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    Jefferson

    National Expansion Memorial Missouri

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Curriculum Materials

Education Materials

The following pre-visit and post-visit activities help students to prepare for Museum Education Programs at the Old Courthouse and Museum of Westward Expansion. These activities are tied into the Missouri, Illinois, and national standards for Social Studies and Language Arts.


Old Courthouse Programs
Trial Guides

Museum of Westward Expansion

Lewis & Clark (pre-visit) (post-visit)

Mountain Men (pre-visit) (post-visit)

Plains Indians (pre-visit) (post-visit)

Pioneers (pre-visit) (post-visit)

Homestead Farmers (pre-visit) (post-visit)

Cowboys (pre-visit) (post-visit)


Teacher Activity Guides

While not required, the following Teacher Activity Guides contain additional activities and resources to help students prepare for and reflect upon their Museum Education Program. Some of the resources include vocabulary words, reading lists and National Park sites related to your MEP.


African Americans of the West
(Introduction) (K-3) (4-6) (7-12)

American Indians of the Great Plains
(Introduction) (1-3) (4-6) (7-12)

Civics and Citizenship
(Introduction) (4-6) (7-12)

Freedom School
(Introduction) (1-3) (4-6)

Game of the West

History Mystery Game

Lewis and Clark
(Introduction) (4-6) (7-12)

Museum of Westward Expansion Tour
(Introduction) (1-3) (4-6) (7-12)

Pioneers on the Trail
(Introduction) (1-3) (4-6)

Did You Know?

Drawing of Dred Scott from Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, 1857

In 1846, a slave named Dred Scott sued for his freedom at the St. Louis Courthouse. His case went all the way to the Supreme Court, where the verdict set the stage for the Civil War. Today, the Old Courthouse is part of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial. Click to learn more about Dred Scott. More...