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Lost Treasures of St. Louis

Since I started Distilled History, I’ve been shocked by the number of requests I get to actually stand up and talk about the stuff I’ve written about. But I’ve also realized that I really like doing it. I hope to get a few more in 2017 because of a project I’ve been working on for over eighteen months. I’m happy to announce that my book Lost Treasures of St. Louis will be released by Reedy Press on April 15, 2017.

Lost Treasures of St. Louis isn’t Distilled History in book form, but like this blog, it is a book filled with love for St. Louis. It’s a book of memories, celebrating the places, products, and venues that once called St. Louis home, but are now gone.

I’d welcome any opportunity to talk about Lost Treasures of St. Louis in person. If you have a neighborhood organization, a club, a retail store, a bar or restaurant, or any sort of group that would enjoy a discussion of Lost Treasures of St. Louis or Distilled History (or both), please contact me. My presentations include full slideshows and I often customize presentations based on the group or event. I can even provide the projector.


Upcoming Events:

  • Lost Treasures of St. Louis Book Launch Party – Sunday, April 30, 2015 – 4pm to 7pm at the Campbell House Museum.

Campbell House MuseumI also can’t forget to mention that I can still be found leading tours at the Campbell House Museum. The Campbell House is my favorite bit of history in St. Louis, and the inspiration for what I do here. I don’t have a set schedule, but I’m usually there one or two Saturdays a month. If you’d to like my tour, please send me and email and I’ll let you know when I’ll be there next.

I also lead tours of Lucas Place for the Campbell House, and a few of those are in the process of being scheduled. Both tours are very fun, and I often have special Campbell-themed homebrew on hand that I’ll give you for free when the tour is over (no joke).

Past Events & Other Fun Stuff I’ve Participated In:

  • #drinkuptweetupSTL – Each year, I team up with the Campbell House Museum for a fun history happy hour in the Campbell garden. The third annual tweetup occurred on September 30, 2016
  • Presentation for the Daughters of the American Revolution – March 20, 2017
  • A presentation of “Distilled History’s Best of St. Louis” – Steris Corporation’s Annual Meeting – September 22, 2016
  • “Prohibition in St. Louis” Bicycle Tour – September 5, 2015 & September 24, 2016 (Sponsored by Trailnet)
  • Prohibition in St. Louis Bicycle TourTour leader for a “Ulysses S. Grant Walking Tour” – Sponsored by the Missouri Humanities Council – September 18, 2016
  • “The Story of Beer in St. Louis” – Missouri History Museum’s “History on Tap” series – July 22, 2016
  • “Drinking Up Compton & Dry’s St. Louis” at the Missouri History Museum as part of their exhibit celebrating Compton & Dry’s 1875 Pictorial St. Louis – August 9, 2015
  • Presentation about “The Germans and Beer in St. Louis” for the Germans in St. Louis Discussion Group – October, 2015
  • Presenter at Pecha Kucha 12 (YouTube Link) – September 26, 2013
  • “Distilled History of Gin” A Workshop, Gin Tasting, and Trivia Session at Natasha’s Gin Room – August 8, 2015
  • South St. Louis Brewing Heritage Tours for Landmarks Association of St. Louis
  • St. Louis Architecture Tours for Revitalize St. Louis
  • Fox 2 News interview with John Pertzborn – Summer 2014
  • Emcee for RFT’s 2013 Iron Fork Mixology Competition
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