ALERT: The Gateway Arch Ticketing & Visitor Center has relocated to the Old Courthouse at 11 N. 4th Street. The walking distance between the Old Courthouse and the Arch entrance at the SOUTH leg is approximately 0.3 miles (7 minutes of average walking time). EACH guest planning to enter the Gateway Arch will be required to have EITHER a Journey to the Top ticket or an Arch Entry-Only ticket to be allowed access to the facility.  Tram tickets will sell out early and often - advance tickets are strongly recommended.

Please Note: The Museum of Westward Expansion, located under the Gateway Arch is closed for significant renovations. Certain artifacts from the Museum are on display in exhibit galleries at the Old Courthouse.


Celebrate Women’s History Month at Jefferson National Expansion Memorial

February 26, 2014


Contact: Ann Honious, JNEM

Phone: 314-655-1614

Contact(s): Jenna Todoroff, Common Ground PR

Phone: 636-530-1235


Celebrate Women’s History Month at Jefferson National Expansion Memorial
Film series and ranger programs highlight March events
Special public program on March 15

WHAT: In celebration of Women’s History Month, throughout March the National Park Service is hosting commemorative ranger programs, special events and film screenings that spotlight the historic contributions of women who shaped the history of the United States. All programs are free and open to the public.


All month long, “Do You Know Any Women Like These?” special exhibit will on display in the Museum of Westward Expansion and depicts how 19th-century women of the American Frontier embodied similar characteristics to those of today’s women. Also, visitors can take part in a special scavenger hunt, where they will explore history and search for clues about women in the west in the Museum of Westward Expansion. All are welcome to participate, and scavenger hunt programs are available at the information desk.

Women’s History Month Film Series at the Museum of Westward Expansion: Each of the following films will be shown in the special exhibits gallery. Films run continuously from 9:15 am to 5:30 pm.

March 1-7:

Dreams of Equality

  • Learn about the first public U.S. women’s rights convention.
  • This film will also show all month at the Old Courthouse at the bottom of every hour.

March 8-14: 

Eleanor Roosevelt, Close to Home

  • Explore the life and work of Eleanor Roosevelt and the issues to which she devoted her intellect and humanitarian concerns.

March 15-21: 

The Maggie Lena Walker Story

  • Discover the journey of Walker, who became a prominent civic leader, financier, and businesswoman in Virginia in the early 20th century.

March 22-30:

Home Front Heroes

  • Learn how women and minorities took up jobs traditionally held by white males to help manufacture warships during World War II.

Women’s History Month Ranger Weekend Programs

11:15 am and 3:15 pm,  Saturdays and Sundays at the Museum of Westward Expansion

“Women of the West” Ranger Talk

  • An NPS ranger will lead this 25-minute discussion followed by a Q & A.
  • “Women of the West” Museum Gazette will be available to take home upon request from the information desk.

3 pm, Saturdays and Sundays at the Old Courthouse

Mock Trials: “Right to Vote: Virginia Minor v. Happersett” or “Segregation Laws in the 1880s: Williams v. Bellefontaine”

  • Visitors participate in mock trials by reading scripts, arguing facts, and deciding a verdict in an Old Courthouse historical courtroom.
  • The Museum Gazette featuring Virginia Minor will be available to take home upon request from the information Desk.
  • A minimum of six visitors is necessary for each mock trial. If not enough visitors are present, a ranger-led discussion session will take place.

March 15 Special Event at the Museum of Westward Expansion

11:15 am

Women of the West Storytelling Event

  • NPS ranger Kathy Bommarito portrays a mid-19th century woman who was part of the westward expansion movement, and leads a 25-minute talk about her journey. A question and answer period will follow the discussion.

12:15 pm

Elizabeth Keckley Storytelling Event

  • Local storyteller Carole Shelton portrays Keckley, who was born a slave around 1818 in Virginia, and later moved to St. Louis where she worked as a dressmaker. Keckley bought her freedom and established a dressmaking business in Washington, D.C., eventually becoming Mary Todd Lincoln’s dressmaker and confidante.

1:15 pm

Laura Ingalls Kids’ Interactive Story Time Event

  • A NPS ranger will share stories of Laura Ingalls in this interactive story time event for children.

2:15 pm

Making House Calls: The Story of a Pioneer Lady Doctor

  • Local storyteller Mary Lu Bretsch is Frances James Ballew, a woman who survived poverty and the hardships of the frontier. She used her experiences as a midwife to become a skilled pioneer doctor who traveled around the early Illinois/Missouri territory to care of her sick neighbors.

WHERE:   Museum of Westward Expansion at the Gateway Arch, and Old Courthouse (11 North Fourth Street, St. Louis, MO 63102)



COST:  FREE and open to the public.

CONTACT:  Visit or call 1-877-982-1410 for more information.

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