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About

Christian Naffziger

Christian Naffziger is a researcher in the St. Louis archives of the Recorder of Deeds. For the last fifteen years, he has turned his scholarly research to the study of the history and built environment of the city of St. Louis, Missouri and the Midwest, with a particular interest in the development of the German American brewing industry in the Nineteenth Century. His work has been published throughout America and Europe. Recently, he has been exploring the history of the Lemp Brewery, and its foundation in the 19th Century. 

Available Presentations

The History of Anheuser-Busch

What began as a small brewery in St. Louis has now grown to be part of the largest corporation producing beer in the world. The story of Anheuser-Busch is an interesting and compelling story of Missouri entrepreneurship with many untold tales. This lecture will include many never before told discoveries along with exclusive historic photographs from the Anheuser-Busch archives that together will weave a fascinating story of how Adolphus Busch, a young immigrant, and Eberhard Anheuser, a soap factory owner, started one of the most iconic American brands.

The Amazing Depth of Architecture in Missouri Cities and Towns

The architecture of Missouri’s cities and small towns is as rich as its history. For over two hundred years, Missourians have built churches, houses and businesses that t their needs as the state grew to what it has become today. Over the course of Missouri’s history, the styles of architecture have changed along with the times. This lecture will explore how the varied styles and forms of architecture have developed out of European and American models to create the beautiful communities that we treasure throughout the state of Missouri today.