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Growing Up St. Louis | Jim Merkel | August 6, 2020

August 6 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Growing Up St Louis by Jim Merkel

No matter when or where we grow up, the stories, people,
and places that populate our memories leave an indelible
mark on the manuscript that becomes our life story. A day at
the Louisiana Purchase Exposition in 1904, meatless meals
and hard times during the Great Depression, or knowing
Mark McGwire’s precise homerun count that summer of
1998 become galvanized in our own timelines, while other
details fade into the background.
In Growing Up St. Louis, hear the stories that stuck with more
than a hundred native St. Louisans over the last century, told
by the very people who lived through them. Ranging from
joyous to humdrum, and even to the grim, these childhood
memories offer a glimpse of life in still frame, from the start
of the twentieth century to the present day. A young girl is
transfixed by the Beatles debut on Ed Sullivan and a future
local sportscaster falls in love with sports as he and his dad
watch the 1968 World Series.
With new and old photographs to accompany the essays,
join veteran author Jim Merkel on a journey through ten
decades of coming of age in St. Louis. Whether they spark
nostalgia or empathy, they’ll surely provoke commentary
about how deeply our tender years impact us for the rest of
our lives.

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August 6
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12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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MAC Downtown
405 Washington Avenue
St Louis, MO 63102 United States
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