In 1763 Pierre Laclede sailed from New Orleans up the Mighty Mississippi to find a suitable location for a trading post in the Upper Louisiana territory. He found an ideal location atop a limestone bluff that is now the foot of Market Street. Mission accomplished, Laclede sent his stepson Auguste Chouteau up the river to deal with the details. Chouteau got the ball rolling in 1764, naming the settlement for Louis IX of France, establishing fur trade with the Osage tribe, setting up a water mill, finding ways to stay out of war with the English, all that good stuff.

But there were some things lacking in those days --- you know, amenities like running water, nice hotels, concert venues, restaurants (They didn't even have a decent burger joint!) - all those things that make for a civilized experience.

After 250 years of astounding progress, we are pleased to announce that we have all those things (including good burgers). OK, so don't visit us for comfort food, visit us for an outstanding 2015 North Central Regional Convention with (fanfare, please) great hotels, restaurants, magnificent worship spaces, great performance spaces, unique architecture, lots of neat stuff to see and do --- yes, we now have amenities to the max! . Need I say more? Pierre and Auguste may be wondering, "Pourquoi ne viens-tu pas nous voir?"

Oui? Then click one of the links at the left to get started with your planning to meet us in St. Louis!

Merci beaucoup!