Gateway Arch National Park Hosts Events in Honor of St. Louis Storytelling Festival 40th Anniversary
ST. LOUIS—Gateway Arch National Park and the St. Louis Storytelling Festival commemorate 40 years of collaboration between the festival and the park with an education workshop and a public celebration on Saturday, May 4. All events are free. More information is available at gatewayarch.com.
WHAT: Beyond Labels: Bridging Cultural Differences Through Storytelling
WHERE: Gateway Arch National Park, Arch Visitor Center Educational Classroom
WHEN: Saturday, May 4, 2019
TIME: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
COST: Free. Registration is required at cvent.com/d/66q3jd/4W.
DETAILS: Experience the storytelling model developed by Israeli-born Noa Baum to bridge differences in our communities and classrooms. Discover how listening to and telling the story of the “other” can break through stereotypes and labels to the possibility of compassion and change. Explore how personal narratives can expand our understanding of history.
Participants will learn an interactive model demonstrating how storytelling can be an effective tool to open dialogue and to foster peace and tolerance in communities. This is a great program for educators as well as community members.
Participants will also learn techniques to deepen listening past opinions and labels, build community and make connections with others, explore diversity and appreciate differences, and understand how storytelling can enhance the study of history.
WHAT: St. Louis Storytelling Festival 40th Anniversary Open House: A Public Celebration
WHERE: Gateway Arch National Park, Arch Visitor Center Mezzanine
WHEN: Saturday, May 4, 2019
TIME: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
DETAILS: Celebrate the 40-year partnership between the park and the St. Louis Storytelling Festival! Visitors of all ages can participate in interactive activities, including viewing scenes of past festivals from the park’s photo collection, and sharing their favorite story. Jane Bergey, who helped coordinate the festival in the park 40 years ago, will share memories and stories of the first festivals. Storytellers Bobby Norfolk and Jim Gerst, who have told stories at the Arch over the years, will greet visitors. Refreshments will be served while supplies last.
Gateway Arch Visitor Reminders
Visitors to the Arch must enter the monument at the new glass west entrance, which faces the Old Courthouse. The Arch legs are exits only. Entrance to the Arch Visitor Center and the Museum at the Gateway Arch is free.
Gateway Arch National Park does not have designated on-site visitor parking. A list of preferred parking locations near the park can be found at http://getaroundstl.com. Metered street parking is also available around the park.
The Tram Ride to the Top of the Arch sells out early and often. It is strongly encouraged to purchase your tram ride tickets in advance at gatewayarch.com/buytickets. Please plan to arrive at least 30 minutes ahead of your scheduled tram time. For more information, visit nps.gov/jeff or gatewayarch.com, or call 877-982-1410.
ABOUT: The Gateway Arch and the Old Courthouse are part of Gateway Arch National Park, located on the riverfront in downtown St. Louis. The Gateway Arch, which features the Tram Ride to the Top, the Museum at the Gateway Arch, the documentary film Monument to the Dream, The Arch Store and The Arch Café, is open daily during the winter from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. The Old Courthouse is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. The park is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. The Old Courthouse is located at 11 North Fourth Street, St. Louis, MO 63102. Most programs are FREE of charge and open to the public. Programs and events at the park are made possible by the generous support from our cooperating association, Jefferson National Parks Association, and Bi-State Development. To purchase Arch tickets, go online to gatewayarch.com, call 877-982-1410 or visit the ticket counter in the Arch Visitor Center.