During the COVID-19 pandemic, we are inviting people to take self-guided tours through Bellefontaine Cemetery and Arboretum.

You can drive through the cemetery along 14 miles of paved roadway, or tour our newly painted white line route from the comfort of your car. You can also walk through the cemetery and practice social distancing, keeping at least 6 feet apart from other people who may be visiting the cemetery at the same time. Dog walking is permitted, but please follow our leash laws and clean up after them. You may also ride a bike through the cemetery by yourself or with a friend. Safe social distancing is recommended for all cyclists, too.

We have maps in a box right outside of our main office door, which is located immediately on the right as you enter the cemetery gates at 4947 W. Florissant. You may tour Bellefontaine Cemetery from 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Cemetery gates are locked promptly at 5:00 p.m.

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The Life and Times of Missouri’s Charles Parsons: Between Art and War

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The Life and Times of Charles Parsons—Genesis of the St. Louis Art Scene

Charles Parsons is one of St. Louis’s and the nation’s most influential yet little-known figures.  He was instrumental to the Union cause as a Civil War quartermaster and advisor to generals politicians and presidents alike.

As a world-traveler art connoisseur, he helped found the first art museum west of the Mississippi, to which he donated his remarkable collection of American, European and Asian art.  To this day, his philanthropic work and dedication to education live on in some of the country’s grandest institutions.  Author John Launius tells the full story for the first time, from business failures in a riverside boomtown to national renown.

Book Presentation 2:00-3:00

Q&A and Book Signing from 3:00-4:00

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