ERIC Number: EJ684133
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Reference Count: 9
St. Louis Educational Museum: A Centennial Commemoration
Allen, James A.
TechTrends Linking Research and Practice to Improve Learning, v49 n2 p22-65 2005
The St. Louis, Missouri Educational Museum has its roots in the 1904 Centennial Exposition, held at Forest Park on the edge of the city. The theme of the exposition was education and technology. Seventy thousand local school children visited the exposition, and at its conclusion an initiative was launched to purchase some of the exhibitions as the beginnings of an educational museum. F. Louis Soldan, Superintendent; Carl Rothmann, Assistant Superintendent; and Amelia Meissner, elementary teacher, spearheaded the planning and development of the Museum. Key to the museum collection philosophy was the inclusion of realia, still photos, drawings, charts and stereographs, and eventually projected images, motion pictures and recordings. Another innovation was the distribution of museum materials to local schools, where teachers and students could use them as part of the daily curriculum. The concepts of visual literacy and educational technology were linked and became an integral component of modern education.
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Visual Literacy, Museums, Teaching Methods, Public Schools, Audiovisual Aids, Web Based Instruction, Computer Uses in Education
Association for Educational Communications and Technology, 1800 N. Stonelake Dr., Suite 2, Bloomington, IN, 47404. Tel: 877-677-2328 (Toll Free); Fax: 812-335-7675.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A