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Methods in Historical Research: Streets of St. Louis (LRC Program)

Dates Available: Monday through Thursday during the school year, with limited availability and before 12pm only

Grade Level: 6th–12th

Minimum Number of Students: 10 students

Maximum Number of Students: 28 students

Program Duration: 1.5 hours 

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

Students will use primary-source documents such as early 20th-century maps, city directories, and historic and present-day photographs to discover what St. Louis was like in the past and how its neighborhoods have changed over time. They’ll uncover information about an actual St. Louis address, such as who lived there and what that person did for a living, the makeup of the neighborhood, nearby landmarks, and what the address is like today. Then they’ll synthesize all of their sources to draw conclusions about their historic address.

About the Program
Students will begin by learning what the Library and Research Center is and how the public can use it. Throughout the rest of the program, students will think critically about the ways we can use primary-source documents to find out information about the people and places of the past. They'll also compare and contrast these methods of historical research with the ways in which they gather information in their own lives.

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

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.

Program Modifications
We understand that many factors 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 still do our best to deliver the program you reserved. However, modifications may be necessary depending on your arrival time. (NOTE: Excessively late groups can expect significant program changes.)

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