Meet the Builders of the Gateway Arch!
9:30-11 am | At this free event, the public met the men who built the Arch in the 1960s. Iron workers, electricians, sheet-metal workers, draftsmen, field engineers and other construction workers posed for photos and signed 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 held 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 included 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 was held in the museum’s Lee Auditorium; it was free and open to the public.
The “Arch Perspectives” exhibit was on display in the lower level of the museum, and showcased 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” were offered throughout the day in the museum auditorium. National Park Service rangers were on site offering special activities related to the construction and history of the Arch.