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May 11, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm Free
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“Strong Women, Compassionate Hearts” – Gateway Arch National Park Honors Women of St. Louis and the West

In honor of Mother’s Day and in celebration of the contributions made by 18th-, 19th– and 20th-century women, Gateway Arch National Park presents “Strong Women, Compassionate Hearts” on Saturday, May 11, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. outside the Arch’s new west entrance. Throughout the free, day-long program, visitors of all ages can take part in a variety of activities including art projects, skits, dress-up and toy-making.

“Women have served in so many roles over the past three centuries, including entrepreneurs, outlaws, teachers, farmers and suffragists,” said Erin Hilligoss-Volkmann, director of education at Gateway Arch National Park. “They have made so many important contributions to American history. We invite you to Gateway Arch National Park to learn about their lives, their achievements and how they’ve shaped our country.”

Activities include:

  • Participate in skits about free African-American women, presented by the Missouri Historical Society (10 a.m. to 1 p.m. only).
  • Take part in a special activity highlighting newspaper women from Nebraska, presented by the Bi-State Development Arch tram operations team.
  • Participate in a quilling – a paper craft – project, presented by Never Bored Creations from Ste. Genevieve, Missouri.
  • Make a buzz saw, a popular children’s toy of the 19th and early 20th
  • Hear diaries of women pioneers heading West.
  • Dress up as women of the West (includes photo opportunity).
  • Participate in a petition activity about Virginia Minor and women’s right to vote.

If it is raining, the event will be moved indoors to the Arch Visitor Center mezzanine and Education Classroom.


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FAIR SAINT LOUIS ADVISORY: On July 4, 5, & 6, the Gateway Arch and Old Courthouse will be open for visitors during Fair Saint Louis. Large crowds are expected at Gateway Arch National Park beginning mid-day through 10pm each day. All tram ticket holders are advised to arrive at the Arch grounds at least 45 minutes ahead of your scheduled tram time to go through two security checkpoints. Multiple street closures will be in place and parking will be in high demand – visit for a list of parking locations or plan to arrive by MetroLink to the 8th & Pine or Laclede’s Landing Stations. FAQ and event map available at

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