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Methods in Historical Research: The Civil War (LRC Program)

Dates Available: This program is offered all school year on Mondays through Thursdays, with limited availability.

Grade Level: This program is available for 6th–12th grades only.

Minimum Number of Students: 10 students

Maximum Number of Students: 28 students

Program Duration: 1.5 hours; available only before 12pm

Location: This program is conducted at the Library and Research Center at 225 S. Skinker Blvd. 

Description
This experience guides students in the comprehension and analysis of rare primary-source documents related to St. Louis people and places that were impacted by and had an impact on the Civil War. Students will get to examine sources in our collection such as maps, loyalty oaths, letters, a coroner’s record book, photographs, military rosters, and more! This program allows students to explore the complicated allegiances St. Louis had during the Civil War and how the war affected lives in St. Louis.

Students will investigate four St. Louisans who had different and changing allegiances during the war. By analyzing the primary sources, they will consider how men and women, free and enslaved experienced the war and how all of these different opinions and actions would have affected the overall climate in St. Louis. Students will also explore four places in St. Louis to discover how places were used to impact the war, and how the war changed the landscape of the city.

To wrap up the program, students will consider how the Civil War is remembered today in St. Louis. Teachers will be given a take-home map of Civil War monuments and memorials that exist throughout the city. The map includes information about each site, and can be used as an extension exercise.

About the Program
Throughout the program, students will be thinking critically about the ways we can use primary source documents to find out information about the people and events of the past. They will also compare and contrast these methods of historical research to the ways in which they gather information in their own lives. Throughout the program, students will be thinking critically about the ways we can use primary-source documents to find out information about the people and places of the past. They will also compare and contrast these methods of historical research to the ways in which they gather information in their own lives. At the start of the program, students will learn about what the Library and Research Center is, and how it is used by the public.

*Please note that portions of the program may be cut out if your group arrives late.


Please read our K-12 Policies before booking this program.

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Critical Thinking
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

Here are some Pre-Visit Activities and other resources.


Program Modifications
We understand that there are many factors that may cause your bus to be late. However, due to other group reservations and the schedules of our Museum Educators, we can't extend the length of your visit past your reservation time. If you arrive late, we'll do our best to still deliver the program you reserved; however, modifications may be necessary depending on your arrival time. For groups that are excessively late, significant changes to your program will be necessary.

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