Events Announced for STL's 250th Anniversary

By Katlyn Moncada
In Culture

stl250_waterwebThe 250th anniversary of St. Louis will bring a year’s worth of event-planning to celebrate the milestone in 2014. Stl250, a volunteer, non-profit organization and master of ceremonies next year, announced the extensive lineup of events yesterday in the Grand Hall of the Missouri History Museum with Mayor Francis Slay, stl250 executive director Erin Budde and stl250 co-chairs Tom and Carol Voss.

The organization has partnered with other businesses and organizations around the region to host signature events, starting with First Night in Grand Center for New Year’s Eve. Since historians do not have the exact date when Auguste Chouteau first stepped onto St. Louis ground to plant a fur trading site for Pierre Lacléde in February of 1764, an entire weekend will be spent to honor the city’s founding Feb. 14 through Feb. 16, 2014.

For those looking to spend their Valentine’s Day like no other, the Burnin’ Love Festival at Art Hill in Forest Park will include live performances, fireworks, an installment of a 25-foot heart on fire and more. The event on Art Hill will also hold a 250 couple engagement ceremony that will hopefully break the record for most engagements held at one location.

Starting Feb. 15, 250 4-foot-tall ornamental cakes will be unveiled at popular landmarks around town for Cakeway to the West. Vote for 50 of the locations to be included through Jan. 3.

The stl250 app will allow you to "check in" and learn the history of one of the 250 locations with cakes. Photo illustration courtesy of stl250.

The stl250 app will allow you to “check in” and learn the history of one of the 250 locations with cakes. Photo illustration courtesy of stl250.

Visitors who find the cakes will be invited to “check in” on their phones using the stl250 app developed by Arch Grants recipient Candy Lab to learn history about that site and participate in a sweepstakes for St. Louis prizes. The app will also serve as a place for feedback and sharing stories of experiences throughout the year.

A historical reenactment with narration at Laclede’s Landing will include the arrival of Auguste Chouteau, Pierre Laclede and more on Feb. 15.

1902 Naional Colortype after E. Cameron Founding Painting courtesy of stl250.

1902 Naional Colortype after E. Cameron Founding Painting courtesy of stl250.

The Biggest Birthday Bash will take place over the course of the weekend with food, interactive exhibits and music.  To close out the weeking, more than 700 people are expected to attend the Biggest Birthday Ball at the Missouri History Museum on Feb. 16.

Not only are there signature events and partner events, but stl250 encourages involvement in volunteer and sponsor opportunities that are available for events as well as helping organizations with St. Louis Serves. An estimated one million hours of service will be invested in the St. Louis and the surrounding communities within the celebratory year.

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