Literary Landmarks

Eugene Field House and
Toy Museum

643 S. Broadway
St. Louis, MO 63102

Built in 1845, the house features a large collection of antique toys and dolls as well as furnishings and personal belongings of Eugene Field. This was also the home of Roswell M. Field, Eugene’s father and the lawyer who represented the slave Dred Scott when he sued for his freedom.

St. Louis Walk of Fame
6200 to 6600 Delmar Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 63130

Brass stars and bronze plaques set permanently into the sidewalks of the University City Loop in metropolitan St. Louis. They honor individuals “who either were born in the St. Louis area or spent their formative or creative years in the area and made a major national contribution to our national heritage.” Each star bears the name of an honoree; an accompanying plaque contains a summary of the honoree’s accomplishments. Among the writers included on the walk are Maya Angelou, William Burroughs, Kate Chopin, T.S. Eliot, Stanley Elkin, Eugene Field, Howard Nemerov, Mona Van Duyn, and Tennessee Williams.

Laura Ingalls Wilder–
Rose Wilder Lane
Museum and Home

Route 1, Box 24
Mansfield, MO 65704

Home in the Ozarks where the “Little House” series of books was written; museum houses artifacts mentioned in the books plus family memorabilia.

Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum
208 Hill Street
Hannibal, MO 63401

 Twain was four when his family moved to Hannibal from the nearby town of Florida, Missouri. The house in which Twain spent his youth is the model for the home of Tom Sawyer. Visitors can see the home as it appeared in the mid-1800s. Next to the home is a museum which displays memorabilia such as first editions of Twain’s works, one of his signature white suits, and Norman Rockwell paintings used for editions of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn.

The Writers Place
3607 Pennsylvania
Kansas City, MO 64111

Founded in 1992, The Writers Place offers a variety of literary programs, houses a library, publishes a calendar of area literary events, and hosts an annual Festival of the Book.