Education: History to Touch

There was really only one thing wrong with the Jefferson Memorial Museum in St. Louis: too few people ever stopped to see what was on display in that white-limestone building on the edge of big (1,380 acres) Forest Park. But that was before 35-year-old Amateur Historian Charles Van Ravenswaay got out of the Navy, took the job of museum director and began changing things.

Born and raised in the Missouri River town of Boonville (pop. 6,000), Charlie Van Ravenswaay had had a passion for frontier history since boyhood. If present-day youngsters didn't see things...

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