Tonight was a real blessing for me. I attended the 2015 Diplomatic Reception and Dinner Commemorating the Founding of the German American Heritage Society of Saint Louis. There, I was honored to receive the organization’s Stemmler-Hecker Founder’s Award for my book Beer, Brats, and Baseball: St. Louis Germans and for my work to provide recognition for the former German names of six St. Louis streets that were renamed during World War I. The award meant a lot to me. I accepted it in the name of my great-great grandfather, Louis Charles Merkel I, and all German immigrants to St. Louis.
Published by Jim Merkel
Reedy Press published four of my books, Hoosiers and Scrubby Dutch: St. Louis's South Side, 2010; Beer, Brats, and Baseball: St. Louis Germans, 2012; The Making of an Icon: The Dreamers, The Schemers, and the Hard Hats Who Built the Gateway Arch; and the Second Edition of Hoosiers and Scrubby Dutch: St. Louis's South Side, 2014. They're available in bookstores and online. For an autographed copy, send a check for $21.50 made out to Jim Merkel, to Jim Merkel, 4216 Osceola St., St. Louis, MO 63116. View more posts