August 2017 
L'Hesperian Monthly

Chatillon-DeMenil Mansion
August 2017 Newsletter

Summer is almost over, and with it (hopefully) the extreme heat. We had an event on the hottest day of the year so far, and it was a doozy. However, we stayed committed to our standards and toughed it out! Soon, school will start again and we will be seeing buses of students in our halls. 

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 many 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 re-enactments, please contact us, as we would love to work with you! 
Become a Member!

We Received Another Award! 

Winning an award is almost always a good feeling, and the same is for us when the Mansion receives recognition! Yelp, the online customer review, and rating website/application, is a big deal in the consumer world! It is often that we hear of some Yelp review horror stories. However, we could not be happier to announce that Yelp sent the Chatillon-DeMenil Mansion a congratulatory certificate for our nearly perfect rating! Yelp presented us with this certificate, pictured above, as well as their iconic "People Love us on Yelp" sticker in celebration of our 4.6-star rating! This recognition, that many businesses strive for, just goes to show how dedicated we are to making sure our customers are happy.
Thank you to everyone who left us a review! Keep 'em comin'! 

Bastille Day 2017 Recap

Bastille Day 2017 was a huge success! We had visitors coming in through the whole day, with passers by stopping as well. 

Bill Hart sang "La Marseillaise" from the front balcony and Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette were in attendance and then promptly beheaded after a storming of the mansion. Smoke filled the air as the Artillerie Francaise de Louisiane and the Guyenne Regiment gave cannon and rifle demonstrations, and all this was followed by traditional dancing on the terrace by Dance Discovery. The STL French Quarter Food Truck served amazing gumbo and sandwiches all day adding to the French flair!
Check them out here!

Thank you to everyone who came and everyone who donated!
Vive la France! 

History Corner: Alexander the Intellectual

 Alexander Nicholas DeMenil, the son of Dr. Nicholas DeMenil and Emilie Sophie Chouteau DeMenil, although overlooked by historical scholarship, remains a pertinent component in the history of St. Louis that reverberates national sentiment. The sheer immensity of his endeavors shows that his well-heeled status did little to impede on his lifelong scholarship and intense involvement in literary, political, historical, and fraternal organizations.

His abhorrence of ragtime culture and authors such as Mark Twain and Walt Whitman assert the conviction that, indeed, “the pen is mightier than the sword”. Alexandercreated a literary journal entitled: “The Hesperian: A Western Quarterly Illustrated Magazine” (1894-1917), (from which this Newsletter gets it's name) which touted itself as the most serious scholarly criticism in the West. His involvement and contribution to local politics spanned a quarter of a century, he was the president and vice-president of a plethora of organizations ranging from the Missouri Historical Society, Belgium Relief Fund, and the Select Knights of America.

There is so much to be said about Alexander DeMenil, that he could be a topic of a whole seminar. One thing is certain, he was a pioneer of his time and was deeply rooted in St. Louis. Come by for a tour to learn more about Alexander and his ties to the 1904 World's Fair and more!


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