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Vol. 11, No. 2 - The Confluence - A regional studies journal published by Lindenwood University Press.

The Confluence - Spring /Summer 2020
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The Confluence is a regional studies journal published by Lindenwood University, dedicated to the diversity of ideas and disciplines of a liberal arts university. It is committed to the intersection of history, art and architecture, design, science, social science, and public policy. Its articles are diverse by design.


Articles

“By Unexpected Means”—The Founding of St. Joseph at St. Louis, 1863-1878

Five nuns traveled to St. Louis in 1863 to create a contemplative order in the midst of the Civil War. Dana Delibovi investigates the reasons the group came.

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Chasing the Robert E. Lee: Boat Races on the Mississippi River

Perhaps the most famous steamboat race on the Mississippi River came when the Robert E. Lee beat the Natchez from New Orleans to St. Louis in 1870. The record stood for some six decades, when a wave of races up the river started.

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Death, Civic Pride, and Collective Memory: The Dedication of Bellefontaine Cemetery in St. Louis

Starting in the 1830s, cemeteries in cities like St. Louis became more than just burial grounds. They became places people visited and conveyors of a city’s collective memory. All this was conveyed in Truman Marcellus Post’s sermon at the dedication of Bellefontaine Cemetery in 1850.

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Otto Widmann and the Birds of Missouri

As late as the early 1990s, the only comprehensive book on Missouri’s birds was Otto Widmann’s Preliminary Catalog of the Birds of Missouri, published in 1907. Widmann documented the Eurasian Tree Sparrow, which has just one habitat in the United States—in St. Louis.

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