Valerie Battle Kienzle is a native of Nashville, Tennessee, and a University of Missouri School of Journalism graduate. She spent the last 40-plus years in various writing-related positions. A lifelong history enthusiast, she has authored four books about St. Louis, two about St. Charles, and one about Columbia, Missouri. She has lived in St. Charles County for 37 years and currently resides in Weldon Spring. She began exploring Main Street in 1980 and continues to make new discoveries.