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Homeschool Day: St. Louis, Future Great City of the World

St. Louis: Future Great City of the World will highlight the major events and people of the past that helped mold the city into what it is today. Through workshops, crafts, and performances, students will consider the future of St. Louis and the role that all of us play in making our city great. Join us from 10am to 2pm on Monday, November 6!

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Please note: The facilitated workshop will be held at our Library & Research Center, located at 225 S. Skinker Blvd. It will end a bit later than our usual Homeschool Day programming so students can also enjoy our regular sessions. We’re excited to offer this program that will allow students to interact with authentic primary sources in a personal way. To provide an engaging experience and ensure the safety of our artifacts, this workshop will be limited to 30 people, and students must be accompanied by a chaperone. We also encourage you to adhere to the session’s 12–18 age limit so your student can gain the most from the experience. Email rcrouch@mohistory.org to reserve your space. Reservations are free and first come, first served, but email confirmations are required.

Program Descriptions

Forecasting the Future Workshop
(Ages 5–12) Let’s make predictions about the future of St. Louis! Students will work in groups to discuss one of two possible scenarios for the city’s future. Using primary sources from historical events, students will make decisions and predict how similar events might affect the people and physical landscape of tomorrow.

Mapping Past and Future St. Louis Workshop
(Ages 10–18) Students will work in teams to engage with and critically analyze sets of primary-source St. Louis maps, ranging from the time the city was founded to today. The session will include learning about the many different kinds of maps, analysis of an individual map’s function and meaning, and discussion on the value of different types of maps throughout history. Students will predict how St. Louis will evolve and create their own city maps. 

Marketing St. Louis to the World Workshop
(Ages 8–18) We all know the things that make St. Louis great—but does the rest of the world? As students work in a team, they’ll create a marketing strategy for a target audience, use math skills to budget the marketing campaign, and generate advertisements that will attract visitors to St. Louis! 

Lunch and a Movie: The Gateway Arch: A Reflection of America
(Drop In, ALL) The Gateway Arch: A Reflection of America chronicles the complete story of this iconic American symbol. St. Louis was a key city for the westward expansion of the country, and the Arch was built as a lasting tribute—and is the largest stainless steel structure in history. The film is narrated by Academy Award–winning actor and St. Louis native Kevin Kline. 

FUTURISTIC Crafts
(Drop In, ALL) Who knows what the future of St. Louis holds? Students can imagine and create futuristic St. Louis skylines, mini robots, and rocket ships, as well as design a robotic hand! 

St. Louis’s Major Moments Gallery Activities
(Drop In, ALL) Students can take a closer look inside our galleries to learn more about the major moments that shaped St. Louis. In our #1 in Civil Rights: The African American Freedom Struggle in St. Louis gallery, students will learn about the local activists of the Civil War era who put the city on the path toward civil rights for all. In our 1904 World’s Fair gallery, students will consider how St. Louisans felt about World’s Fair coming to town and learn how it changed the city—even years after it ended. In our Panoramas of the City gallery, students will learn about the 1920s and 1930s, two decades when St. Louis was the aviation and technology capital of the United States. Students will participate in activities and discussions focused on the many events that have made St. Louis into what it is today. 

Theatre Performance: St. Louis ACTivism
(Drop In, ALL) St. Louis has a long history of activists who have worked to make St. Louis a better place. Join us for a short theatre performance from the point of view of one of these activists. After the play students can participate in a short discussion about the importance of activism in St. Louis’s past and present.

Confluence Chamber Orchestra Performance: Great St. Louis Music
(ALL) The Confluence Chamber Orchestra will present a program of music that highlights moments in Missouri history, from the Trail of Tears to the opening of the Gateway Arch. Works include a spiritual written by an enslaved Native American, an elegant waltz by an African American bandleader, one of the earliest examples of the blues, a ragtime song written for the 1904 World's Fair, the minstrel show tune that became our state song, a concerto that could not be played in St. Louis during World War I because of anti-German prejudice, a big band hit from World War II, and midcentury Western themes. Joseph Haydn, Scott Joplin, Duke Ellington, Aaron Copland, and Elmer Bernstein are among the featured composers.

Storytelling and Make and Take: We Love St. Louis
(Ages 2–6) Stories all about the city we live in.
Please note: Storytelling now includes a make-and-take activity, thanks to our specially trained Youth and Family Programs staff.

History Clubhouse Gallery Exploration
(Ages 2–10) The History Clubhouse is available for your family to visit from 10am to 4pm today and every day. Timed-entry tickets are required, which you may request from the ticket desk at the Museum’s north entrance. These tickets are free and available on a first-come, first-served basis. As a reminder, the History Clubhouse is intended for children ages 2–10, and all children must be accompanied by an adult.

Cinema for Students Presents: Mr. Handy’s Blues
***Starts at 9am.
(Ages 12–18) Mr. Handy’s Blues chronicles the life of William Christopher Handy, known worldwide as the Father of the Blues. Handy’s trajectory to success is an against-all-odds odyssey that took him from a strict religious home in northern Alabama, to a low point of despair in St. Louis, to becoming one of the most revered composers of the 20th century. Mr. Handy’s Blues is a tale of family conflict, racial tensions, and redemption. For tickets, visit www.cinemastlouis.org/cinema-students. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Cinema for Students is a part of the 2017 Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival.

Methods in Historical Research: Charles Lindbergh
***At the Library & Research Center
(Ages 12–18) Students will discover and analyze two different aspects of Charles Lindbergh. They’ll look at Lindbergh the man—facts about his life, career, and family—and the myths that surround his legacy. They will also evaluate what information is most meaningful to remember, realize how perspectives on history can differ, and think about why is it important to learn the whole story behind an event or person.

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Series:Homeschool Days
When: Monday, November 6 2017 at 10:00 am
Where: Throughout the Museum
How Much:Free
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