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"To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: ... a time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak" (Ecclesiastes 3:1, 7).
return visit to St. Charles, Missouri, this time a research trip, my steps slow
and my thoughts racing, I let the history-steeped business district
carry me back to 1821. Back to a time when Saint Charles became Missouri’s
capitol city, and remained so until 1826.
The First Capitol Building, an esteemed
Missouri State Historic Site, stands picturesque at 200 South Main Street.
Owned by the Peck Brothers, the upstairs housed the Missouri legislature. In my
imagination’s ear, I could hear the legislators’ heated debates on slavery.
Just as clearly, I imagined Governor Alexander McNair pacing in his office down
the hall and heard the bartering going on below in Peck’s Dry Goods and Hardware
Many historic decisions were made on the roof of
the Missouri’s first State Capitol Building, including . . .
· The Solemn Public Act, upon which Missouri’s
admission to the Union rested, was passed. · November 6, 1821, Governor McNair informed the
Legislature that Missouri had been admitted to
· The State Banking Law of Missouri was voted into
· The General Assembly fought over the decision to
move the Capitol to Jefferson City.
I had found the building for Heinrich’s Dry Goods and Grocery in The
Quilted Heart Novellas.
In a nod to Saint Charles’ historical charm and its strategic role in Missouri’s statehood
and place in history during the Civil War, I placed Heinrich’s Dry Goods store in the Capitol Building, more specifically, where Ruluff
and Charles Peck resided and
ran their Peck Bros. Dry Good
& Hardware store.
May 17-18, 2014, I return to St. Charles for
the Lewis and Clark Heritage Days, where I'll be at the First Capitol Building on Main Street for a Meet & Greet from 1:00
pm to 4:00 pm. If you're in the area, I'd love to see you!
Mona Hodgson is the author of nearly
40 books, historical novels for adults and children's books, including
her popular Sinclair Sisters of Cripple
Creek Series, The Quilted Heart novellas, and Prairie Song, Book 1 in
the Hearts Seeking Home. Her children's books include bestseller, Bedtime
in the Southwest, six desert and princess Zonderkidz I Can Read
books, Real Girls of the Bible: A 31-Day Devotional, and her six I Wonderbooks. www.monahodgson.com