Missouri Secretary of State, John R. Ashcroft, Announces Program on the Gateway Arch

Jefferson City, MO (STL.News) – Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft today announced a Thursday Evening Speaker Series program examining the early history of the Gateway Arch.  The program will be held in the Interpretive Center of the James C. Kirkpatrick State Information Center, the location of the Secretary of State’s State Archives, on Thursday, June 13, at 7 p.m.

The Gateway Arch is one of America’s most distinctive and beloved national monuments, receiving more than two million visitors each year to revere its symbolic meaning and physical beauty.  In his book, The Making of an Icon: The Dreamers, the Schemers, and the Hard Hats Who Built the Gateway Arch, Jim Merkel captures the legend, lore and spirit behind its conception and construction.  Using interviews with the visionaries, finaglers, protesters and the intrepid workers who built the Gateway Arch, Merkel brings to light the stories that shaped the planning and the construction of one of the world’s most iconic structures.

Join us as Merkel shares new information about the Arch grounds and museum and gives insight into the innovation that raised the Arch to the sky.

The State Archives is the official repository for state documents of permanent historic value, and is located at 600 West Main Street in Jefferson City.  All Archives programs are free of charge and open to the public, with seating available on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information on this and other Archives programming, contact Tracy Wegman, (573) 526-5296 or tracy.wegman@sos.mo.gov.

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