Follow the Road to Independent Study

         Get Your Kicks on Route 66!*

Follow the Road to Independent Study- Route 66 St. Louis


Whether you travel from Chicago or LA, you won’t want to miss the 2008 AACIS Conference in St. Louis, Missouri, on November 6-8, 2008. 


The conference meeting will be hosted by Southern Illinois University Carbondale in the Westport Plaza, featuring more than 25 restaurants, bars, shops and clubs.  


On November 6, a pre-conference tour will highlight some of St. Louis’ unique features such as the Gateway Arch, Forrest Park–home of the 1904 Worlds Fair, the Anheuser-Busch Brewery, Millionaire’s Row and much more. 


Join us on the Mother Road to kick off the conference with a reception inspired by Route 66-St. Louis.  The conference will continue with session topics which include administration, learner needs and services, curriculum, technology, faculty issues and research.  Share your expertise and knowledge by submitting a Call for Proposals.  The deadline is June 16.


On Friday evening, we will travel to Union Station (which opened in 1894 and once served more than 100,000 rail passengers a day) for an evening of shopping, tours and dinner.  Participants may chose to spend their free time browsing through over 80 shops or experiencing a guided tour of the station.  Dinner will be served at the Hard Rock Café as participants enjoy the musical genre of rock n’ roll.


The post-conference tour will explore the architecture of St. Louis.  Professor Jon Davey will guide the tour. He is a recognized faculty member at Southern Illinois University Carbondale and coordinates the annual youth architecture camps and many international architectural travel programs. Each summer Professor Davey takes more than 100 youth on tours through these architectural wonders. The conference participants will first travel to Bellefontaine Gardens and Cemetery. Bellefontaine Cemetery is home to a number of historic and extravagant graves and mausoleums. Learn how Adolphus Busch, William Clark, William S. Burroughs, politicians, inventors and many more individuals wished to have their lives interpreted after their deaths. 


The tour will continue at the St. Louis Cathedral.  The Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis is a masterpiece of art and history.  It rivals the grandest Cathedrals in the world. In 1912, installation of mosaics in the interior began. Completed in 1988, it contains 41.5 million glass tesserae pieces applying over 7,000 colors. Covering 83,000 square feet (8,000 m²), it is the largest mosaic collection in the world, and was created by 20 different artists including Hildreth Meiere. The tours will return to the hotel at approximately 6:00 PM.


Details and price are being finalized for the conference.  Watch for more information to come at



*Route 66 written by Bobby Troup and recorded by Nat King Cole in 1946.


One Response to “Follow the Road to Independent Study”

  1. Evan Smith Says:

    At the Arch, be sure to go to the Museum of the Westward Expansion: great exhibits, including animatronic Buffalo soldier.

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