May 3 • 1HR 49M

Unseen STL Talks with Jennifer Grotpeter & Leisa Collins

Francis “Frank” Preston Blair and historic buildings of St. Louis

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Chatillon-DeMenil Mansion. Artwork by Leisa Collins

In our April Unseen STL History Talks, we heard from Jennifer Grotpeter & Leisa Collins.

Jennifer told us the history of Francis "Frank" Preston Blair, Jr., a prominent figure in 19th-century St. Louis. Jennifer is the co-author of Watercolor in St. Louis: a Living History of the Gateway City, and you can follow her on Instagram at @grotpeter.

Francis “frank” Preston Blair
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Next, Leisa spoke about examples of historic structures in Benton Park. Leisa is the author of Hand-Painted Homes: An Artist's Pen and Watercolor Journey Across America, and you can learn more about Leisa on her website,

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Check out the previous post to learn more about both women and their talks.

Facebook live streams

Be sure to follow Spine Indie Bookstore and Cafe’s Facebook page for updates and to watch the event live streams each month. For direct links for April’s talks, here’s the live stream for Jennifer and the live stream for Leisa.

Unseen STL Talks in May

Our next Unseen STL History talks will take place on May 18th, from 7-9 pm (doors open at 6 pm), at Spine Indie Bookstore and Cafe, 1976 Arsenal St.

For May, we are super excited to welcome Tim Tucker and Matt Philpott, two of the people who were instrumental in helping Bob Cassilly create the City Museum. This is a rare opportunity to learn more about the vision Cassilly had for the unique attraction and how it all came together. Be sure to arrive early, as we expect a full house!

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