April 2017 
L'Hesperian Monthly

Chatillon-DeMenil Mansion
May 2017 Newsletter

The rains have arrived, but with those rains comes the flourishing of our garden! Wedding season is in full swing and our first wedding of the year happened last Saturday. Now that the weather seems to be warm for the time being, we at the DeMenil have a lot planned for this season and we hope you will get involved with it! 

Cherokee-Lemp History Walk Recap

As you may have read in our April Newsletter, we were planning to take part in the Cherokee-Lemp History Walk. The day was a complete success! Here at the DeMenil, we had an open house with self-guided tours and plenty of docents to answer any questions that may have popped up.
Mystic Valley came from over in Maplewood to set up shop as our Cherokee Cave Emporium and did very well. The rest of Cherokee was bustling with history buff and the curious alike! If you couldn't come out for the day, then come by for a guided tour Wednesday-Friday 11am-2pm and Saturday 11am-3pm! 

Things Remembered

One of the most famous caves in St. Louis is actually about 40 feet under the mansion. Cherokee cave is the very cave that the Lemps used for lagering beer, and the same cave that Lee Hess discovered ancient animal bones. Lee Hess purchased the caves below the DeMenil and opened the Cherokee Cave Museum in front of the mansion, about where I-55 crosses over Cherokee Street. Hess used the mansion as a base of operations of sorts before selling it to the State of Missouri in the 1960s. Recently, an article came out about Cherokee Cave, and subsequently The Chatillon-DeMenil Mansion, in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Check out the link to the article below, and if you would like a piece of history for yourself, we have reprinted old postcards that were once sold in Hess' museum shop! 
Cherokee Cave Article

Ghosts Among Us!

Is the DeMenil haunted? We don't know, but we'd like to. 
Author Stephen Walker, author of Lemp: The Haunting History, Recently released his newest book, Ghosts Among Us: True Stories of The Paranormal. In this book, Walker has compiled the stories of St. Louis hauntings and various other places from those who experienced strange and unusual happenings. The DeMenil is included in those stories. We do not know the relevance of these stories, but it sure does make you wonder. We are hoping to carry the book in our gift shop soon. When we do, come pick up a copy!

Rain Rain, Go Away! 

Our first wedding of the year took place this past Saturday, April 29th. Rain inevitably washed away hopes of an outside wedding, but we spruced up the carriage house and carried on with a beautiful ceremony anyway! If anything, this is a testament to our flexibility and adaptability that we are often praised for. 
We were able to fit 92 guests into the carriage house, with a wedding party and officiant. Sometimes an inside wedding is just as beautiful as an outside wedding.
Congratulations to the happy, and dry, couple! 

Bastille Day 2017

Just a quick announcement that the Chatillon-DeMenil's biggest event of the year, Bastille Day, is coming up! Bastille Day is a French National Holiday commemorating the raiding of the Bastille and a turning point in the French Revolution. This year, the DeMenil's festivities will take place on Sunday, July 9th. We will have more information at a later date, but all the favorites, dancing, eating, and beheading, will all be present again this year!
Stay tuned! 

Become a supporting member today! 

The Chatillon-DeMenil Mansion could not do what we do if it wasn't for our gracious donors. As a non-profit, we rely on our donors and our rentals to keep the doors open and continue to educate our visitors on the vast history within our walls and of St. Louis. 
Please, consider becoming a member. Each member receives a discount in our gift shop, free historical tours of the mansion, and is invited to our annual Members Holiday Party each year. Along with that, donations are tax deductible! 

Want to Volunteer?

We also owe great thanks to our volunteers here at the mansion. Without our volunteers, we would struggle to keep our events running smoothly. 
We are always looking for volunteers to help around the mansion or help run events. With a small staff and a large amount of events held here, we need your help. All volunteers become members of the Mansion and thus receive invites to our events, free tours, and 10% off of gift shop items! Sign up today! 


Along with volunteers, we are always in need of historical reenactors! If you or someone you know does historical reenactments, please contact us, as we would love to work with you! 
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