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Posted on: February 18, 2020

Museum Offers New Films, Programs

Heritage Museum

The St. Charles County Heritage Museum, located at the corner of Heritage Landing and South St. Peters Parkway, is THE place to see dynamic exhibits, watch documentaries and movies, and to participate in arts and crafts, games and other extracurricular activities! You won’t want to miss several new, exciting events on the Museum’s calendar. And best of all –  they’re free…MORE

To register for these events, click on the links below or call 636-949-7535.

  • 2020 Missouri Film Series: Local Documentary Showcase
    This February-May documentary film series will showcase local stories focusing on identity, regionalism and diversity in Missouri communities. After each screening, participants can stay to engage in a discussion about the film. Please note that the films cover adult themes and language; registration is open to individuals age 14 and older.

    All movies will be held at 6:30 p.m.:

    • Feb. 27: “The Pruitt-Igoe Myth” – Directed by a resident of Wentzville, this is the story of a housing complex destroyed in a highly publicized implosion. The Pruitt-Igoe public housing complex became a widespread symbol of failure amongst architects, politicians and policy makers. “The Pruitt-Igoe Myth” explores the social, economic, and legislative issues that led to the decline of conventional public housing in America, and the city centers in which they resided, while tracing the personal and poignant narratives of several of the project’s residents. Watch the trailer.

    • March 26: “Walking Man” – After a Missouri high school loses three students to suicide, Mark Norwine, a St. Charles health advocate, embarks on a 200-mile walk across the state, seeking to educate students and better understand the epidemic. Mark is joined by his son, Eric, but when the road proves difficult, father and son must confront their own mental health struggles, which they’ve kept secret for so long. Endorsed by universities and mental health organizations across the United Sates, “Walking Man” is an honest look at one family’s journey with mental illness. Watch the trailer.

    • April 30: “We Always Lie to Strangers: The Incredible True Story of Branson, Missouri” – Set against the backdrop of Branson, Mo., one of the biggest tourist destinations in America, is a film about four families, community, music and tradition. An Ozark Mountain town of just 10,500, Branson hosts more than 7.5 million tourists a year and generates nearly $3 billion in annual tourism revenue. At the heart of Branson’s appeal is the more than 100 staged music shows that earned the town the moniker of "The Live Music Capital of the World." Crowds from around the country, and particularly from the American Midwest, flock to Branson for this "return to old fashioned values." Watch the trailer.

    • May 28: “Rich Hill” – Three young boys live in desperate poverty in a small Missouri town, south of Kansas City. Stores are closed, people have moved away and farms have been sold. The story of Rich Hill could be told in hundreds of towns across America. Watch the trailer.
  • Recycle to Art: Rag Rugs
    10 a.m.-12 p.m., Saturday, March 7
    Creating a beautiful throw rug from scrap fabric is easy and anyone can do it! At this event, guests will learn the craft of rag rug making and take home a handmade coaster. All materials and instruction included, but participants are welcome to bring additional scraps of fabric.

  • Family Game Night
    6-9 p.m., Thursday, March 12

    Gather your family for a night of games, cards and free popcorn at the museum. Attendees will have the opportunity to play a variety of classic board and card games, go on a museum-themed scavenger hunt, and participate in a Super Mario tournament! Soda and candy will be available for purchase.

  • "Then and Now: American Indian Representation in Missouri"
    6-7 p.m., Thursday, March 19

    More than 30,000 Missouri residents identify with American Indian tribal affiliations. Using data from the United States Census Bureau and other nationally recognized sources, this presentation by Lindsey Kaye Manshack, Public Health Research Coordinator at Washington University, will explore American Indian Representation in Missouri, land and water rights, tribal preservation efforts, representation vs. misrepresentations, and indigeneity among local Missourians.

  • The Eastern Bluebird, Missouri’s State Bird
    1-2 p.m., Saturday, March 21

    Learn about our fascinating and colorful state bird, the Eastern Bluebird, from Master Naturalist Leslie Limberg. A long-time Parks Department volunteer, Leslie will share her efforts in the restoration of the bluebird’s habitat in St. Charles County Parks.

  • Different Dynamics
    6-7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 16
    Enjoy a sensory-friendly evening of stories, music-making, and art for all children, including those on the autism spectrum or with sensory sensitivities. Recommended for ages 5-10, but all children are welcome. Internet registration is closed; please call 636-949-7535 to register.

  • Wild About Birds
    8-11 a.m., Saturday, April 18
    Spring migration is upon us, the birds are singing and it’s prime time to go birding! In this program, St. Charles County Park Rangers and Missouri Master Naturalists will teach about a variety of birds that inhabit our parks. Participants of all ages are welcome to enjoy nest and feeder making, a bird search, and education about hummingbird migration, feeders and nest boxes. The St. Charles City-County Library will have a Pop-up Library at the event focused on books about birds. Bring binoculars if you have them; a limited number of field guides and binoculars will be available on a first come, first serve basis.

  • Painting Stones 101
    10 a.m. –12 p.m., Saturday, April 25
    Add a little creativity, color and personality to your garden by creating a painted stone! Parks staff will help participants determine the best design or pattern. All materials will be provided.

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