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Visions of Common Ground: Land Use Evolution in Kirkwood’s African American Community

Tuesday, February 21, 2012 @ 7:00 PM-8:30 PM

Featured Speaker: David Lobbig, Curator of Environmental Life, Missouri History Museum

The Missouri History Museum’s Kirkwood Roots multimedia exhibit explores the history and culture of African American communities in Kirkwood, Missouri. The first suburb west of the Mississippi River, Kirkwood, is now one of the St. Louis metropolitan area’s many municipal districts. Prior to the town’s charter in 1853, Kirkwood’s African Americans had been farmsteading in what had been a rural landscape.

Often overlooked or underestimated, the town’s African American community persisted and grew along with the expanding municipality, witnessing changes in land use such as railway connections to Chicago; an influx of other, especially white, settlers; the dissolution of farms and open spaces; and the suburban boom times after World War II.

Missouri History Museum Environmental Life Curator, David Lobbig, expands and enhances our understanding of changes in land use and lifeways in this behind-the-scenes talk on the research and interviews that went into developing Kirkwood Roots.

Presented in conjunction with the multimedia installation Kirkwood Roots on display at the Missouri History Museum through February 26, 2012.

To be held at: Missouri History Museum – Lee Auditorium

Lindell and DeBaliviere in Forest Park

St. Louis, Missouri 63112

FREE and OPEN to ALL. Middle and high school students welcome.

Parking free in Museum lots or in Forest Park.


Tuesday, February 21, 2012
7:00 PM-8:30 PM
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