Free Events, Lectures, Literary Events

Capturing the City

When: Wed., Sept. 14, 7 p.m. 2016

St. Louis was booming in the early twentieth century, growing beyond its frontier boundaries at a rapid rate. The St. Louis Street Department documented these growing pains, both to record the challenges it faced and to show its progress. Its photos show work in progress, areas needing improvement, finished projects and — quite by chance — the daily life of the city. Joseph Heathcott and Angela Dietz collected some prime images in the new book Capturing the City: Photographs from the Streets of St. Louis. The book is really more of a time machine, showing a St. Louis that is familiar but vastly different: Horses being hoisted out of holes in the street are a rarity these days, and Market Street never has musicians on flatbed trucks anymore urging us to keep the city clean. Heathcott and Dietz discuss their project at 7 p.m. tonight at the Missouri History Museum (Lindell Boulevard and DeBaliviere Avenue; www.mohistory.org). Admission is free.

Paul Friswold

Price: free admission