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Special Program: ACTivist In-School Visit

Dates Available: August 28, 2017–March 30, 2018

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 ACTivists Project brings a professional actor-interpreter 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. 

Click HERE to read a blog post about the ACTivists Project!

ACTivist In-School Visit


  • 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-interpreters’ 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. 

Institute of Museum and Library Services

Please read our K-12 Policiesbefore booking this program.

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Critical Thinking
Regardless of which field-trip experience you choose, all of our K–12 programs are designed to emphasize the critical thinking skills students use at museums, in the classroom, and as lifelong learners. Each one facilitates experiences in which learners can individually and collaboratively use Museum spaces, objects, and content to:

  • compare and contrast the past and the present
  • make connections between the people, places, and stories of history and their own experiences
  • comprehend and evaluate multiple perspectives and past choices
  • express and support their personal views on history

Here are some Pre-Visit Activities and other resources.

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