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

The Battle of St. Louis with Stephen Kling

St. Louis Branch of

President, Jenkins & Kling, P.C.

"The Battle of St. Louis"

Sunday, OCTOBER 21, 2018

THE RACQUET CLUB LADUE — note new location 1600 Log Cabin Lane (enter by North 40 Drive off Clayton Rd)

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

Stephen L. Kling, Jr. is a practicing attorney and president of Jenkins & Kling, P.C. in St. Louis. He obtained a master in finance and a law degree from St. Louis University and has been recognized in the peer reviewed Best Lawyers in America for over a decade.

Author, artist and long-time student of 18th-century history, particularly military history, Steve will focus on the relatively unknown story of the unsuccessful attack on St. Louis in 1780 — part of the British plan to conquer the entire Mississippi River Valley.  He will relate how British Indian Department with its British officers and agents were instrumental in keeping the local Indians allied with the British and were responsible for organizing the attack on St. Louis led by Emmanuel Hesse, a local trader and former lieutenant in the British Army.


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The Importance of Being Earnest



Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 8:00 p.m.

Sunday at 2:00 p.m
Tickets: $35.00 (314) 534-1111
Discount for groups of 10 or more. 


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Current Customs, Traditions and Vagaries of the Legal System in the Mother Country

St. Louis Branch of

CRAIG INGRAHAM, retired "Solicitor"
and THOMAS WACK, retired "Barrister"

"Current Customs, Traditions and
Vagaries of the Legal System
in the Mother Country"

Sunday, May 6, 2018
The Deer Creek Club
9861 Deer Creek Hill
off Log Cabin Lane, north from Litzsinger

Cocktails 12:30  ~  Lunch 1:00   
$37 members  ~  $42 guests

Craig Ingraham and Thomas Wack are both well-known figures on the corporate legal scene, and each has served in multiple capacities and positions at prominent firms. Good friends, as well, they are teaming up to provide a lighthearted but professional approach to what Americans often experience and joke about as the perplexing legal system of the United Kingdom. 


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St. Louis Shakespeare Competition

The St. Louis Branch ESU hosted our Annual Shakespeare Competition for high school students on Saturday morning, February 3, at Fontbonne University. Twelve area schools sent students to the competition. Each participant gave his/her interpretation of a Shakespearian monologue and sonnet, and all in attendance were awed by the performances. 


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Alex Moore ESU TLab Scholar

"Significant Impact of 
Theatre and Arts Education 
on Today's Youth"

Sunday, March 11, 2018

The Deer Creek Club
Club entrance off Log Cabin Lane, north from Litzsinger

Click here to see photos from the event

Alex Moore is Theatre Arts Director at Mehlville Senior High School, in St. Louis, MO. He has worked the past four years, growing the program to a full-time position and running an active after school program that is student-focused. Alex is a professional director, stage manager and actor, previously working with STAGES St. Louis, NewLine Theatre and HotCity Theatre. He was the Associate Artistic Director for Chicago Fusion Theatre for 5 seasons, before returning to St. Louis. He serves on the State Board for The Missouri Thespians and was awarded the Judith Reuthwich Missouri Theatre Educator of the Year Award for 2018. He is a passionate advocate for Arts Education and Theatre in our schools. 


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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.