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When:  March 6, 2015 | 9 AM–3:45 PM
Where: Glen Echo Country Club (3401 Lucas and Hunt Road, St. Louis, MO)

Don't miss this professional development opportunity for K–12 teachers!

2014 Conference Information: 2014 marks St. Louis' 250th anniversary. Interact with experts on St. Louis' history and discover valuable resources for teaching about St. Louis and its economic history. The 18th Annual Economic Literacy Conference will include content related to economics, history, geography, social studies, and personal finance. Many conference presentations will address historical events and issues and how to use them to teach a variety of content to students, including providing teaching resources such as lesson plans. Choose from grade-specific sessions led by experienced educators and experts. Featured speakers and educational resources include:

  • Dr. Fred Fausz, author of Founding St. Louis: First City of the New West
  • Dr. Terrence Jones, co-editor of St. Louis Metromorphosis: Past Trends and Future Directions
  • Jan Green, 1904 World’s Fair Society
  • Dr. Sarah Coppersmith, UMSL College of Education
  • Campbell House Museum
  • Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis
  • Jefferson National Expansion Memorial
  • Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site
  • Urban Museum Collaborative

This is a free event, and participants will enjoy a free continental breakfast and lunch.


While this is a free event, registration is required. Spaces are limited, so register early. CEUs are available for $25.

To register: Call (314) 516-6590 or register online (registration is currently closed - call for further information)

Registration Deadline: Thursday, February 27, 2014

Noncredit Cancellation Policy
The University reserves the right to cancel any program. In the event of cancellation, you will be notified immediately, and all program fees will be refunded. If you must cancel a registration, you are entitled to a full refund only if you cancel prior to the first class meeting.

The University of Missouri–St. Louis is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity.


  • 9:00 | Continental Breakfast begins
  • 9:15-9:30 | Welcome and Overview of Conference
  • 9:30-10:45 | The Economics of the Founding of St. Louis, Dr. Fred Fausz, UMSL, author of The Founding of St. Louis: First City of the New West
  • 10:45-11:00 | Break                                                            
  • 11:00-12:00 | Teaching Tools to Explore the Geography, History, and Economics of the Fur Trade in the Mid-Mississippi Valley
, Dr. Sarah Coppersmith, UMSL
  • 12:00 | Luncheon begins
  • 12:30-1:30 | How St. Louis’s Past Frames Its Future
, Dr. Terry Jones, UMSL, author of St. Louis Metromorphosis: Past Trends and Future Directions
  • 1:30-1:45 | Break
  • 1:45-2:45 | Meet Me in St. Louis: The 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition, Jan Green, 1904 World’s Fair Society
  • 2:45-3:15 | Local Economic History Resources I (grade-specific sessions)
    • Campbell House Museum and Urban Museum Collaborative
    • Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis
    • Jefferson National Expansion Memorial
    • Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site
  • 3:15-3:45 | Local Economic History Resources II (grade-specific sessions)
    • Campbell House Museum and Urban Museum Collaborative
    • Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis
    • Jefferson National Expansion Memorial
    • Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site

Speaker Bios

Sarah A. Coppersmith
, PhD, is an instructor at University of Missouri–St. Louis where she enjoys teaching methods of social studies instruction to undergraduate teacher candidates. With a background in science education, geography, historic preservation and inquiry learning, Sarah’s interests range from the sciences to the social sciences. Past service with the National Park Service, Missouri Botanical Garden, Missouri Geographic Alliance, and as a consultant with the Smithsonian Institution has afforded her with a wealth of opportunities for creative interdisciplinary teaching and learning inside and outside of the classroom. Sarah and Dr. Lisa Dorner received a grant from the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources program, which became the impetus for a regional study of the fur trade, which allowed elementary teachers and students to closely examine the geographic, historic and economic factors impacting the mid-Mississippi Valley through primary sources, artifacts, and museum visits. Coppersmith’s recent research includes teachers' and students’ use of primary sources in the fur trade project, and inquiry learning in a language immersion context.  

Dr. Fred Fausz is a history professor and former dean of the Pierre Laclede Honors College at University of Missouri–St. Louis, specializing in the ethnohistory of Indian-European relations in Colonial America. He received an AB degree in European history from Thomas More College in his native Kentucky; earned his PhD in early American history from the College of William and Mary, with Phi Beta Kappa honors; and was a fellow of the D’Arcy McNickle Center for the History of the American Indian at the Newberry Library, Chicago. Three of his many publications have won “best of the year” awards from historical societies in Missouri, Virginia and Maryland, and in May 2007, Time magazine cited his research on early Jamestown. Committed to sharing historical knowledge with the general public, he was a consultant on Kevin Costner’s eight-hour Indian documentary, 500 Nations, and has exhibited his extensive collection of fur trade artifacts in major museums and at other sites in seven Midwestern states. In 2006, he was the lead organizer and program chair for the Ninth North American Fur Trade Conference in St. Louis and received the 2007 Missouri Governor’s Award in the Humanities for Enhancing Community Heritage. His latest book, published in 2011, is Founding St. Louis: First City of the New West.

Barbara Flowers received a Bachelor of Science and a master’s degree in economics from the University of Missouri–St. Louis, as well as a master’s degree in economic education from the University of Delaware. After 18 years at the Center for Entrepreneurship & Economic Education at UMSL, Barb joined the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis where she develops economic lessons and online programming for use in classrooms from kindergarten through grade 14. She also has co-authored various economics and personal finance curriculum guides for the Agency for Instructional Technology and the Council for Economic Education, including the Council’s popular Shaping Up Your Financial Future, the middle school curriculum in the Financial Fitness for Life series and the recent publication, Entrepreneurship Economics. In October 2013, Barb received the Bessie B. Moore Service Award which "recognizes an individual whose outstanding and dedicated service has had a significant impact on the delivery and enhancement of economic education." She serves on the National Association of Economic Educators’ executive committee and is president of the Missouri Jump$tart Coalition.

Jan Green is a member of the 1904 World’s Fair Society and served for many years as the chair of its speakers’ bureau. Not a native of St. Louis, her interest in the Fair began more than 30 years ago while researching the history of St. Louis to enhance her teaching. Throughout the past 30 years, she has presented programs about the Fair to schools, clubs, conventions and special interest groups. She has a master’s degree in computer science and a bachelor’s degree in special and elementary education.

Dr. Terry Jones is a Founders’ Professor of political science and public policy administration at University of Missouri–St. Louis. He has also served as the dean of its College of Arts and Sciences. He received a BS in economics from Saint Louis University and a PhD in political science from Georgetown University. He is the author or editor of numerous publications including St. Louis Metromorphosis: Past Trends and Future Directions, The Metropolitan Chase: Politics and Policies in Urban America, and Fragmented by Design: Why St. Louis Has So Many Governments. He has served as a consultant to more than 50 governmental and nonprofit agencies, including numerous school districts, and has held offices in many professional and community organizations. His research interests are primarily in the area of metropolitan governance, urban public policy, state government, and public opinion. He is the recipient of the AMOCO Award for Teaching Excellence and the University of Missouri’s C. Brice Ratchford Memorial Fellowship Award. He was also an American Council on Education Fellow in Academic Administration.