The View From St. Louis

It’s been two weeks+ since my last post. I experienced a bit of blogging fatigue after successfully posting 11 posts in 11 days from the SHA Class of 2011. Now, I’m back on the wagon and ready to share my St. Louis museum adventures (which came to be known as the Museum Minute World Tour amongst my colleagues).

Why was I in St. Louis?

The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center Education Department plans a road trip at the end of each school year to thank our amazing team of dedicated docents for all they do. May is our busiest month of the year; by the end month (marking the end of the school year) we have served nearly 40,000 school children from across the Midwest (some even further!). In years past the group has visited Chicago, Memphis, Philadelphia and Washington D.C. This year’s destination: St. Louis.

So, why was I in St. Louis?

I’m not a member of the Education Department or a docent.

Each year a few additional staff members are invited to attend as well, in thanks for what they do to help the Education Department. Why was I invited? In my role at the NURFC, I design and produce education sales brochures, promote educational programming, create and update summer camp materials and manage the educational content on the NURFC website, from interpretation to online group reservation forms.

All of that being said, I was thrilled to be on the trip.

Our first stop on the trip was The Gateway Arch (aka Jefferson National Expansion Memorial).

The Gateway Arch reflects St. Louis’ role in the Westward Expansion of the United States during the nineteenth century. The park is a memorial to Thomas Jefferson’s role in opening the West, to the pioneers who helped shape its history, and to Dred Scott who sued for his freedom in the Old Courthouse.

National Park Service

Have you ever been to the arch? It’s enormous!

Below is a video of the Gateway Arch pod experience.

The Gateway Arch pod experience was a great way to kick off our four day excursion in the Rome of the West.

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Stay tuned for additional Museum Minute posts from St. Louis. We had a full itinerary for the trip including tours of the Griot Museum, Scott Joplin Historic Home, the City Museum, etc. More adventures to come!

One thought on “The View From St. Louis

  1. It’s great to see NURFC recognizing the importance of inter-departmental teamwork in the success of the museum–more museums could learn from their example! Nice work, Jamie! Looks like it was a fun ride to the top!

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