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Jefferson National Expansion Memorial
11 N. 4th Street
St. Louis, MO 63102
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ST. LOUIS, MO, December 8, 2013 - The Historic Old Courthouse in downtown St. Louis is spreading cheer by giving area residents a series of opportunities to experience the many festive sounds of the season.
The Old Courthouse is hosting weekly Noon Historic Holiday Concert Series in the rotunda Wednesday, December 11, from noon - 1 p.m. with a performance from the St. Peters School Choir and December 19, from noon - 1 p.m. with Mr. Pitts Cabaret Chamber Group. The concert is free and open to the public, and guests are encouraged to bring their lunches.
The Old Courthouse is hosting a series of Saturday Historic Holiday Concert programs. The public the have the chance to travel back in time and experience historic holiday music, dancing and food demonstrations from days gone by.
On Saturday, December 14, visitors can enjoy "Celebrate an 1813 St. Louis Holiday", from Noon - 1 p.m. with a concert by LaPettic Chanteurs and from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m., the entertainment continues with Booneslick Strings & dancing.
On Saturday, December 21, beginning at 9 a.m., Dance Mistress Deborah Hyland will host a dance workshop designed to prepare students to take part in an "1863 Holiday Ball." From noon to 4 p.m., the Mt. Vernon, Ill.,-based Independent Silver Band, will be on hand to perform a mix of authentic American music from the 19th and early 20th centuries, while the versatile Hyland dances alongside a variety of historic characters from St. Louis' past - all adorned in period costumes from the day.
The Saturday Historic Holiday Concert Series will conclude on January 5, 2014, with a "1764 Twelfth Afternoon Ball." From noon to 4 p.m., guests will enjoy music by Dennis Stroughmatt et L'Esprit Creole and dance instruction from Dance Mistress Deborah Hyland, who will be joined by a variety of costumed historical characters from St. Louis' past.
Food Historian Suzanne Corbett will present a display of treats from 250 year old recipes common to St. Louis dinner tables during the holiday seasons. At 2:00 the King's Cake will be served and the Kings and Queens of the Mardi Gras will be crowned.
"With so much of St. Louis' history being housed in the Old Courthouse, we look forward to taking area residents on a trip back in time by hosting these events," said Ann Honious, Chief of Museum Services and Interpretation, Jefferson National Expansion Memorial. "Our Saturday Historic Holiday Concert series is a great way for young and old alike to celebrate the holiday season by experiencing the holiday celebrations of generations past."
The Old Courthouse is located at 11 North 4th Street in Downtown St. Louis, and is open daily from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with the exception of Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Years Day. For more information on the upcoming Saturday Historic Holiday Concert Series events, call 314-655-1614.
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com) - In 1826, construction of the original Federal Style Courthouse began on land donated for use as a public square by Auguste Chouteau and J.B.C. Lucas. Construction on the existing Greek Revival style Courthouse began in 1839 and continued through several transitions until 1862.
The courthouse was the scene of many rallies, speeches and several important trials, including the suit by Dred Scott for freedom from slavery and Suffragist Virginia Louisa Minor for the right to vote.
A special exhibit, Dred Scott, Slavery and The Struggle to Be Free, is currently on display in the Rotunda of the Old Courthouse. The exhibit describes several aspects of African-American society and culture, from slavery to free black business owners to the "colored aristocracy" of rich landowners.
In 1940, the city of St. Louis deeded the Old Courthouse to the Federal Government. Today, this nineteenth-century courthouse features restored courtrooms, a decorated dome, Dioramas, the "Gateway To The West" film and galleries depicting the history of St. Louis.
The Old Courthouse, part of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial Park, is open to the public daily from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. Admission is free.
The park features the Gateway Arch, designed by architect Eero Saarinen who won the design competition in 1947. The stainless steel structure rises 630 feet high from a 60-foot foundation and spans 630 feet at ground level. Its classic weighted catenary curve sways 1/2" - 1" in 20 mph wind. Construction on the nation's tallest memorial began in 1961 with the "topping out" in 1965 and dedication in 1966.
At night, horse drawn carriages and live music add to the downtown atmosphere. Nearby, sightseeing excursions offer additional choices for entertainment.
Directions: The Old Courthouse is located at 11 North Fourth Street, just west of the Gateway Arch. The building is approximately two blocks north of Busch Stadium, home of St. Louis Cardinals baseball. Approximately five blocks to the north is the America's Center and Dome Stadium, home of the St. Louis Rams football. The Scottrade Center, home of the St. Louis Blues, is located just 10 blocks west of the Old Courthouse.
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