Local Area Tours

Register for Conference Tours

St. Louis Genealogical Society, the NGS local host, offers tours on Monday and Tuesday. All buses depart from the Conference Center and tours have limited space. Conference registration is not required.

Historic Daniel Boone Home & Heritage Center and the Lewis & Clark Boathouse – Cost to attend $65

This all-day tour provides insight into both pioneer life in the early 1800s and the 1804 Corps of Discovery expedition, with lunch in the wine country included.

The Boone Heritage Center offers a glimpse of early settlers in their new home west of the Mississippi River. Tour the home and adjoining village. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended as the path is sometimes uneven. Most buildings are accessible to those with mobility issues.

The Lewis & Clark Boathouse is situated on the bank of the Missouri River in St. Charles and marks the place where the Corps of Discovery started their arduous expedition in 1804. Learn about their two-year travels to Fort Clatsop, Oregon, and back.

Historic St. Louis Tour - Cost to attend $65

This all-day tour, with lunch included, introduces many highlights of the area. The tour guide, a St. Louis historian, will provide background information, architectural highlights, and the history of various facilities, including cemeteries, churches, homes, mansions, museums, and the Gateway Arch.

St. Louis County Library – Free to attend. Must register for this event. 

Home of the NGS Book Loan Collection, the library is open throughout the conference. Researchers may drive any time or (on Tuesday only) register for the limited bus service. Several restaurants are nearby.

National Archives Personnel Records Center – Free to attend. Must register for this event. 

A tour of the National Archives is available Monday or Tuesday. Due to limited public parking, registered attendees must use the tour bus to access this facility. Bags and other packages are not allowed in the building. A cell phone is acceptable, but attendees should not take other electronic devices. Attendees will go through an airport type screening upon entering and exiting the building.

Anyone who wants to do research during the conference week should submit an online research request. When NARA replies, make an appointment to visit the facility, if desired.

Note: Space and staffing considerations do not permit research during the tour hours.

Because the facility can only accommodate a limited number of guests at one time, the director will provide a presentation at the Conference Center on Thursday evening at 5:30 p.m.

Questions? Contact NGS Registrar Courtney Holmes at registration@ngsgenealogy.org or refer to FAQs.

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