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					   Jefferson National Expansion Memorial                                                             National Park Service
                                                                                                     U.S. Department of the Interior
   Education Department Newsletter

Gateway Gazette
Experiencing the Gateway: A child’s perspective
  A group of three                                                             events of             upon first seeing the monument. One
and four year-old                                                              America’s             student summed it up aptly.
students flocked                                                               westward                 “The first time I saw the Arch, I
from a MetroLink                                                               expansion during      thought it was going to fall over,” he
car onto the                                                                   the nineteenth        said.
station platform at                                                            century and              The teachers then helped students to
Laclede’s Landing                                                              St. Louis’ role as    convey their thoughts and ideas into
in downtown St.                                                                gateway to the        several art projects. Students worked
Louis. Through a                                                               west. In              together to create a paper collage of the
stone arch              Photo courtesy of The College School
                                                                               preparing for         Arch and a three-dimensional clay
entryway, several                                                              their trip, Strange   sculpture of the riverfront. While
students caught site of the Gateway                   and Bicknese led group discussions to          students worked, Strange and Harris
Arch rising above the distant treeline.               help students explore their ideas about        documented the process.
   “There it is,” exclaimed one child.                the Arch and how it fits into their de-           “They had to have just the right
“Our Arch!”                                           veloping sense of place.                       color to reflect the deep blue of the sky;
   Excited chatter rose in pitch.                        “We all have ideas about what makes         and, of course, shiny paper for the
Students pressed together, craning their the Arch significant or unique,” Strange                    Arch itself,” Strange said. But the real
necks for a better view. Some pointed                 said. “As a community, we share the            significance of the project, she said, was
fingers, others took aim with dispos-                 common experience of it as a                   that students were able to design a
able cameras used to document their                   landmark.”                                     piece of work that reflected their
trip. Led by teachers Jennifer Strange                   While the Gateway Arch does                 experience and the impact it had on
and Marty Bicknese of the College                     represent specific historical and              them.
School of Webster Groves, the group’s                 cultural themes, many individuals                 “It would interesting to know how
mission was to explore the Gateway                    experience it in a way that is personal,       the Arch has inspired other students to
Arch and what makes it special.                       and sometimes emotional.                       go on [with their careers, projects, or
   For many people, the Gateway Arch                     After their visit, Strange and              other endeavors],” Strange said.
represents the city of St. Louis. As a                Bicknese encouraged students to reflect
National Park Service monument, the                   on their experience. Their comments
Arch memorializes the people and                      revealed the wonder many people feel

     In celebration of the Gateway Arch’s 40th anniversary, JEFF and its
 partners Jefferson National Parks Association and Metro will host an
 art contest for children ages five to 18. The Gateway As Memorial: A
 Child’s Perspective is open to young artists who live or go to school in
 Illinois or Missouri.
     The contest begins April 1, 2005 and ends October 1, 2005.
     First, second, and third-place winners will be chosen from three
 age groups. Winning artwork will be displayed as part of a traveling
     For more information or to apply, visit after
 March 15, 2005.
                                                                                                     Photo courtesy of The College School

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Education Notes

    The year 2005 marks the 40th
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Teachers respond to MEPs

