Story by Brett Blume for CBS St. Louis, March 14, 2011:
A new website launching this week marks the start of St. Louis’ observance of the Sesquicentennial of America’s Civil War.
The site, www.freedomsgateway.com, is a collaboration by the Missouri History Museum, the St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission, Metro, the Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site, the Jefferson National Parks Association and Bellefontaine Cemetery.
It will provide visitors with comprehensive event, exhibit and other information related to the Civil War’s Sesquicentennial and the role that Missouri, and more specifically, St. Louis played in that historic conflict.
“There was an honest effort in the years following the war to move the capital of the United States to St. Louis,” points out Dr. Robert Archibald, president of the Missouri History Museum. “And part of that was the sense that the nation needed a fresh start.”
The new website includes tabs to events and attractions such as the Ulysses S. Grant Historic Site, the Missouri History Museum, the Old Courthouse, Bellefontaine Cemetery and the Gateway Arch.
It also has a “Signature Events” page that provides information on upcoming activities like “Camp Jackson” The Tipping Point”, scheduled for April 29-May 1 at Jefferson Barracks Park.
“The St. Louis metropolitan area has a significant story to tell regarding its role before, during and after the Civil War and a wealth of resources to do so,” says Kitty Ratcliffe, president of the St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission (CVC). “Freedomsgateway.com is another great resource to help people explore and experience the pivotal role St. louis play in this conflict.”