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 the late Joyce Franklin, former Society President (2006-2008). 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.

36 Star American Flag


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. Watch this website for more information, and check your local newspapers.

The Sunset Hills Historical Society is looking to fill the open speaker slots for meetings. If you or anyone you know has an interesting story of historic significance to Sunset Hills, please feel free to contact the Historical Society via email at history@sunset-hills.com or call 408-315-5121 or 314-394-1280.


Sunset Hills Historical Society Presents
“Remember the St. Louis Browns” by Ed Wheatley

Who remembers the St. Louis Browns? We all love our St. Louis Cardinals, but there was a time when we had two teams to root for, from 1902 – 1953, from both leagues.

The Sunset Hills Historical Society (SHHS) invites the public to a program that will feature the President of the St. Louis Browns Historical Society and Fan Club, Ed Wheatley, on Monday, February 24, 2020 at 7 PM at the Sunset Hills City Hall.

There is a jagged history of the St. Louis Browns until they became the Baltimore Orioles.  Wheatley will discuss the history of the Browns, as well as the St. Louis Cardinals, and present and display memorabilia. The St. Louis Browns, American League Baseball Team, called St. Louis its home for 52 years. Wheatley will also have the book for sale, St. Louis Browns, The Story of a Beloved Team, co-authored by Wheatley, Bill Borst, and Bill Rogers.

Also, Historical Society member and baseball memorabilia collector, Len Panneri, will have some of his St. Louis Browns baseball collectibles on display.

This program of the Sunset Hills Historical Society will be at the Sunset Hills City Hall located at 3939 South Lindbergh Blvd.; St. Louis, MO 63127. It is free and open to the public.

Mark your calendars for these upcoming programs 

  • March 23 -  Valerie Battle Kienzle
    Author of "What’s with St. Louis?" second edition

  • April 27 - Brian Finch
    Cardinal Museum & Hall of Fame
    Mudcat Band & Gashouse Gang

  • May18 - Nick Sacco
    US National Park Service
    US Grant National Historic Site
    Ulysses Grant history in the St. Louis area

Archives of the Sunset Hills Historical Society

If you or anyone you know has artifacts, documents, stories, or anything of historic significance, the Society would love to consider them for inclusion in the Sunset Hills archives.