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Visit a Historic Site or Historic Home in Region

General Education Capstone Course

Event Details and Guideline Form

Event title: Visit a historic site or historic home in the region.

  • Eugene Field House-St. Louis
  • New Cathedral on Lindell-St. Louis
  • Old Cathedral/museum-St. Louis
  • First Missouri State Capitol State Historic Site, St. Charles, MO
  • Daniel Boone Home-Defiance, MO
  • Westminster Church/Winston Churchill museum-Fulton, MO
  • Truman Home-Independence, MO
  • Bingham-Waggoner estate-Independence, MO
  • Arrow Rock, MO
  • Boulduc House, Ste. Genevieve,MO
  • Bothwell Lodge State Historic Site, Sedalia, MO
  • Pony Express Museum, St. Joseph, MO
  • Battle of Lexington State Historic Site, Lexington. MO (09/16-18/2011 reenactment of the Battle of Lexington)
  • Thomas Hart Benton Home and Studio State Historic Site, Kansas City, MO
  • Wilson’s Creek Battlefield-near Springfield, MO
  • Watkins Woolen Mill State Park and State Historic Site, Lawson, MO
  • Ft. Osage-Sibley, MO
  • Mark Twain Boyhood home/Museum, Hannibal, MO
  • Missouri State Museum & Missouri State Capital Building-Jefferson City, MO
  • Missouri Governor’s Mansion-Jefferson City, MO
  • Lincoln Home-Springfield, IL
  • Nauvoo, IL
  • Jefferson National Expansion Memorial-Arch/Old Courthouse
  • Scott Joplin House State Historic Site
  • Jefferson Barracks
  • Deutschheim State Historic Site, Hermann, MO
  • Gen. John J. Pershing Boyhood Home State Historic Site, Laclede, MO

General education category event should be listed under:  Social Sciences

SCC competency addressed by event:

  • SS: Explain social institutions, structure and processes across a range of historical periods, places and/or cultures.
  • SS: Develop and communicate hypothetical explanations, predictions and descriptions of human behavior within an historical, spatial and/or social context.

Guidelines for accomplishment of event:

  • Visit one of the listed history museum options and write a minimum four page paper about your impressions of the exhibit, the historical significance of the site, and how you can relate what you have learned to society today.
  • A successful paper will:
    1. Place the subject or topic of the museum exhibit in historical context.  This means that the student should research and  make specific reference to the place, time period and/or chronology in which the topic or subject of the exhibit took place.
    2. Explain how the exhibit interprets the past. 
      • Identify an overarching theme of the exhibit.
      • Describe the exhibit’s layout and displays. 
      • Discuss how the exhibit’s design and organization may shape interpretations of the subject or topic.
    3. Discuss the significance or relevance of the exhibit to the past and the relevance to our society today.
    4. A works cited page and proper MLA citation must be included.

SCC event co-creators: Dan Rezny, Debra Crank-Lewis, Hal Berry

Did essay fulfill SCC competency? _____ YES  _____ NO  _____ PARTIALLY

Did essay fulfill event guidelines?    _____ YES  _____ NO  _____ PARTIALLY