My name is Diane Weber.
I currently live in Okawville, IL with my husband and 2 teenage children, but was born and raised in St. Louis. I attended Colorado College where I earned a B.A. in history and a minor in German. I am an Education Specialist at Jefferson National Expansion Memorial (JNEM), more commonly known as the Gateway Arch and Old Courthouse, one of your more than 400 national park sites.
I have served as an Education Specialist at JNEM for almost 20 years. In my position I am responsible for developing, coordinating and evaluating education programs and resources that serve students and educators and a myriad of other groups. I work closely with our park rangers supporting them in their front-line programming. Our materials focus on St. Louis history and its role in the nineteenth century westward expansion movement. We offer a variety of on-site programs as well as on-line materials and resource kits available for loan.
Currently our park is going through a major transformation inside and out. In the end the project will improve accessibility in and around the park, create a new grand entrance, and a new and innovative museum. Please don't let the construction keep you away as we are still open for business. Exhibits and stories once housed in the museum under the Arch are now being re-told in the galleries at the Old Courthouse. Our historic trial re-enactments, such as Dred Scott v Irene Emerson or Virginia Minor v Reese Happersett, remain our most popular education programs. Another reason to visit this year is to help us celebrate 100 years of national parks. On August 25, 1916 President Woodrow Wilson signed the "Organic Act" creating the National Park Service, a new federal bureau in the Department of the Interior, responsible for protecting 35 national parks and monuments and those yet to be established.
I have enjoyed working at Jefferson National Expansion Memorial. My favorite part of the job is helping young students enjoy what might be their first visit or 20th visit to a museum or historic site and showing them that history really is fun. In closing I would like to invite you to visit your national park either in person or on-line at the links below: