Historical Society

The Sunset Hills Historical Society, a 501(c)(3) entity, was formed in 2004 and shortly thereafter had offices constructed at City Hall adjacent to the Public Works Office. Their first accomplishment was the update of the History Book of Sunset Hills for the 50th Anniversary of the City. This was augmented with the publication of a separate calendar of historic sites in the city as illustrated by Architect and resident, the late Ed Thias. These books are still available for sale at City Hall.

Historic Preservation

This society's primary mission is the historic preservation and storage of artifacts, chronicling of historical information pertinent to the area and identification of pertinent historic sites in the city. They have readily become known with several local organizations (such as schools) via numerous presentations and programs targeted to these groups. The Sunset Hills Historic Society also garnered loans of items such as this extremely rare 36-star American Flag (circa 1865) as modeled by Society President (2006-2008) Joyce Franklin. The flag is owned by Bill Hopfinger. The Sunset Hills Historical Society is always interested in hearing from those who might have input or items they would like to loan or donate to the organization.


The Sunset Hills Historical Society typically meet on the 4th Monday at City Hall and have notable speakers routinely lined up as the main focus of their meeting agenda.  These meetings are open to the general public and participation is always warmly received.

Sunset Hills Historical Society Honors
Historians of the Year, Morris “Butch” and Linda Thomas  
Launching the 60th Anniversary of the City of Sunset Hills

Sunset Hills, MO – January 16, 2017--- The public is invited to the monthly meeting of the Sunset Hills Historical Society (SHHS) on Monday, January 23 at 7 PM at the Sunset Hills City Hall. The January meeting will launch 2017 by honoring local history buffs and historical society founders, Morris “Butch” and Linda Thomas.

Butch and Linda have been members of the historical society since its inception in 1991. Through the years, Butch has served as President and Linda as Treasurer. They have been business owners in Lemay and are very active in various local activities, including the Sunset Hills Conservation Foundation, as well as volunteering with bringing the Vietnam Memorial Wall to Sunset Hills.

“It is significant that in our relatively young city, we honor those who have contributed to preserving the history of Sunset Hills,” said Nick Dragan, current President of the Sunset Hills Historical Society. “They have been very generous with their support in every way, through their selfless efforts, Butch and Linda have quietly been the driving force in the preservation and celebration of the wonderful history, places, and people of Sunset Hills"

Butch and Linda, as well as their two daughters, have gone through the Lindbergh School system.  After graduation, Morris worked with his father at M. B. Thomas Winnebago in Lemay. He was active in the Lemay Chamber of Commerce, founded the Missouri RV Dealers’ Association, and was on the board of the National RVD Association.

The Thomases have been active in the Sunset Hills Historical Society from the early days, and were involved in the 50th Anniversary of Sunset Hills and the display of the Vietnam Wall at Lindbergh High School.  Butch has served as President of the SHHS for four years, and Linda has been the Treasurer from the beginning.

Butch has been awarded Citizen of the Year from the Sunset Hills Crestwood Chamber of Commerce in 2007 and received the Edgar P. Crecilius award from the Lemay Chamber of Commerce in 1993.

The Sunset Hills Historical Society meetings typically take place on the fourth Monday of the month in the Sunset Hills City Hall, at 3939 South Lindbergh Blvd., in Sunset Hills.

Upcoming Programs of the Sunset Hills Historical Society for 2017:

January 23        Historian of the Year, honoring Morris “Butch” and Linda Thomas

February 27      Civil War, Sunset Hills’ own City Alderman, Mark Colombo, with share his passion for     Civil War knowledge and collectibles as it pertains to Sunset Hills’ history.

March 27           Route 66 - relative to its connection to Sunset Hills and Watson Road

April 8                Earth Day Programming

May 22              Civil War programming, as well as a Memorial Day Tribute & Veteran of the Year

June 22             German Fest   at Watson Trail Park. Wednesday, 5 PM to 8 PM, 
                           featuring German music by the Joe Polach & the St. Louis Express Band,
                           German food and Ted Drewes’ ice cream

The Historical Society is looking to fill the open speaker slots.  If you would like to present or have a suggestion, please contact Jill Arnone via email at jilla@thearnonegroup.com  or call 408-315-5121 or 314-394-1280

Research / Historical Library

In December of 2009 the Historical Society inherited a research/historical library from Joella and Jacqueline Jones, longtime Sunset Hills residents. This is a huge resource of information including genealogy and other pertinent information that dates back to the Egyptians. The Historical Society is currently seeking volunteer(s) to organize and open this information up to the public. For more information, call Joyce Franklin at 314-222-3155 or email Joyce.