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Local History Author Event – Don Corrigan, Ann Good, Annie Blum
December 7 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Authors Don Corrigan (Forest Park), Annie Amantea Blum (The Steamer Admiral) and Ann Good (St. Louis Cardinals A to Z) will be presenting on these beloved St. Louis history topics as well as signing books. Books will be available for purchase at the event and proof of purchase is required to enter the signing line.
Don Corrigan will discuss Forest Park. At 1,293 acres, Forest Park exceeds the size of New York’s Central Park by nearly 500 acres, and within are lakes, hills, wetlands, woodlands, and bountiful recreational opportunities. Within a few decades of its 1876 opening, Forest Park became the host for the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair, as well as the 1904 Summer Olympics. Known as the “Heart of St. Louis,” the park features amazing attractions, such as the Saint Louis Zoo, the Saint Louis Art Museum, the Missouri History Museum, The Muny, and the Saint Louis Science Center. Today, the park continues to host remarkable events, including Fair St. Louis, Earth Day, Shakespeare in the Park, and LouFest.
Don Corrigan is editor-in-chief of three newspapers in the St. Louis area for Webster-Kirkwood Times, Inc. He is also an award-winning professor of journalism at Webster University in its School of Communications. He is the author of five books on communications, the environment, and the outdoors. Holly Shanks is a freelance journalist in the St. Louis area and a cum laude graduate of Webster University, with a degree in journalism and certificate of outdoor and environmental journalism. Don Corrigan & Holly Shanks write and report regularly on the green/outdoor blog EnvironmentalEcho.com.
Annie Amantea Blum will discuss The Steamer Admiral. John Streckfus began his small Acme Company in 1889 with one wooden packet boat, the steamer Verne Swain, out of Rock Island, IL, carrying people and goods on the Mississippi River. His business grew, but each year brought competition from the growing railroads. He decided that excursion boats were the only way to compete. He built the steamer J.S. in and “tramped” her from town to town offering excursions and dance cruises. The flagship, the steamer Admiral, was far above the others. She provided excursions, fun, and memories for almost 40 years.
Annie Amantea Blum has lived close to the river in St. Louis, MO, all of her life. She is a retired teacher and school counselor and author. She worked for 16 summers on the steamer Admiral, the most wonderful excursion boat on the Mississippi River. The pictures in her book come from St. Louis Mercantile Library on the campus of the University of Missouri–St. Louis, which houses the Streckfus Papers, and from the personal collection of her husband, Capt. Jim Blum.
Ann Good will discuss St. Louis Cardinals history. A native of St. Louis, Ann grew up in Webster Groves, which she has described as “one of the best places ever” to spend a childhood. Ann’s career path has taken her from radio to the CIA, and now author. Her love of baseball comes naturally from growing up in St. Louis, as well as several familial connections to the Cardinals. She published a book in 2016 titled Washington Nationals A to Z, and is excited to present her newest book on the beloved Cardinals, St. Louis Cardinals A to Z.
- The Novel Neighbor