St. Louis Metromorphosis: the Significance of a City Across the Centuries 

April 25 – 26, 2014 | UMSL, JC Penney Conference Center

Across its 250-year history, St. Louis has stood at the crossroads of momentous national and global developments.

This two-day conference will gather national and local speakers to consider the critical role played by St. Louis in different eras and how recent research has reshaped our understanding of the city’s significance.  The conference will conclude with a discussion about why this history matters to us today.

Featured Speakers & Events:

  • Stephen Aron- author of, American Confluence: The Missouri Frontier from Border Land to Border State
  • William Barnes, co-author of, The New Regional Economies: the U.S. Common Market and the Global Economy
  • Tracy Campbell, author of, The Gateway Arch: a Biography
  • Patricia Cleary, author of, The World, The Flesh, and the Devil: A History of Colonial St. Louis
  • Anne Hyde, 2012 Bancroft Prize Winner and author of, Empires, Nations and Families: A History of the North American West, 1800-1860
  • Clarence Lang, author of, Grassroots at the Gateway: Class Politics and Black Freedom Struggle in St. Louis, 1936-1975
  • A French Celebration of King Louis IX’s 800th Birthday: 25 April 1214 – 25 April 2014 (for Dinner Address attendees)
  • Books from featured speakers will be available for purchase and signing. 


  • One Day Attendance: $30
  • Two Day Attendance: $50
  • Dinner Address: $35

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