SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR TEACHERS

Welcome to the St. Louis Virtual City Project. This Regional History Project utilizes interactive web technologies to explore the history of the City of St. Louis and the St. Louis region.

To help you explore St. Louis you will first need to be sure that your computer is equiped with the browser plug-in Cortona. It can be downloaded for free from Parallel Graphics (just follow the on screen directions). The website is best viewed in the most recent version of Internet Explorer browser and at screen resolution 1024 x 768. To begin your tour of St. Louis, simply choose a year by clicking the timeline menu bar on the left side of the main page (currently 1850 and 1950 are active). As you enter your selected decade, a three-dimensional model of downtown St. Louis will appear on the left side of your screen (if it does not appear, use the link above to download Cortona). By clicking on the various buildings, people and objects in the landscape, you will be able to access information about their history, which will appear on the right side of your screen. You can use your mouse or the arrow keys to help you move through the Virtual City.

The website is organized into districts. Each district contains a district home page; building pages containing addresses, construction and demolition dates, as well as information about the buildings importance in that decade; people pages for important public figures in the decade; and event pages detailing events in each building during the decade. Each event page is also linked to a perspectives page which lists primary documents from the time period. Chart a path of inquiry across space and time to discover how St. Louisans made history by reconstructing the city the around them.

Below you will find lesson plans to help you and your students in your exploration of the St. Louis Virtual City.

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL LESSON PLANS:
MIDDLE SCHOOL LESSON PLANS:
HIGH SCHOOL LESSON PLANS:
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Best Viewed in 1024 x 768
For questions regarding this site: virtualstl@jinx.umsl.edu
Last updated: October 2, 2002