The Calendar of Upcoming Events
Historical Hawken House – The Early Years
Special Exhibit June 1- October 31, 2018
An in-depth look at life in Webster Groves during the late 1800s featuring clothing, family facts and memorabilia from the Webster Groves Historical Society Collection.
Special thanks to Donia Hunter and the Hawken House Docents.
2018 Concert Series
Legends and First Hand Accounts of Ghosts in Webster Groves, Missouri
7:00 pm Monday, October 23, 2017
Hearth Room – Behind the Hawken House Museum
1155 South Rock Hill Road, Webster Groves, MO 63119
Stories Behind the North Webster Walk: A Panel Discussion
7:00 pm Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Winifred Moore Auditorium, 470 E. Lockwood, Webster Groves, MO 63119
Join the Webster Groves Historical Society and the Kirkwood Historical Society as we honor our 2017 honorees. The banquet is a formal buffet dinner with a cash bar and interviews with our honorees who will discuss their history with and thoughts about the infamous Turkey Day Game. Make your reservations now.
Webster Groves Historical Society 2017 Concert Series Was a Great Success
Thanks to everyone who joined us this summer for a relaxing evening of acoustic music on the front lawn of the Hawken House Museum. We hope you enjoyed the shows! We starting to pan for next year’s concert series. If you have any ideas on how to improve, let us know.
Monday, June 12, 7-9 PM The Mighty Pines American bluegrass and country music with original compositions.
Monday, July 10, 7-9 PM Falling Fences Traditional Irish music, original compositions, and unique covers of classics.
Monday, August 14, 7-9 PM Ari A singer/songwriter who performs beautiful songs of femininity with a Mexican influence.
Monday, September 11, 7-9 PM Rosewood Classic 1960s folk music… from guys who lived it.
Webster Groves Historical Society 2016 Concert Series
Join us for a relaxing evening of music on the front lawn of the Hawken House Museum. The concerts are FREE (but donations are always welcome!) Concerts start promptly at 7:00 pm and last until 9:00 pm. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy the show!
WGHS Concert series #4 Monday, August 8 – Steve Ewing presented by Webster Groves Rotary Club
WGHS Concert series #3 Monday, September 12 – Miss Jubilee
WGHS Concert series #2 – Monday, July 11 – The Fog Lights
On a beautiful Monday night Webster residents and friends gathered to listen to the Fog Lights.
WGHS Concert Series #1- June 13, 2016 – Javier Mendoza
Javier Mendoza performed at the Hawken House on Monday, June 13. About 150 Hawken House neighbors defied forecasts of threatening weather and were rewarded with a terrific performance by Javier Mendoza, who performed for two hours from the front porch of the Hawken House. An occasional drop of rain did not dampen the crowd’s enthusiastic response, and we are so delighted they were so delighted! This was the first of our Monday night summer concert series, thanks to funding by the Crossroads Business District at Big Bend and Elm. Stay tuned. We will be announcing the final two concerts soon.
THE WOMEN OF 1916
An historic display at the Christopher Hawken House and Museum
Nineteen-sixteen was a presidential election year just like 2016. It was a year charged with emotion, controversy and women’s issues—just like this year. Women were not allowed to vote in many states and that included the State of Missouri. To add salt to the wound the National Democratic Convention was held in St Louis on June 14, 15, 16, in the old Coliseum on Locust Street. The City was filled with politicians, the press, suffragists from all over the country. Hotels and restaurants were booked solid, the streets jammed with traffic.
Democrat President Woodrow Wilson was running for re-election. He was not supportive of allowing women to achieve the vote nor discussing a Constitutional Amendment allowing women the right to vote.
So, St Louis that June was the perfect stage upon which suffragists could and did stage a gigantic demonstration known as The Golden Lane.
Each room of Hawken House has mannequins dressed in authentic 1916 attire and placards discussing a suffragist’s issue. In addition, on the lower level of the Hawken House is a display of late 19th Century, early 20th Century political buttons and memorabilia.
Webster Groves Historical Society Celebrated its 50th Birthday Party on May 28, 2016
The Webster Groves Historical Society 50th birthday party was held in Southwest Park on Saturday, May 28, 2016 – the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend from 11 AM to 4 PM.
Because the end of school in the Webster Groves School District was Thursday, May 26, the party also served as a district-wide “end of school” party.
The main event of the party was the playing of vintage baseball by the St. Louis Brown Stockings and the St. Louis Perfectos of the vintage baseball league. These teams played baseball as it was originally designed in 1860. Areas of the park also had old-fashioned games, such as apple bobbing, potato sack races, and egg races.
The Webster Groves Historical Society would like to thank everyone involved who made this 50th birthday party a success – including the weather! The grass was dry enough to play base ball and Steve “Mordecai” Loher made the Webster team’s first “ace.” Webster lost to the Perfectos 9-6 but we have won the hearts and minds of our Webster “cranks.” The Webster Athletics are the guys on their knees in the first row. We thank members of the Brown Stockings who helped fill the other needed positions on the field.
The party was free to the public and guests were encouraged to wear any era costume to celebrate the history of Webster Groves.
Life on the Eve of World War I
Enjoy a glimpse of life as it was 100 years ago in Webster Groves. An exhibit opens on Sunday April 27th at Historic Hawken House, 1155 South Rock Hill Road. Each room of the house features memorabilia from the 1910’s on loan from friends of the Webster Groves Historical Society. See everything from spectacular ball gowns, reminiscent of the “Downton Abby” series, to a collection of period Cracker Jack prizes, from a vintage Red Cross uniform to a candlestick phone with wood subset.
A special open house featuring refreshments, a restored 1913 automobile, and demonstration of the 1910’s Edison phonograph, plus guided tours will be held on Sunday, April 27th from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. In addition, a vintage tag sale will be in the lower level of the Hawken House. Admission to the house is $4 per person for individuals age 12 and older. Children are free.
More information may be obtained by calling 314-968-1857. The exhibit will run through Thanksgiving and may be seen any Sunday from 1:00-4:00, and Tuesday or Thursday from 11:00-3:30