Saint Paul’s Lutheran School students stand in front of the Missouri History Museum.
Fifth- through eighth-grade students at Saint Paul’s Lutheran School in Troy spent a day touring the Missouri History Museum and the Saint Louis Zoo in Forest Park.
Bruce McLaughlin, seventh- and eighth-grade teacher, and Ida Doyle, fifth- and sixth-grade teacher, along with several parents, accompanied the students as they looked at two timely museum exhibits.
The history museum is displaying an exhibit showcasing the 1904 World’s Fair complete with artifacts, maps of what Forest Park looked like at that point in time, and the opportunity for students to book their own excursions for the event. The artifacts, including a miniature version of the Ferris wheel, were highlights of the exhibit. In addition, architectural pieces from buildings at the 1904 World’s Fair and first-hand accounts were intriguing.
A second museum exhibit was the 250 in 250 display highlighting 50 people, 50 places, 50 images, 50 moments and 50 objects. With the 250th birthday of St. Louis at the top of mind in the region, this was a great way to learn more about it. The interactive exhibit moved the audience through a video marking 50 points in time, displays of 50 Saint Louisians and their contributions to our city, 50 snippets of stories of events that took place in our area, 50 photos that described points in our history and what they meant, 50 chalk drawings of locations with their stories and 50 objects. The 50 objects included an original TWA flight attendant uniform, a Ted Drewes uniform from the ’70s, the “C “from the old Chase Park Plaza, and many, many more.
The students lunched in the 1904 World’s Fair Pavilion and then enjoyed a few hours at the zoo.
“Field trips are integral to learning and are an important piece of education at Saint Paul’s,” McLaughlin said.