MEDIA ADVISORY: Scholars gather in St. Louis to talk about ‘A Great City From the Start’

WHAT: “A Great City From the Start: The Founding and Lasting Significance of St. Louis” daylong symposium on St. Louis’ 250th anniversary

WHO: Scholars from across the nation will provide their perspectives on the city’s historical significance. Scholars include Washington University in St. Louis’ Peter Kastor, PhD; Yale University’s Jay Gitlin, PhD; and UMSL’s Frederick Fausz, PhD.

WUSTL Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton will host the symposium luncheon at WUSTL and speak about the history of Washington University, which is inextricably entwined with the history of St. Louis, and the university’s significant impact on St. Louis.

Distinguished guests attending the symposium, as well as participating in other events during stl250’s birthday bash weekend Feb. 14-16, are Graham Paul, consul general of France in Chicago; Chief Scott Bighorse, principal chief of the Osage Nation; and Eric Marquis, Quebec’s leading delegate to the U.S. All three dignitaries will present remarks at the luncheon.

WHERE: Lee Auditorium, lower level of the Missouri History Museum, 5700 Lindell Blvd.; luncheon in Anheuser-Busch Hall on Washington University’s Danforth Campus

WHEN: 9 a.m. until 5:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 14; luncheon from noon to 2 p.m.

For more information, call Sue Killenberg McGinn at 314-935-5254 (w) or 314-603-6008 (cell).