Spotlight: Celebrates the 4th of July

    HEC Media’s Spotlight program airs every Sunday at 9:30 a.m. on Channel 11, and showcases St. Louis’ finest contributions to art, education, and culture.

    In this week’s episode we celebrate the 4th of July with the St. Louis Symphony dedicating a song to the crew & families of the USS St. Louis, go behind the scenes of America’s Birthday 4th of July Celebration parade, hear from author David O. Stewart about the political rise of George Washington, author H.W. Brands illuminates the intensely personal nature of early Americans’ ideas about independence, discover Eliza Hamilton’s role as a founding mother from authors Stephanie Dray & Laura Kamoie, learn the story behind a broadside copy of the Declaration of Independence housed here in St. Louis, and have a blast at cannon school.

    Anchors of Aweigh Performed by the St. Louis Symphony
    The St. Louis Symphony dedicates a song to the crew & families of the USS St. Louis. To hear more from the St. Louis Symphony visit

    The Art of a Parade
    We go behind the scenes to how parade floats are made and what goes into building them for America’s Birthday 4th of July Celebration parade.

    George Washington, The Political Rise of America’s Founding Father
    A conversation about how George Washington became the single most dominant force in the creation of the United States of America.

    Our First Civil War, A Conversation with H W Brands
    H.W. Brands zeroes in on that neglected aspect of the Revolution in a narrative told mostly through the writings of those who lived through it.

    Finding Eliza Hamilton’s Voice
    She famously burned her letters, but the co-authors of “My Dear Hamilton” discuss how they unearthed the remarkable story of founding mother, Eliza Hamilton.

    More Book interviews about our Founding Fathers

    A Declaration and a Mystery
    At Washington University in St. Louis you’ll find a copy of the Declaration of Independence and a collection of Thomas Jefferson’s books. Both have some mystery.

    Schankman’s St. Louis: You’re Fired! Welcome to Cannon School
    Once a year, black powder cannon enthusiasts get together at an old fort in Prairie Du Rocher, Illinois to learn how to shoot a cannon safely. And it’s a blast!