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Soldiers Memorial Rendering by Mackey Mitchell
Soldiers Memorial is scheduled to reopen to the public in November 2018. An aerial rendering of Soldiers Memorial Military Museum and the Court of Honor in downtown St. Louis by Mackey Mitchell.

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ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), February 26, 2017 - The Missouri Historical Society has unveiled its latest plans for renovations and exhibit design for Soldiers Memorial Military Museum, a downtown St. Louis landmark that opened in 1938.

The organization is sharing the plans in a series of Community Forums being held to engage the public in a dialogue about the project. The Missouri Historical Society took over the museum in 2015 and is currently leading a $30 million revitalization of these two City blocks.

"We are so honored to revitalize Soldiers Memorial for the St. Louis community and the veteran community," said Dr. Frances Levine, president of the Missouri Historical Society. "And we want the community to truly feel a part of the process."

The $30 million renovation of Soldiers Memorial is on schedule to be completed in November 2018, in time for Veterans Day.

The core galleries on the main floor of Soldiers Memorial will feature a long-term exhibition in four sections: Pre WWI, WWI, WII, and Post WWII. Between 250 and 300 artifacts will be on display, ranging from the earliest artifacts in the collection from the War of 1812 all the way up to the War on Terror.

Although these galleries will take a chronological interpretive approach, beginning with the American Revolution, the exhibition will not be telling the story of every single American war and conflict. It will tell the story of major US conflicts through the lens of St. Louis.

The lower level of Soldiers Memorial is being renovated for use as an exhibition gallery, more than doubling the amount of exhibit space at Soldiers Memorial. This will be home to the Museum's rotating exhibitions. The first temporary exhibit planned will commemorate St. Louis' involvement in World War I, titled World War I: St. Louis and the Great War. It will be in place for three to five years.

"The Soldiers Memorial exhibits will bring to life the stories of military members and their families in a uniquely personal way," said Patrick Allie, military and arms curator for the Missouri Historical Society. "Nearly all aspects of the exhibits are representative of real individuals' stories and service."

Renovation of a City Landmark Under the direction of Mackey Mitchell Architects, every effort is being made to maintain the architectural and historic integrity of this beautiful art deco building.

A New Life for The Court of Honor The Court of Honor was created as the City's World War II memorial in 1948 and resides across Chestnut from Soldiers Memorial. It will be revitalized with the addition of fountains to represent the five branches of the military. A reflecting pool is also being added. Monuments to those who lost their lives in Korea and Vietnam t will be moved to their own spaces along the walkway between the Museum and the Court of Honor.

New memorials to St. Louisans who lost their lives in more recent conflicts will be also be added to that space. Chestnut Street will be narrowed to a single vehicular lane and a protected bike lane on this block to better integrate Soldiers Memorial with the Court of Honor. There will be a grassy area that can be used for quiet reflection of visitors or a programming space for the Museum. It will be outfitted with lighting and a sound system.

The public is invited to learn more about the Soldiers Memorial Revitalization Project and view the latest plans for core exhibits and building renovations in these forums:

  • March 6, 2017 at 5:30 pm Atrium Old Post Office, St. Louis 815 Olive Street
  • Saturday March 18, 2017 at 9 am Soulard American Legion, BK Post 422 2601 S. 11th Street
24-Hour High School Opens at SLATE
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), February 26, 2017 - The St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment (SLATE) American Job Center is pleased to announce a new and unprecedented workforce program that will extend services for youth customers after SLATE's normal closing hours at 5 p.m. Never before have young adults, many of whom are working parents, had an opportunity to attain a High School Diploma and jump start to better jobs with support services available to them 24-hours a day.

To deliver services, SLATE, in partnership with St. Louis Public Schools (SLPS), has opened a virtual high school at its location at 1520 Market Street. This SLPS satellite, called the Workforce High School (WHS), is for young adults, ages 17-21, who have previously dropped out of school. Eligible candidates must be eligible to attend school at SLPS.

Under the program, in addition to high school curriculum and access to teachers, a computer lab, educational resources and technical assistance, young men and women will have 24/7 access to education mentorship and case management services. SLATE will help young people navigate responsibilities at home, school, work, at times dealing with probation and parole, handling doctor visits, and providing daycare for their children.

"There is a gap in services for young people who dropped out of high school. They are in need of a second chance and a different venue to get their high school education," said Dr. Alice Prince, Manager of SLATE Young Adult Workforce Division. "Many of them are parents, some are working two or three jobs, but they still need a way to get their education. We are meeting them where they are," she said.

Dr. Prince also said that workers with a High School Diploma or GED have a better chance of landing a better job and live above the minimum wage. She says many young adults, especially those with children, do want to do better for themselves and their families. Once they complete their high school education through WHS, SLATE will continue helping them find better employment and career options.

To operate WHS, SLATE will be using federal funding from its regular budget for youth services, in addition to SLPS funds. So far, 20 young men and women have been enrolled into the program. Dr. Prince said more than 20 young adults are on the waiting list.

"This is the first time that the St. Louis Workforce Development Board (WDB) has opened a high school that is operable 24 hours a day," Dr. Prince said. "Every youth who dropped out of school, who is willing to go back, deserves an opportunity to complete their education and sometimes this can't be done during normal business hours, between 9 -5, because their lives aren't so normal."

To enroll into WHS, interested youth need to call Hillary Stuckey, at (314) 657-3526. More information about SLATE and its services for youth can be found on our website, at www.stlworks.com.


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