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9th Annual Guggenheim Center Tribute Program: Monument to the Dream
  • Date: Tuesday, September 15, 2015 - Wednesday, September 16, 2015
  • Time: 11:00 pm
  • Location: William G. McGowan Theater, Washington, DC

2048px-St_Louis_night_expblendJoin us for the 9th annual Guggenheim Center Tribute Program, featuring Charles Guggenheim’s third Academy Award®–nominated film. Recently restored by the National Park Service and Guggenheim Productions, Inc. using 2k digital technology, Monument to the Dream chronicles the construction of the St. Louis Gateway Arch from conception to its completion on October 28, 1965. As it celebrates its 50th anniversary, the Arch stands today as the tallest national monument in the Western Hemisphere and one of the 20th Century’s greatest civil engineering achievements.

Following the 28-minute film will be a discussion moderated by Mary Delach Leonard, veteran reporter for St. Louis Public Radio, featuring Dr. Tracy Campbell, author of The Gateway Arch: A Biography and Maggie Hales, Executive Director of the St. Louis CityArchRiver 2015 Foundation. The panel will discuss the complete story of the Arch: from early design concepts, the approved, iconic design by master Finnish-American architect Eero Saarinen, the epic construction, the National Park Service site creation, and the current plans to redevelop the cityscape along the banks of the Mississippi River. The Honorable James W. Symington, former U.S. Congressman from Missouri, will make opening remarks.

This event is supported by the National Archives Foundation with funding from an anonymous donor, the William G. McGowan Fund, and donors to the Guggenheim Center for Documentary Film at the National Archives.

Reserve a seat

All public programs at the National Archives are free. Reservations are recommended; seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. The doors to the building will open 45 minutes prior to the start of the program. Use the Special Events entrance on the corner of Constitution Avenue and 7th Street, NW. Click here for more information on getting to the National Archives and parking.Live captioning will be available online and in the William G. McGowan Theater. If you require an alternative or additional accommodation for an event (such as a downloadable transcript or a sign language interpreter), please send an email to public.program@nara.gov or call 202-357-5000 in advance.

Photo by Daniel Schwen