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Contact: Rhonda Schier, 314-655-1614
Thursday, August 25 is the National Park Service's 100th anniversary. Jefferson National Expansion Memorial has announced plans to celebrate the Centennial, including a commemoration celebration in Luther Ely Smith Square, "Lift Every Voice: The Black Experience in the Heartland" play, performances by the Centennial Band from the New Orleans Jazz National Historic Park and many other free activities. The Gateway Arch is open during this time, and guests can take tram rides to the top of the Arch for a fee. Special interactive programs appeal to all ages, and are family friendly for children and youth to enjoy.
Superintendent Mike Ward will be joined by city and state leaders in Luther Ely Smith Square, the newly renovated portion of the national park located between the Old Courthouse and the Gateway Arch in downtown St. Louis, for a Centennial commemoration ceremony and celebration. Immediately following, visitors can enjoy lunch from local food trucks, free birthday cupcakes from local dessert eateries, and a free concert from the Centennial Band from the New Orleans Jazz National Historic Park. Visitors can bring a picnic of their own to enjoy on the grounds of Luther Ely Smith Square as well.
The Centennial Band from the New Orleans Jazz National Historic Park will perform a free concert in the Old Courthouse Rotunda. Other local opportunities to enjoy a free concert from Centennial Band: National Blues Museum (August 23, 12- 1 p.m.);Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site (August 25, 7-8 p.m.);Blues at the Arch concert series in Luther Ely Smith Square (August 26, 5:30-6:15 p.m.);and Ford Plaza at Busch Stadium (August 27, 4-6 p.m.)
The enslaved Scott family, including Dred, Harriet and their daughters, sued for their freedom from slavery prior to the Civil War. In one of the Old Courthouse's restored courtrooms, rangers will facilitate a mock trial, and participants will read scripts, taking on the roles of the people involved in the Scott's 1850 trial. This program is free and open to all ages.
In celebration of the Centennial, all guests to the Gateway Arch can enjoy $3 off their adult Arch tram ticket, and free Entry-Only tickets.
A list of several downtown St. Louis parking locations within walking distance of the Old Courthouse and the Gateway Arch is available at www.getaroundstl.com. Metered street parking is also available around the Old Courthouse. Visitors are encouraged to check www.gatewayarch.com/directions for up-to-date information on road detours and construction news before their visit.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Visit www.gatewayarch.com, www.nps.gov/jeff or www.facebook.com/gatewayarchNPS or call 877-982-1410. Reservations are not required, but large groups should call 314-655-1614 to alert the Old Courthouse of their attendance.