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    National Expansion Memorial Missouri

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  • Due to the Industrial Rope Access Project at the Gateway Arch

    Visitors may enter the Arch at the south leg only. Tram rides to the top are still available, the observation deck at the top will have restrictions. Usual walking paths may be closed; please look for signage or a Ranger for walking directions.

Junior Ranger Day 2008

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Date: April 18, 2008
Contact: Julie Northrip, 314.655.1615

WHERE:        Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, Gateway Arch at 11 North Fourth Street in downtown St. Louis, Missouri.


WHEN:          9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 26, 2008         


WHAT:          Junior Ranger Day in conjunction with National Park Week


Young people, ages 5-18 years old who participate in program activities, can

earn a Junior Ranger badge, certificate and lapel pin. Special activities at the Gateway Arch will include a touch table featuring living history items, such

as reproduction clothing, tools and food similar to those used by members of

the Lewis and Clark expedition.


A special bingo scavenger hunt will take place in the Lewis and Clark exhibit beneath the Gateway Arch, allowing young visitors to explore the exhibit on their own while locating items important in the Lewis and Clark story.


The activity table and scavenger hunt will be available in connection with the National Geographic film Lewis and Clark: Great Journey West, showing in the Odyssey Theatre. The film begins on the half hour, throughout the day, with the first showing beginning at 9:30 a.m.


WHY:              Junior Ranger Day is a national effort to encourage families to use the National Parks for entertainment and education. The theme of National Park Week 2008 is Kids in Parks.  For more information about National Park Week or Junior Ranger Day, visit the park at www.nps.gov/jeff


The Gateway Arch and Museum of Westward Expansion are open daily, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The Historic Old Courthouse is open daily 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. All programs and activities are open to the public and FREE of charge. Fees are charged for the tram ride to the top of

the Gateway Arch and for the films shown in the Gateway Arch visitor center. For additional information call (314) 655-1700 weekdays, 7-1-1 voice/TTY Telecommunications Relay Service or visit us at www.nps.gov/jeff.



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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...