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Southampton St Louis History Book Talk and Signing


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Editor Tim Fox will present the book “Southampton St. Louis: An Unconventional History” in a talk and book-signing at Buder Library on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 from 6:30 to 8:00 PM. Admission is free and open to the public.

Southampton St. Louis: An Unconventional History is unlike any other local history book on the shelves. Assembled by a group of authors over a period of five years, it is not a scholarly book. Lavishly illustrated, it is more concerned with what happened than why—or, at least, that’s how a particular author remembered it happening. The book will interest anyone who has lived, worked, played, prayed, or learned in Southampton, one of St. Louis’s hottest and most stable neighborhoods. Southampton St. Louis is organized into seven parts to capture various aspects of life in Southampton:
• “Building Southampton” follows the neighborhood’s growth from the nearby Laclede-Christy Clay Works in post–Civil War St. Louis through the first houses that sprang up around the time of the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair and after World War II.
• “Living Southampton” takes the “stuff” of everyday life—things and events we don’t notice when we are in the midst of living—and records them for posterity.
• “Working Southampton” documents changes that took place in the neighborhood’s business community from the 1930s to the 2010s.
• “Playing Southampton” delivers just what it promises: a lighthearted look at some of the games, hi-jinks, and attractions that have entertained Southamptonians—especially Southampton kids.
• “Praying Southampton” honors the many faiths that have called Southampton home, from Catholics (of course) to Lutherans, Presbyterians, and Christian Scientists.
• “Learning Southampton” recognizes the fine public and private schools that have served the community.
• “Pictorial Southampton” provides a visual history of the neighborhood.

For more information about Southampton: An Unconventional History or to request an interview with the authors, contact Dennis J. Polley at snickden@yahoo.com, 314-607-0458. (Books will be available for purchase and pick-up at the event.) Anyone who pre-ordered the book can pick your copy up this night as well.

Can't make it but still want to order a copy of the book - http://www.southamptonstl.org/history/

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