The Sunset Hills Historic Commission (a 501 C3 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.
This commission'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 Commission 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 Historic Commission is always interested in hearing from those who might have input or items they would like to loan or donate to the organization.
Meetings The Sunset Hills Historic Commission 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.
January - Historian of the year
February 22nd - Wildlife bird speaker
March 28th - Ron Emmenegger will speak on his family's history in Sunset Hills.
April 25th - Hank Frederick will speak on his family life in Sunset Hills.
May 23rd - Missouri History Museum - Walking in St. Louis 1875, by Andrew Wanko
June 8th - German Fest at Watson Trail Park 5-8pm featuring German music and Ted Drewes ice-cream
July - birthday party for Mrs. Jessie who turns 100
August - No meeting
September - open
October - open
The Commission 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 email@example.com
Research / Historical Library
In December of 2009 the Historic Commission 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 Historic Commission 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.