Professional Development

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Maplewood-Richmond Heights Elementary and Jefferson National Expansion Memorial staff members collaborating on musuem exhibit at the Gateway Arch (2012).

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Teacher workshops

Teacher workshops at the Arch
and Old Courthouse are supported
in part by Jefferson National Parks
Association. See workshops offered


Free Professional Development Workshops
(presented at Jefferson National Expansion Memorial or your school)

Park education staff will develop a workshop that fits your school's needs. We can travel to your school or your staff can come to the park. The workshop length can be tailored to fit your schedule, from 1 hour up to 4 hours. All workshops use curriculum-based, interdisciplinary activities to explore the themes of the park.

General workshop topics include:

  • Lewis & Clark
  • Plains Indians
  • Mountain Men (fur trappers and fur trade)
  • Pioneers on the Trail
  • Homesteading in the West
  • Transportation and Westward Expansion
  • Cowboys
  • African Americans in the West
  • Women in the West
  • Dred and Harriet Scott
  • Slavery and Freedom in Antebellum St. Louis
  • Mississippi River: History and Culture
  • Civil Rights Trials (Dred Scott and Virginia Minor)
  • Citizenship in the 1800s
  • Presenting Mock Trials
  • Using 19th century Historic Documents
  • Overview of museum education programs and resources for school groups



Free 2017 Teacher Workshops

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Naturalization ceremony at the Old Courthouse, looking down from the second floor balcony.


Citizenship: Rights and Responsibilities

Citizenship in the United States brings with it a set of powerful rights and responsibilities. Simply adhering to this social contract has the potential to unite or divide people, communities, and even a nation. In this workshop we will explore the concept of citizenship and share some new perspectives.

Through participation in this workshop, educators will come away with content knowledge, curriculum, primary source documents and classroom activities addressing the following topics:

  • Civil and human rights
  • Rights versus responsibilities
  • Self-determination
  • Naturalization as a path to citizenship

The workshop will also include a 1:00 p.m.
Naturalization Ceremony in the Old Courthouse Rotunda
Parking is FREE. Lunch is on your own.

For reservations or for more details, please call
Jefferson National Expansion Memorial
Education Office at 314-241-1244 x 107

For Middle School- Adult Educators
Friday, June 30, 2017
8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Old Courthouse
11 North 4th Street,
St. Louis, MO 63102


Two-Day Free Workshop for Middle and High School Teachers

Civil Rights During Antebellum and Reconstruction Eras
Monday, July 24 - Jefferson National Expansion Memorial
Tuesday July 25- Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site
8:30am - 3:00pm

Monday, July 24-
Jefferson National Expansion Memorial

St. Louis was a complex place during the Antebellum
era; whites, immigrants, slaves and free persons of color
lived together and brought their diverse ideas and
expectations to the developing city. Luckily, a large
body of preserved original court documents gives us a
glimpse into the past. Teachers will engage with subject
matter experts to discover extraordinary acts of
courage and self-sacrifice in the search for freedom and
a part of the American dream. Workshop participants
will come away with content knowledge, lesson plans,
primary source documents and classroom activities.

Dr. Robert Moore, NPS Historian at Jefferson National Expansion
Michael Everman, CA, Archivist St. Louis Circuit Court Historical
Record Project
Lynn Madison Jackson, Great-great Granddaughter of Dred and
Harriett Scott and President of the Dred Scott Heritage Foundation

Tuesday, July 25-
Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site

Reconstruction, the period following the Civil War, is
complicated and often misunderstood. The country
was faced with challenging questions about democracy,
race, war, region, and civil rights. These issues remain
relevant today. The workshop will provide teachers
with a better understanding of the complexities of
Reconstruction and opportunities to develop activities
to deepen their students' understanding and challenge
their critical thinking and literacy skills.

Dr. William Piston, Missouri State University, "Reconstruction in
Missouri: Regional Context for a National Struggle"
Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site Staff

For more information or to register, please contact Diane Weber at 314-241-1244 ext 107
Presented by Jefferson National Expansion Memorial & Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site

Last updated: May 31, 2017

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11. North 4th Street
St. Louis, MO 63102


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