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Tower Grove Park Lecture Series

The first installment of the Tower Grove Park Lecture Series.

Andrew Hahn
Executive Director of the Campbell House Museum

The Dentist who became the "Pallbearer" of Henry Shaw's St. Louis

Beginning in the 1930s local dentist Dr. William Swekosky began taking photos of old St. Louis buildings as they faced the wrecking ball. Dr. Swekosky was appalled by what he saw as the wholesale destruction of the oldest neighborhood in St. Louis—the riverfront district, which was being systematically demolished by the City and the Federal Government. His images and historical research provide a rare glimpse at St. Louis as the city’s oldest buildings began to disappear. The lecture will take at a close look at a dozen of Dr. Swekosky’s building photos and the fascinating stories they tell. 


Join members of Tower Grove Park and the general public for a free Lecture Series. Guest speakers discuss the history of parks, gardening, and Tower Grove Park.

The Lecture Series takes place at the Stupp Center, located in the Park, at the corner of Arsenal and S. Grand.

Seating is limited and first-come, first-served.

Earlier Event: November 17
Tower Grove Farmer's Market
Later Event: February 22
Black History Month Tree Planting