpenters in Ste. Genevieve, 1750-1850"
by Bonnie Stepenoff
While we tend to think of the log cabin as the quintessential American frontier residential structure, there were other versions that came from different immigrant groups, including those created by master carpenters seen in Ste. Genevieve, Missouri.
"A Frontier City Through a Planner’s Eyes: Frederick Law Olmsted’s Visit to St. Louis"
by Jeffrey Smith
Just as he was becoming a noted planner and park designer, Frederick Law Olmsted spent more than two years as executive secretary of the United States Sanitary Commission to acquire supplies for Union troops and to raise money—which brought him into conflict with James Yeatman, head of the Western Sanitary Commission in St. Louis. In April 1863, Olmsted visited St. Louis; these were his impressions and observations.