Saturday, December 29, 2007

Livin' History... 

In the spring I co-teach, with my partner Judy, a course called Live-In in which students create documentaries about and in the histroic town of Ste. Genevieve, MO. This year we're expanding the course from a trimester to a semester. Along with the expansion comes an opportunity to build more historic context around our students' understanding of the French colonial and early American history of Ste. Gen. Towards that end I've been putting together a map of various sites we may study/visit in the St. Louis area.

While the map is still in its early stages I'm looking for feedback, additions, criticisms, etc. One change already in mind is improved/contextual icons as replacements for the standard Google map markers.

In addition to the map, I've been collecting links that deal with the history of St. Louis and the surrounding area on my delicious site. There is more information there that should be integrated into the map.

What else?
Where would you go..? What would you read, watch?, do?...to broaden and depen understanding of our history?

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Friday, December 28, 2007


And since my only release is this, here goes:

Contact: Steven Fitzpatrick Smith
Proprietor, The Royale

First ever St. Louis Caucus to be held same night as Iowa Caucus

St. Louis, Mo. - Gearing up for the primary election season the Young
Democrats of Greater St. Louis will welcome Democratic activists to
The Royale Food and Spirits for an old fashioned caucus to pick a
presidential candidate for the Democratic Party.

The event will begin at 8pm at the Royale Food and Spirits at 3132
South Kingshighway. The results of the caucus should be available
around 9:30pm January 3rd while the rest of the night will be
dedicated to watching the Iowa returns. You are invited to send a
camera and/or reporter to watch the St. Louis Caucus as well as the
Iowa Caucus results.
The Caucus will be hosted by 9th Ward Democratic Committeeman Ron Auer
and will be monitored by Kyle Dubbert, Republican Supervisor of the
Saint Louis City Election Board. While the caucus is non-binding, it
will reflect the much anticipated Iowa Caucus and emphasis the caucus
Missouri used to hold.

"This event will give St. Louis voters a chance to participate in a
caucus and to give a glimpse into how the voters in Missouri are
feeling about the presidential Election." says St. Louis City
Democratic party Chairman Brian Wahby. "In a couple of weeks we might
be able to say as goes the Royale so goes Missouri!"

The participants will determine a single winner for Democratic ticket
through the mock-caucus. All who intend on voting for the Democratic
ticket are welcome to participate. Not only will the event will serve
to provide a lesson in how the Caucus system works, it will also gauge
St. Louis City voters on their choice for the upcoming February 5th
Representatives of candidates running for President are encouraged to
participate and to persuade caucus goers to support their candidate.

For more information please contact Steven Fitzpatrick Smith, The
Royale Food & Spirits 314-772-3600
theroyale@gmail.com, or Martin Casas with the Young Democrats of
Greater St. Louis at martcasas@gmail.com.

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Saturday, December 22, 2007

Hardware Wars 

I remember watching this in third or fourth grade in our open classroom at Henry Hough Elementary School. Henry Hough is Great Stuff. And so is this:

Damn! I love YouTube!


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Tuesday, December 11, 2007

You gotta eat.... 

...so you might as well eat at the benefit brunch for the Folk School at the Schlafly Bottleworks this Sunday. Ten percent of the proceeds will go to help the Folk School make its move to Maplewood.

From the Schlafly web site:

Sunday, December 16
at Bottleworks

Help us support our community by attending one of our benefit brunches, where we donate 10% of our sales to a worthy non-profit. This brunch benefits Folk School and will assist them in moving to their new space in Maplewood. Find out more at www.folk-school.com. 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

See ya there!

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