Dates Available: February 1–May 31
Grade Level: All
Minimum Number of Students: No minimum
Maximum Number of Students: 40 students
Duration: 50 minutes
The Missouri History Museum’s ACTivists Project is a program designed for the classroom, rather than for an auditorium or cafeteria. Unlike larger touring performances, the ACTivist Project brings a professional actor-educator to your classroom to tell the powerful story of St. Louis’s civil rights history. This free 50-minute visit includes engaging discussions, a historical performance, and hands-on activities designed to help students understand the actions and multiple perspectives of St. Louis's civil rights activists. Our ACTivists will facilitate the activities and performance to prepare your students to visit the special exhibition #1 in Civil Rights: The African American Freedom Struggle in St. Louis at the Missouri History Museum.
- This program has a firmly enforced maximum of 40 students. If you have more than 40 students, additional visits can be added at no cost.
- We can only make in-school visits to locations within 20 miles of the Missouri History Museum.
- Please note that availability is very limited. Reservations are subject to the availability of funds and our actor-educators’ schedules and will be made on a first-come, first-served basis.
- We recommend scheduling an ACTivist experience as a pre-visit activity before your field trip to the Missouri History Museum.
The ACTivists Project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
Regardless of which field trip experience you choose, all of our programs are designed to emphasize the critical thinking skills students use in museums, the classroom, and as lifelong learners. These big goals drive our program creation, our staff training, and our program evaluation for a holistic and outcome-driven approach.
For all K–12 programs we strive to create and facilitate experiences in which learners will individually and collaboratively use Museum spaces, objects, and content to:
- compare and contrast the past and present
- make connections between the people, places, and stories of history and their personal experience
- comprehend and evaluate multiple perspectives and past choices
- express and support their own perspectives on history