MEET THE BUILDERS OF THE GATEWAY ARCH!
9:30-11 am | At this free event, the public can meet the men who built the Arch in the 1960s. Iron workers, electricians, sheet-metal workers, draftsmen, field engineers and other construction workers will pose for photos and sign autographs in the lower level of the Missouri History Museum.
The Gateway Arch: An Icon for Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow Panel Discussion at the Missouri History Museum – October 28, 12-1 pm
National Park Service Historian Bob Moore will hold a panel discussion on the history of the Gateway Arch from its beginnings as a vision of Eero Saarinen to its completion on October 28, 1965. Panelists include landscape architect Susan Saarinen (daughter of Gateway Arch architect Eero Saarinen), Christine Smith (grand-daughter of Luther Ely Smith, the St. Louis visionary who first conceived of a memorial to President Jefferson) and Ken Kolkmeier (a project manager during the Arch construction). The discussion will be held in the museum’s Lee Auditorium; it is free and open to the public.
The “Arch Perspectives” exhibit will be on display in the lower level of the museum, and showcases various photos of the Arch through the years, including photographs of Arch construction by famed St. Louis photographer Robert Arteaga. Screenings of the award-winning documentary “Monument to the Dream” will be offered throughout the day in the museum auditorium. National Park Service rangers will be on site offering special activities related to the construction and history of the Arch.
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