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!