Humans of the Gateway Arch: Meet Avery
In our “Humans of the Gateway Arch” series, we spotlight a member of the Gateway Arch team who helps make the Arch one of the premier travel destinations in the world. The Arch’s park partners work together to attract and welcome visitors to St. Louis’ renovated urban national park, where visitors create lasting memories and learn about American history.
Meet Avery Henry, a former intern at the Gateway Arch who recently joined the team full time as a Tram Operations Supervisor. We spoke with Avery toward the end of her internship.
What does a “normal” day at work look like for you?
I find it difficult to describe a normal day as an intern, especially during the pandemic. Everyday has consisted of learning how to continue working through the uncertainty that COVID-19 brings. Since starting work as an intern, I have learned the importance of being flexible when things change and being open to new ideas.
What is your favorite part of your job?
My favorite part of working at the Arch is getting to talk with guests from all over the world. I love hearing their stories about how they got to St. Louis and why they chose to stop and spend some time with us at the Arch. I also had the opportunity to give a brief presentation to staff on what makes excellent service. It was a really beneficial experience and I received great feedback from staff members and my supervisors.
Do you have a favorite memory from your time working at Gateway Arch National Park?
My favorite memory so far has been watching the Gateway Arch Park Foundation’s “Blues at the Arch” virtual event filming. The bands were great and made the visit for guests very unique and special.
Any fun facts about the Arch, park grounds, or Old Courthouse that people may not know?
The Riverboats at the Gateway Arch have the best cookies this side of the Mississippi River! They’re seriously the best!