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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 408-315-5121 or 314-394-1280