2021 Pre-Conference Sessions

Additional sessions coming soon!

CityArchRiver Project Tour & Trip to the Top!

The Gateway Arch National Park, formerly named Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, is a downtown St. Louis oasis. Amid the beautifully forested surroundings found within one of the few urban national parks west of the Mississippi River, attendees will find well-paved paths, native species and more.

The CityArchRiver project, which was completed in 2018, made St. Louis' beloved Gateway Arch National Park, the Mississippi Riverfront and Kiener Plaza accessible for everyone to experience by connecting, invigorating and expanding the park’s grounds and museums. 

In this pre-conference session, you'll join the Communications Director from the Gateway Arch Foundation as she leads attendees through the newly renovated, state-of-the-art CityArchRiver project. The tour will start at Kiener Plaza named after Harry Kiener, a USA Track & Field member who competed at the 1904 Olympics (to which St. Louis played host).

Next, you'll hear about the history of the Old Courthouse, which was built in the mid-1800s and where some of the most pivotal cases in American history were tried. You will walk the Arch grounds and see sweeping views of the Riverfront. The tour guide will inform attendees about the historic and architectural significance of the area and will share details about the universally accessible components of this massive National Park project. We'll end the tour at the newly renovated Museum at the Gateway Arch. The Museum covers 201 years of history about the westward expansion of the United States with an emphasis on St. Louis' role in that era. Interactive story galleries will guide you through the time from the founding of St. Louis in 1764 to the building of the Arch in 1965. At the conclusion of the tour, attendees will have the opportunity to board a tram to the top of the Arch.