St. Rose Philippine was a French missionary and a member of the Religious of the Sacred Heart. Today, she is honored with a shrine in St. Charles, the place of her death. According to the Shrine’s website, St. Rose Philippine came to Missouri in 1818. She was devoted to education, especially among Native Americans. This devotion prompted her to open schools in Missouri and Louisiana. Likewise, she was a very prayerful woman. She spent time with the Potawatomi Native Americans of Kansas, and they nicknamed her “Quakahkanumad” which means “woman who prays always.” St. Rose Philippine Duchesne was canonized in 1988.
Megan Rieke painted the cake at the shrine. It is a peaceful blue color, and the flower theme is very pretty. It complements the cake’s surrounding scenery very well!
The St. Charles County Heritage Museum opened in 2010, and it is free to the public. Its exhibits focus on local St. Charles and Missouri history. The museum is situated on Kuhlmann’s Grove, which was a popular gathering spot a century ago. Fritz and Anna Kuhlmann owned Kuhlmann’s Grove, and they hosted picnics and baseball games on the land. Most of the land was taken over by development in the 1970s, but the Kuhlmann’s house remains. The museum is a good reminder of what previously existed on the land.
Gina Harmon painted the cake at the museum. It has a river theme, and it features photos of boats. Different styles of boats are also painted on the cake, and I like how the cake showcases both the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers.
Fort Zumwalt Park is located in O’Fallon, Missouri. The city of O’Fallon’s website describes Fort Zumwalt Park as the most scenic and historic park in O’Fallon. The park has a fort site from the War of 1812, which was the home of the Zumwalt family. Jacob Zumwalt was the father of the family, and he was a Revolutionary War veteran. Fort Zumwalt Park is 48 acres, and its annual Christmastime “Celebration of Lights” is very popular.
Leah Pruitt painted the cake at the park. It features scenes from the park, such as the restored Darius Heald Home. Christmas lights are painted on the top of the cake and the candle to note the Celebration of Lights.
Founded in 1827, Lindenwood University is one of the oldest colleges west of the Mississippi. Its tree-lined, 500-acre campus is located in St. Charles. According to its website, Lindenwood offers 120+ undergraduate and graduate programs. Lindenwood is independent of any religious affiliation, and it takes pride in its liberal arts heritage.
John Troy painted the cake at Lindenwood University. It has a black and gold design, and it features a mythological and Medieval theme. I thought Lindenwood’s mascot may be a knight, but it’s a lion. The cake is cool nonetheless!
Located in Maryland Heights, Creve Coeur Park is quite a popular park. Its main attraction is Creve Coeur Lake, which measures a large 320 acres. According to a pdf on St. Louis County’s website, Creve Coeur Lake is several thousand years old. It formed after a loop came off the Missouri River and became very popular in the late 1800s. However, by the end of Prohibition, the Creve Coeur area had become “almost exclusively a gangster hideout.” (The pdf does not elaborate on where the “gangsters” went.) Four hundred acres of land were donated in 1945 for the creation of Creve Coeur Lake Memorial Park, which makes it the first County park. The cake is located by the boat ramp and Tremayne Shelter, which is named for Bertram W. Tremayne, Jr.; he was an influential lawyer devoted to St. Louis.
Deb Stroh painted the cake at the lake. It’s standing on a bit of a slant, but the surrounding scenery is beautiful. The design features silhouettes playing various games in the park, and the base is blue like the lake. The top of the cake is flower-like, and I really like the flame.
The YMCA of Greater St. Louis, located in Maryland Heights, is one of 17 YMCA branches in the St. Louis area. According to the Y’s website, the YMCA of Greater St. Louis celebrated its 160th anniversary last October. The first YMCA was founded by 23 men, and it was housed in three rented rooms in the Mercantile Library. Today, all the YMCA branches advocate their core values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility.
Keith Cotton painted the cake at the YMCA. It is conveniently located in the lobby overlooking the pool. It features a sports theme; the top of the cake is painted like a basketball. Handprints on the cake show the Y’s positive influence on children, and the base of the cake also proclaims part of the Y’s mission: “We build strong kids & strong families.”
The Missouri Civil War Museum is located in Jefferson Barracks County Park. According to an article in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the museum’s founding director is Mark Trout. The museum opened last summer, over a decade after the museum leased the building from the county in 2002. After countless hours of work and roughly $1.7 million, today the approximate 102-year-old building houses many informative exhibits about the Civil War.
Stuart Schuchardt painted the cake at the museum. It is painted in patriotic colors, and it features Civil War symbols, such as cannons and Union and Confederate flags. A man driving by said that the building across the street from the cake was the former nurses’ quarters.