Anniversary of the Gateway Arch’s                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Teachers participating in JEFF Museum Education Programs (MEPs) are asked to complete
construction. The JEFF Education                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Program Evaluations. Program evaluations give teachers a chance to respond to their experience
Department will celebrate by                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      and help us to evaluate program quality. Here are some comments from teachers attending
adding a new trunk to its traveling                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               programs during Fall 2004:
trunk program. The ARCHitecture
Trunk includes tools and materials
relating to the design and                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        We loved the trunk! Thank you.                   The website was very interesting to
construction of the Arch, as well                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  browse…for enjoyment as well as to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  We brought 2 groups of girl scouts and           learn/teach through the [Girl Scout]
as a copy of the Monument to the                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  had a very nice trip in all.                     program. Thank you for a nice
Dream video. Developed in                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          program.
collaboration with the St. Louis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I felt the Traveling Trunk put more
charter school, the Construction                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  meaning in my lesson. It uses a hands-           Our ranger was fantastic! He was the
Career Center, ARCHitecture                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       on experience for the students. I felt like      best I’ve had in 24 y[ears]! I especially
includes activities designed to                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   they were visiting a museum in a class-          appreciated the Indian children games
meet science, math, language                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      room setting. I think the students will          he had for the children to actually play.
arts, and social studies curriculum                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               always remember their second grade
guidelines. School groups visiting                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                year as the year of the traveling trunk          Our presenter in the museum was out-
the Gateway Arch to watch the                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     and the Lewis and Clark expedition.              standing!
Monument to the Dream movie
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The hands-on activities are always a             Ranger M. was excellent. My class
can also use a larger version of                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  favorite and the opportunity to go and           learned a lot, M. You kept their interest
the trunk developed to                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            do something the average visitor does            extremely well. Thank you!
accompany the movie.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              not get to experience.
ARCHitecture is one of several
education projects at JEFF funded                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 [We were] able to relate then to now to
by a National Park Service Parks                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  realize and appreciate what others had
as Classroom grants.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              then compared to what they have now.
    The year 2005 will also see
JEFF continuing work with a new
education partner, Older Adults
Seeking Information and Service
(OASIS). OASIS programs at JEFF                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Chapters in American history
feature special lectures and tours                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The San Patricio Battalion
in connection with museum
exhibits, such as Gary Lucy’s Inland
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     When westward expansion took                  source of gratification to our entire
Waterways at the Old
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  America to the Mexican War for Texas,            army than any other single event of
Courthouse. OASIS programs in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  the U. S. Army found itself fighting one         that memorable day’s victories.”
Spring 2005 will revolve around
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  of its most stalwart foes, its own men.            Found guilty of desertion, seventy
artist Andrea Kalinowski’s exhibit
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     More than 200 U.S. soldiers, many             members of the San Patricio Battalion
Stories Untold: Jewish Pioneer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  of them Irish-Catholic, joined Santa             were executed by the U.S. Army.
Women at the Old Courthouse.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Anna’s army for a number of reasons,               Despite their crime, the members of
    Whether visiting with a group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  including religious discrimination,              the San Patricio Battalion displayed a
of students, friends, or family, the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  land offers, and the desire to protect           distinct American quality, the
Education Department staff and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Roman-Catholic Mexico. Called the                willingness to make sacrifices for a
National Park Service Rangers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  San Patricio Battalion, they fought              belief. Their story is one of many in
hope your visit to JEFF is a learning
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  against the U.S. many times, but most            the history of America’s westward
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  notably in a battle at Churubusco.               expansion.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     At Churubusco, Mexican forces
Best Wishes for the New Year,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  tried three times to surrender, but the
JEFF Education Department
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  members of the San Patricio Battalion               Michael De Wit is a senior at Parkway
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  refused to raise the white flag. The U. S.       Central High School. His interest in                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  eventually overpowered them, taking              history led him to a volunteer internship
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  more than 1,000 prisoners. Captain               with the National Park Service, which
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  George T. Davis of the U.S. Army                 he hopes will help him determine which
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  commented that the capture of the San            field of study he would like to pursue
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Patricio Battalion “…proved a greater            next year in college.

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                 National Park Service                       Programs and events at JEFF
                 U.S. Department of the Interior
                                                             For more information about programs and events at JEFF, call (314) 655-1600. All programs to take
                                                             place at either the Old Courthouse (OCH) or Museum of Westward Expansion (MWE).

