Originally Broadcast 6/8/2009:

Producer Jim Kirchherr explores the history of Forest Park in downtown St. Louis. In 1914, St. Louis celebrated the 150th anniversary of the city. This was a four day event in the form of a grand Pageant and Masque. Charlotte Rumbold, a reformist and city secretary during the early 1900s, tried motivating citizens to come together and play together after working on city projects. Dwight Davis, public parks commissioner of St. Louis, also believed that playgrounds and parks would make healthier living conditions for each person. During the transformation process, most of the buildings in Forest Park were destroyed, while the St. Louis Zoo and the Municipal Theatre are created.

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