In people? In places? In images, moments, objects?
Try all five.
With its latest exhibition, the
And if you're thinking that's probably a lot to take in -- well, it is. But relax: The exhibition, which opens Friday, will run through
"We knew when we decided to do an anniversary exhibit that we didn't want to just focus on one aspect of
"We really wanted to capture the richness, diversity and complexity of the city's history as a whole -- from the very beginning, up until today," he says. "So that's why we came up with these categories."
The exhibition defines
"You'll find stories that actually happened before the city was founded," Sowell says, such as background on a ceremonial lance used by the
The exhibition doesn't give equal weight to all of the years from 1764 to the present: "It's always harder to find materials from the very early days of
As to deciding what to include in "250 in 250," he says the process involved "debate and discussion, and a few fights."
"We brought a big selection of our staff together," Sowell says. "And we'd get together and hash it out. It was really just through messy, long conversations. None of us got all of our choices, which I think was part of the fun."
Among those included in the "50 People" category:
"We really were trying to find people who made their mark in
But "250 in 250" is not intended to be the last word on who -- or what -- went into creating the place known as the Gateway to the West.
"We can't possibly capture every story that should be told about
What "250 in 250: 50 People, 50 Places, 50 Images, 50 Moments, 50 Objects" --When Opens Friday; runs through
BURNIN' LOVE WILL WARM UP
"This will be one of our first events outside in the winter," Bode says. "So it'll be interesting. But one of the challenges of playing live music is having to deal with all of the different variables."
Presented by stl250, the organization spearheading the yearlong celebration of the city's milestone year, "Burnin' Love" is one of several events to be held this weekend in honor of the founding of
That it also coincides with a recent run of horrendously frigid weather, not so much. But that aside, Budde has high hopes for the turnout.
"We're thinking 25,000 people, if the weather's not bad," she says. But if it doesn't turn out that way, Budde says, there's the option of moving the action under heated tents.
And there should be plenty of action -- including fireworks, fire dancers and the star of the show: a 25-foot-tall heart that will be set on fire. With safety precautions, of course.
In keeping with the
But organizers are hoping that music will enhance the romantic mood and attract audiences. Also performing are
The idea was to feature artists who "sound like
Because of its name, some people may think of the "Burnin' Love Festival" as
But "Burnin' Love" refers to St. Louisans' passion for their city and each other, Budde says.
"Hopefully, we won't disappoint them," she adds with a laugh.
What Burnin' Love Festival --When
OTHER STL250 ACTIVITIES THIS WEEKEND
The Biggest Birthday Ball
The Biggest Birthday Bash
Cakeway to the West
When Starting Friday --Where 250 locations --How much Free --More info stl250.org --Don't be surprised if you see a lot of cakes around town as the city celebrates its 250th. The Gateway to the West is now the Cakeway to the West -- as in birthday cake. Two-hundred-fifty cakes -- fiberglass sculptures, each decorated to commemorate their location -- will be stationed at key spots. You can't miss them: Each cake is 4 feet tall. stl250's smartphone app includes an interactive directory of the cakes and their locations' historic significance.
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