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250th Anniversary of St. Louis to be celebrated thoughout 2014

St. Louis and Gateway Arch at night
St. Louis and Gateway Arch at night
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St. Louis, Missouri, is prepared to show how a city celebrates a 250th Anniversary. Three years of planning for the full year of 2014 was kicked off on December 31, 2013 with the First Night in Grand Center New Year's Eve event with a 250th birthday theme. All element of the city participated. Grand Center is a four block arts and entertainment district located in midtown St. Louis near Saint Louis University. See many more details at the official website:

The Missouri History Museum has accepted the challenge of "how do you crystallize 250 years" of the city with their "250 in 250" exhibit with showcases snapshots from the history of St. Louis. This exhibit will focus on 50 people, 50 places, 50 moments, 50 images, and 50 objects that reflect the diversity, complexity, and richness of the city's history. The exhibition with run from February 14th through February of the following year.

The city was officially founding in 1764 as a fur trading post by Pierre Laclede and Auguste Chouteau. Chouteau was a very young man when he stepped off a small river boat of Laclede's onto a spot on the grounds now occupied by the Gateway Arch, constructed in 1964. At the time, it was chosen as "little more than a sloping bluff clearing" where shelter was available from the swelling Mississippi River compared to other lowland spots. When Laclede arrived to see the progress on the trading post at the site, later in 1764, he named it "St. Louis in honor of St. Louis IX, the famed 13th century medieval king of France and patron saint of the current king, Louis XV."

A series of events will be held on Valentine's Day weekend, February 14-16, to observe the historic founding of St. Louis. Historians agree the founding occurred in February, be documents that might pinpoint the exact date have been lost to antiquity.

During the 10 months from March through December 2014, a strong sense of civic pride or "community attachment" in its citizens will be spotlighted each month with 10 indicators celebrated: social offerings, leadership, openness, economy, aesthetics, safety, education, social capital, basic services, and civic involvement. A leader was quoted as saying, "We want the region to carry this excitement into the next 50 years."

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