St. Louis is turning 250 in 2014, and the STL250 has several events planned to mark theocassion.
The party starts during First Night at Grand Center."We will be there in Strauss Park with United Way and Missouri History Museum, and we'll be doing lots of hands-on activities," said Erin Budde, executive director of STL 250. "It's a good time to come in and get your head around the whole celebration."
Stop by to create birthday hats, sign up for birthday-related volunteer opportunities (the organization is looking for 250,000 volunteers to donate a million hours of time to the improving the region), and vote for the Cakeway to the West contest, a public vote to determine the places that are "quintessentially St. Louis."
The birthday festivities really heat up during Birthday Bash weekend Feb. 14-17. The Missouri History Museum will debut its "250 in 250" exhibit. Families can also take part in interactive exhibits and activities, including musical performances. Visit Art Hill on Friday, Feb. 14 from 4:30 to 10:30 p.m. for Burnin' Love. Art Hill will be transformed to "Heart Hill," and visitors will find live music, fire dancers, a fireworks display, and crafts and activities. Also, during the Birthday Bash weekend, families can watch a historic re-enactment of key moments in St. Louis history. The re-enactment will be at St. Louis City Hall on Saturday, Feb. 15, and reservations are requested.
STL250 is also creating curriculum for parents and educators about St. Louis history, which will be available online in January. Later in the year, students will be invited to participate in Candles on the Cake, an opportunity to research and create a project about an aspect of St. Louis' history. The top 250 projects will be honored during a ceremony next December.
"St. Louis' best days are here to come, and together we will make this an anniversary we will cherish and remember forever," said St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay. "As co-host of that party, I urge you to think about how you will become involved in the celebration and in helping the region move forward with great enthusiasm, optimism, collaboration and pride."