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Methods in Historical Research: Immigration in Missouri (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. 

This experience guides students in the comprehension and analysis of rare primary-source documents that relate to historic and current immigration to Missouri. Through decoding menus, cookbooks, government documents, newspapers, and more, students are able to draw conclusions about the effect of immigration on the St. Louis area, and what life was like for immigrants past and present.

Many people from all over the world have immigrated to Missouri; this program will focus on the 1830s wave of German immigrants, and the resettlement of Bosnian refugees to the city during the 1990s. Students will decode the primary sources to consider how immigrants and refugees are shaped by their new St. Louis home, and how St. Louis is shaped by immigrants and refugees who settle here. Students will discover some of the business and cultural contributions these two groups have made to the St. Louis community.

To wrap-up the program, students will investigate some of the resources that present-day St. Louis organizations offer to help immigrants and refugees adjust to their new American life. Students will consider what immigrants and refugees contribute to our community, as well as what kinds of assistance are most essential to make a successful transition to their new homes.

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 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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