Speaker Series

Fall Speaker Series

September 12, 2019 7:00-8:30pm

John B. Bannon St. Louis Pastor, Confederate Chaplain and International Diplomat

James M. Gallen is a St Louis attorney and member of Evans & Dixon, LLC, concentrating his practice in the defense of all types of workers’ compensation cases. He also has personal experience in ministry, law and education. He is a current and longtime lecturer at Meramec Community College on a variety of historical subjects. Irish priest, John B. Bannon, ordained in 1853, came to the US and was stationed at St. John the Apostle Church in St. Louis. His life changed once the Civil War began, and he left his post in St. Louis and joined the Confederate Army as a Chaplain. He ministered at many familiar battles such as Vicksburg. He was also a secret emissary to the Pope on behalf of the Confederacy.

October 10, 2019 7:00-8:30pm

Electoral College History - the Pros/Cons

Speaker: David Matter, Professor of History and Political Science. 

Matter taught secondary education at Ladue Horton Watkins High School 1970-2009 and currently serves as facilitator and co-facilitator of Washington University’s Life Long Learning Institute; class in American Politics. Being a leader in multi-cultural education in the public school system, he has presented at various national and state conferences. 

November 14, 2019 7:00-8:30pm

Native Gardening Through the Seasons

Speaker: Betty Struckhoff, Master Gardener; speaker for the St. Louis Wild Ones and Native Landscaper’s Series.

Native Gardens still need attention! “Low maintenance” is not the same as “No maintenance.” Whether at a school, community garden, or your own back yard, native gardens need attention throughout the year. This presentation will cover things to do (and not to do) in the fall, as well as maintenance tips for all seasons. We’ll discuss tweaking the design to minimize maintenance, identifying weeds, controlling invasive plants and dealing with aggressive natives. And we’ll touch on ideas for using your plants in holiday arrangements and activities. Join us to learn how to enjoy your garden through all the seasons!