You can now tour the Missouri State Capitol after hours and in your bathrobe.
Of course, if you show up on the Capitol grounds dressed that way at night, you may have a problem with security. But a new video stream tour is available for you to access anytime and anywhere with an Internet connection.
The video tour is the result of a coordinated effort between MOREnet and the Missouri Virtual Instruction Program (MoVIP). Currently in its first year, MoVIP offers online courses to students statewide.
MoVIP history teacher Elaine Janes, who has taught 4th grade history for 20 years, scheduled a traditional field trip to the Capitol for her MoVIP students. When MOREnet Director of Education and Library Programs Bill Giddings learned of the scheduled trip, he suggested recording the event, and then arranged financing for Jim Sturm and Tim Gore of RoundTrips to accompany and tape the tour.
“It seemed like a great opportunity for MOREnet, MoVIP and RoundTrips to pool our resources and create a resource available to everyone,” Giddings said. “As usual, Jim and Tim did a great job recording the tour,” Giddings said.
“Some Missouri students live far from the capitol and may not have an opportunity to go in person,” Janes said. “And of course the video is available to everyone.”
The tour begins by discussing the previous capitols and the history of the current structure, then guides students and viewers through various parts of the building, explaining the meaning and history of the symbols and artwork on display, including a special emphasis on the famed Thomas Hart Benton murals in the House Lounge.
“This project was one of the first steps in what we hope will be a very fruitful relationship between MOREnet and MoVIP, enabling students across Missouri to access exciting educational tools,” Giddings said.
Click to view the Missouri State Capitol tour in the Educational Resources section.
For more on MoVIP: dese.mo.gov/divimprove/curriculum/movip/
For more on Round Trips: www.roundtrips.org
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