ESU St. Louis Branch

A Message from the St. Louis Board

The English-Speaking Union of the United States is a non-profit, non-political educational organization founded in 1920, two years after an English-Speaking Union was launched in England.

Its mission initially was "to draw together in the bonds of comradeship the English-speaking peoples of the world."

The world has changed dramatically since then, but as Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh wrote recently, the English-Speaking Union has managed to adapt to these changes so that the ESU has made "the transition from a union of friendship among speakers of English into a dynamic body devoted to the promotion of the use of English as a medium of international communication."

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News And Events

June Queen's Tea


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History & Political Science Faculty, Retired
St. Louis University High School

"Crossing the North Atlantic on the Queen Mary 2"

Sunday, May 19, 2019

THE RACQUET CLUB LADUE  ~ 1600 Log Cabin Lane 

Cocktails 12:30  ~ Lunch 1:00
Members $45  ~  Guests $50

Dr. Richard Mueller, a native of St. Louis, is a retired history and political science instructor.  He has degrees from Saint Louis University, including a doctorate in American history and Asian studies. He taught at St. Louis University High School most of his career, and at several local colleges as an adjunct. He currently presents travelogues and downtown St. Louis walking tours for the St. Louis junior college district and Landmarks Association of St. Louis.


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Annual Shakespeare Wreath Laying Ceremony at Tower Grove Park

Barbara Lewington - President of the St Louis Branch, Grace Wallis - 2nd Place Winner of the 2019 STL Shakespeare Competition, Jasmine Hadzic - District Staff to Wm. Lacy Clay, Member of Congress 1st District, Missouri, and David Lauber - Development Director Tower Grove Park. Grace gave another winning performance of her chosen sonnet and monologue!


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History of Oxford Choir & Performance



"History of Oxford Choir"
& Exclusive ESU Performance Preview

April 14, 2019 

1600 Log Cabin Lane
(enter by North 40 Drive off Clayton Rd) 

Cocktails 12:30, Lunch 1:00  
Members $45, Guests $50 

ROBERT QUINNEY is Organist of New College, Oxford, and Director of New College's acclaimed choir. He is also associate professor in the Faculty of Music, University of Oxford. He maintains a parallel career as a solo organist and is a prolific recording artist: his discs of organ music by Bach, Elgar, Dupré, Wagner and Brahms have been widely acclaimed.


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St. Louis Shakespeare Competition

The Annual St. Louis Branch ESU Shakespeare Competition gives students in the metro area the opportunity to compete locally, with the winner invited to perform on stage in New York at the national level. This year's branch competition was held on February 9 at Fontbonne University. Each participating student gave an interpretation of both a monologue and a sonnet of choice, to a rapt audience.


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The English-Speaking Union

St. Louis Branch

St. Louis Branch Landmark Photo

Welcome to the ESU

The ESU celebrates English as a shared language to foster global understanding and good will by providing educational and cultural opportunities for students, educators, and members.

To find out more about our programs click here.