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England's Unique Influence on Our Metropolitan Parks

Discovering Public Parks in St. Louis, Missouri
Sunday, October 15, 2017

The Deer Creek Club

Club entrance off Long Cabin Lane, north from Litzsinger

Cocktails ~ 12:30   Lunch ~ 1:00 
$35 members  ~  $40 guests

The great-great granddaughter of Rosalie Tilles, for whom two parks in St. Louis are named, Nancy Carver worked with park systems in St. Louis City and County to document all our public parks and their amenities.  She notes that Metro St. Louis ranks fourth in the country in its number of parks! Drawing heavily from Central Park and from England, our beloved Forest Park is the crown jewel that fostered the growth of many other area parks. 

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The Birthday of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II

The English-Speaking Union
St. Louis Branch

Cordially invites you to celebrate

The Birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
an English Tea
with champagne, sandwiches and delicacies 

Sunday, June 11, 2017
beginning at four o'clock in the afternoon

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With a performance of a sonnet and monologue from Shakespeare, Julia Hotaling  from St. Louis, MO, a student of Anita Hagerman at John Burroughs School in St. Louis, placed as a semi-finalist in the 34th annual English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition in New York City. The Competition took place on May 1, 2017 on the stage of the Mitzi Newhouse Theater at Lincoln Center with 54 semi-finalists from as many ESU Branch competitions nationwide. Julia previously won the ESU St. Louis Branch competition.

The winner of the 34th English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition, Ogechi Egonu, representing the San Francisco Branch, received a full scholarship to attend the American Shakespeare Center Theatre Camp in Staunton, VA, this summer.  Second place winner, Brandon Burk, from the Kentucky Branch, won a cash prize of $1,000 from The English-Speaking Union, while the third place winner, Trevon Wainwright, representing the Kansas City Branch of the ESU, received an award of $500 provided by The Shakespeare Society.

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The Great War in the Music Halls

Emeritus Professor, SIUE

The Great War in the Music Halls:
Rudyard Kipling, Edward Elgar, and The Fringes of the Fleet

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Cocktails ~ 12:30   Lunch ~ 1:00  
$35 members  ~  $40 guests

RSVP by May 1  ~  314-803-8927

Brian Abel Ragen is Emeritus Professor of English at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, where he taught for two decades. He is a graduate of Pomona College in Claremont, California, and holds a Ph.D. from Princeton University. He was editor of the scholarly journal Papers on Language & Literature and is the author of books on Flannery O'Connor and Tom Wolfe, as well as articles on subjects that range from biblical allusions in Chaucer to the revision of traditional hymns in modern hymnals.


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William Shakespeare Wreath Laying Ceremony

William Shakespeare
Wreath Laying Ceremony

Commemorating the 453rd Anniversary of the birth of
William Shakespeare 

Sunday, April 23, 2017 
10:00 AM to 11:30 AM (CDT) 

Tower Grove Park
at the Shakespeare Statue in Flag Circle
at Center Cross and Main Drives

Edward Martin, St. Louis Branch ESU VP, will say a few words about the English Speaking Union / St. Louis Branch. Julia Hotaling, St. Louis Shakespeare Competition winner, will perform a monologue by Margaret, from Henry VI part 3, and will recite Sonnet 130. Paula Heller, STL Branch Shakespeare Competition Coordinator, will introduce Julia. Light refreshments will follow at the Lily Pond Shelter. 


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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.

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