Our Most Recent Posts


The New Superintendent at our Newest Partner Park

10/19/2021

When a national park is established, as Ste. Genevieve National Historical Park was in 2020, the first order of business is to recruit a new staff, including a new superintendent. Chris Collins was already working for the National Park Service when he was tapped for the job. We recently interviewed him about what it’s like to work in his role.

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Free Teacher Workshop on St. Louis’ Racial Divide

10/12/2021

 Like many American cities, St. Louis has experienced racial segregation practices that have disadvantaged African Americans and marginalized communities.  A two-day workshop for middle school and high school teachers at Gateway Arch National Park will focus on this challenging history and how it has impacted region today.  A bus tour of significant local sites is included.

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10/05/2021

Quiz Time: Where is JNPA’s Newest Partner Park?

There’s a small town in eastern Missouri that was founded by French colonists in the 1750s, making it the oldest European settlement in the state.  In recognition of its cultural and historic importance, as well as its unique early French architecture, the National Park Service recently designated much of the town as a National Historical Park.  JNPA now has a bookstore within the park.  Can you name the town? 

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An Inside Look at the Lewis and Clark Visitor Center

09/27/2021

Where can you see stunning panoramic views of the Missouri River, the Missouri River Valley, Lewis & Clark Lake, and the Gavins Point Dam? The Lewis and Clark Visitor Center of course! This JNPA partner park features a wide variety of exhibits covering topics from the Lewis and Clark Expedition to steamboats to geology. We had a conversation with Park Ranger, Karla Zeutenhorst, to see what it is like to work at such a remarkable place.

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The Struggle for Equality in Education

09/21/2021

It was 64 years ago this month that a high school in Little Rock, Arkansas, became the frontline in the struggle to desegregate America’s public schools.  JNPA’s partner park Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site keeps the story alive as it continues to champion the civil rights of all.

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What’s It Like to Run a National Park?

09/14/2021

Voyageurs National Park – one of JNPA’s partner parks – is a watery wonderland tucked into the wilds of northern Minnesota.  Its 218,000 acres of wetlands, lakes, streams and forests include more than 500 islands that can only be explored by water-loving adventurers.  Let’s meet the person in charge of the day-to-day operations of this vast national park. 

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Free Teacher Workshop at Gateway Arch

09/08/2021

Calling all elementary and middle school teachers!  The Gateway Arch Education Department will host a free two-day educator workshop in September focused on the history of Indigenous People.  

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