                                                             African American Heritage Series 2005
   The Jefferson National Expansion Memorial                 February 3, 4, & 5           Buffalo Soldiers (MWE)
   commemorates the people, places, and events
   involved in America’s Westward Expansion                  February 10                  The Adventures of Jim Beckwourth (MWE)
   during the nineteenth century. The Gateway                February 11                  York with Lewis and Clark (MWE)
   Arch and Old Courthouse symbolize St. Louis’
                                                             February 12                  York & Jim Beckwourth (MWE)
   role as “Gateway to the West” during the
   1800s.                                                    February 17, 18, & 19        Attorney Roswell Field and the Dred Scott Case (OCH)
                                                             February 19                  Jazz Duo Concert, followed by a tour of the Field House
   Jefferson National Expansion Memorial
                                                             February 24                  The Lucy Delaney Story: Struggles for Freedom (OCH)
   11 North Fourth Street
   St. Louis, MO 63102                                       February 25 & 26             Kentucky Slavery, Migration, and Settlement at Nicodemus (OCH)
                                                             March 5, 6, & 7              147th Anniversary of the Dred Scott Trial (OCH)
   (314) 655-1600                                            April 14, 15, & 16           Literature: The Voice of the People (OCH)
                                                             April 16                     Normandy High School Band, followed by a genealogy workshop
                                                             Discovery Saturday Series: Lewis & Clark
   The National Park Service cares for the                   February 12                  Opening the West: Exploration and the fur trade
   special places saved by the American people
   so that all may experience our heritage.
                                                             March 12                     Stories Untold: Women and the West
                                                             April 9                      Journals and writings: Documenting the expedition
   The Education Department at                               May 14                       The Great Plains trade network: Trading on the Great Plains
   Jefferson National Expansion Memorial                     June 11                      Music on the expedition
   Acting Chief of Museum Services and                       July 9                       Flora and fauna along the trail
   Interpretation                                            August 13                    Expedition Members and their descendents
   Robert Moore, Jr.
                                                             September 10                 Public lands along the Lewis & Clark Trail
   Director of Visitor Services
   Mardi Arce                                                Flag Day Ceremonies
   Director of Education                                     June 13                      Garrison Flag Raising Program (OCH)
   Elisa Kunz                                                June 14                      Naturalization Ceremony (OCH)

   Education Department Staff
   Peter Hovey, Education Specialist                         Girl Scout Badge Workshops
   Diane Weber, Education Specialist                         March 28                     Shore to Sea: Cadette Scouts (reservations required)
   Carol Morris, Reservationist
                                                             June 8                       Museum Discovery: Cadette Scouts (reservations required)
   Debra Westfall, Education Assistant
   Mike De Wit, Education Intern                             June 9                       Law and Order: Cadette Scouts (reservations required)

   Please direct questions or comments
   about Gateway Gazette to:                                 National Library Week
   Peter Hovey                                               April 10 - 16                Missouri Read MOre: Betsy Brown by Ntazake Shange
                                                             April 11                     Significance of Brown vs Board of Education National Historic Site
                                                             April 12                     Next Steps with the Struggle for Equal Education in St. Louis
                                                             April 13                     Significance of Central High School National Historic Site

                                                             River City Music Days Concert Series Call (314) 982-3048 for more information.
                                                             April 7 & 8, April 21 & 22, April 28 & 29, May 12 & 13, May 19, May 26 & 27

                                                             Spring 2005 Teacher Workshop Call (314) 655-1637 for reservations.
 Education programs and resources at JEFF are                June 15                  The 1960s: A St. Louis perspective
 supported by Jefferson National Parks Association
 (JNPA), a federally recognized NPS cooperating
 association. Through the sales of educational products,     2005 St. Louis Storytelling Festival
 JNPA helps to conserve, develop, and interpret areas of     Call (314) 516-5948 or e-mail for reservations.
 historical significance for the benefit of the public and
                                                             May 5, 6, & 7                Sparks by the River: Keepers of the Dream
 posterity. As a tax-exempt, non-profit organization
 identified under section 501(c)(3) of the federal tax
 code, all JNPA proceeds fund its educational mission.
                                                             Women’s History
                                                             March 19                     Untold Stories: Jewish Pioneer Women

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