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    National Expansion Memorial Missouri

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Museum of Westward Expansion Programs

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Pioneer Program

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Build-Your-Own Program at the Museum of Westward Expansion

Build-Your-Own Program allows teachers to choose two topics related to themes of American westward expansion during the 1800s.

National Park Service rangers will facilitate the use of living history items, such as clothing, tools and documents, in addition to museum exhibits and historic images to teach students about the people, places, and events of American westward expansion during the 1800s.

Pre-visit and post-visit materials have been developed for each topic.

Choose two topics for a 60 minute program:

Lewis and Clark pre-visit activity post-visit activity

Plains Indians pre-visit activity post-visit activity

Mountain Men pre-visit activity post-visit activity

Pioneers pre-visit activity post-visit activity

Reservations must be made 30 days in advance. Call 877.982.1410 for reservations.

Did You Know?

Cartoon grouse

The Lewis and Clark expedition sent back animals to President Jefferson from Ft. Mandan. Four magpies, a prairie dog, and a sharptailed grouse were sent back with Corporal Warfington. Unfortunately, only the prairie dog and one magpie survived the arduous journey. Learn more about the journey here. More...