Students Learn About the Impact St. Louis Has Made on Popular Music

Mr. Stoll’s U.S. History class takes a trip to the St. Louis sound exhibit at the Missouri History Museum


Rachel Church

Keaton Franciskato takes a photo of the progression of music recording exhibit at the Missouri History Museum on Nov. 9.

Henry Sartain, Reporter

Mr. Alexander Stoll, a German and U.S. History teacher, tried to do something different this year for his students. Stoll took his U.S. History class to visit the Missouri History Museum in St. Louis on Nov. 9. This is the first time he has ever done this which means that this trip was new for both the class and the teacher.

Stoll said that it was “a really cool trip and kids could connect to the local music scene.” They spent their time at the museum focusing on the sound exhibit and learned about the history of music in St. Louis and the impact it had on American popular music throughout the years. The exhibit had a collection from the 1890s to present day, and they spent the entire time learning about the history.

Mr. Stoll’s U.S. History class in front of the STL City Foundry. (Rachel Church)

While at the museum, the students participated in a game led by the director of the exhibit. The game was like the show “Shark Tank.” They had to search around the museum for certain objects that represent something. Then they had to state three facts or details about the object. This was an activity to get them to better understand what they were learning about.

The students didn’t just spend their time at the museum. They ate lunch at the City Foundry where some tried local food around the museum. They ate common local foods like toasted raviolis and gooey butter cake.

Aven Conley, a sophomore in the class, said that the trip was a “little bit expensive” but he enjoyed the experience. 

This trip wasn’t just about learning history. It was about having a fun experience outside of the classroom, which is what every field trip should be about.