NiNi Harris


Author/historian NiNi Harris has researched and written 15 books on St. Louis history and architecture. Her education began with her grandmother recalling tales of life in the old immigrant communities as she baked cakes and pies from scratch. Much of Harris’s time is spent digging through crumbling records, documenting the history of this great City. Her works have explored the stories of the waves of immigrants who built St. Louis’s remarkable brick neighborhoods and great Gothic and Romanesque churches. She has written about the profound effect of World War One and World War Two on this river metropolis. Her books recall the role St. Louis played in opening the American West and in the Union victory in the Civil War.


This Valentine's Day, the Missouri History Museum opens its doors to Calvin Riley, a renowned St. Louis historian, who will be discussing his latest masterpiece, 'Black St. Louis.' The illustrated book is a testament to the city's 260 years of

In 2006, Calvin Riley was left with a decision whether to sell thousands of artifacts or to start a museum. "They said you can think about the history or you can think about the money," Riley said. But they weren't just any

Calvin Riley is visiting the Missouri History Musuem Tuesday to take you through the colorful and history-filled pages of his illustrated book, Black St. Louis.


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