Begun in 2007, Teens Make History started with four teens researching, writing and performing history plays for the Museum. Since then, the program has expanded to regularly serve 15 teen employees. These teens are split into two main teams: the Teens Make History Exhibitors and the Teens Make History Players.
From 2012 to 2013, the TMH Exhibitors collaborated with the exhibition department on the creation of the exhibit Between Two Worlds: Veterans Journey Home. Currently, the Exhibitors are conducting a video oral history project on activism in St. Louis, interviewing such noted area activists as Percy Green and Frankie Freeman.
The TMH Players continue the tradition of writing and performing history plays for the Museum's galleries. Their current show, "St. Louis Then," features scenes about St. Louis' history that are drawn from 250 in 250, the museum's new exhibition commemorating the city's 250th anniversary. As the scenes move throughout the galleries, audience members can encounter such stories as the perseverance of Lucy Delaney, a 14-year old girl who spent 17 months in jail while suing for her freedom; the century-old tradition of sledding on Art Hill; and the inspiration Jackie Joyner-Kersee provides for young athletes.
Know a teen who may be interested in joining TMH? Teens interested in a paid position in the program must first successfully complete the TMH Academy, an eight-week long museum studies workshop held annually between January and March. Applications for the 2015 TMH Academy will be due this upcoming fall. In the meantime, you can sign-up for an email notification of the next application deadline.
Come and see "St. Louis Then" at 11:30 a.m. on Saturdays through April 26, and be on the lookout for the next TMH Players' show, "St. Louis Now," opening in June!
History happens at Missouri History Museum. Learn about special exhibits, events and other activities at the museum.
To people of all ages and backgrounds, the Missouri History Museum is a leading cultural institution and community resource that offers exhibitions, programming and collections to explore the history of the region in order to better understand the world we live in and build a stronger community for the future.
The Jefferson Memorial Building section of the Missouri History Museum was originally built as the first national monument to Thomas Jefferson, preceding the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C. by more than 25 years. The museum now features special exhibits and St. Louis history galleries with interactive stations for children throughout.
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