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    Jefferson

    National Expansion Memorial Missouri

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  • Pedestrian Access to the Gateway Arch From Downtown

    Pedestrian traffic on the Chestnut, Market St. and Pine St. bridges will be closed. This leaves Walnut St. and Washington Ave. as the Arch grounds points of entry to and from the city. See link for maps. More »

Materials For Loan

Traveling Trunks
Visit the Traveling Trunk page to learn more about teacher resource kits for your classroom or group event.

Videotapes and DVDs
Videotapes and DVDs are loaned at no charge by contacting the Education Department. The following videotapes and DVDs are available:

Monument to the Dream
This classic documentary by Academy Award-winning film-maker Charles Guggenheim captures the drama of the Gateway Arch's progress from Eero Saarinan's daring design to its dramatic completion with the fitting of last section. (DVD and VHS, 30 minutes)

Gateway to the West
An overview of the people, places and events connected with the opening of the west during the 1800s. (VHS, 30 minutes)

A Monumental Story: The Gateway Arch & The Old Courthouse
An introduction to the Gateway Arch and the Old Courthouse and how they memorialize American westward expansion during the 1800s. (VHS, 16 minutes)

Monumental Reflection
This documentary reflects on the Gateway Arch as a memorial and what it means to people who visit it. (DVD, 29 minutes)

Touring the Gateway Arch
Tour the Gateway Arch from top to bottom in this behind-the-scenes look at a national monument. Take a tram ride to the top, tour the Museum of Westward Expansion and explore the park grounds to see how the entire site is a unique, architectural feature. 30 minutes. (VHS, approximately 28 minutes)

Slavery On Trial
Documentary on the national significance of Dred Scott's civil lawsuit for freedom and the U.S. Supreme Court's "Dred Scott Decision." (DVD, 20 minutes)

Lewis & Clark: Great Journey West
This National Geographic film, narrated by actor Jeff Bridges, retraces the epic journey of the Lewis and Clark Expedition from St. Louis to the Pacific Ocean and back during the years 1804 to 1806. Aerial photography puts viewers in the middle of sweeping panoramas and stunning vistas encountered by the explorers. (DVD and VHS, 40 minutes)

Lost… But Found Safe and Sound
Do you know what to do if you get lost in the woods? You will after you watch Lost…But Found Safe and Sound. Produced by the Association of National Park Rangers. (VHS, 12 minutes)

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...