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Robert Moore



Robert J. Moore, Jr. is a public historian. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Syracuse University, and Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in history from Washington University in St. Louis. His dissertation, Social Darwinism, Social Imperialism, and Rapprochement: Theodore Roosevelt and The English-Speaking Peoples, 1886-1901 (Washington University, 2003), was about British influences on Roosevelt prior to his Presidency.

Moore worked for the National Park Service for 40 years, and between 1991 and 2020 was the historian at Gateway Arch National Park in St. Louis. His duties included the conservation and preservation of two significant structures: Eero Saarinen’s Gateway Arch and St. Louis’ Old Courthouse. In addition he was compliance officer for regional National Historic Landmarks and worked on preservation issues for such St. Louis-area structures as the Old Cathedral; the Jarrot Mansion; French vernacular architecture sites in Ste. Genevieve, Missouri; and the Soldier’s Memorial. He has written articles for national publications on Lewis and Clark, westward expansion, architecture, enslavement, and Dred Scott. He is the author of eight books, featured below.

Moore has taught as an adjunct professor at Washington University in University College and in the American Culture Studies program in Arts & Sciences since 2004, and regularly as a senior lecturer in the Sam Fox School since 2011 with courses on the history of architecture in St. Louis and on historic preservation in the United States.


Select Publications
Urban Innovation and Practical Partnerships: An Administrative History of Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, 1980-1991 (U.S. Government Printing Office, 1994)
Native Americans: A Portrait; The Art and Travels of Charles Bird King, George Catlin and Karl Bodmer (Stewart, Tabori & Chang, New York, New York, 1997)
Tailor Made, Trail Worn: Army Life, Clothing and Equipment at the Time of the Lewis and Clark Expedition (Far Country Press, Helena, Montana, 2003)
The Old Courthouse (Jefferson National Parks Association, St. Louis, Missouri, 2004)
The Museum of Westward Expansion (Jefferson National Parks Association, St. Louis, Missouri, 2004)
The Gateway Arch: An Architectural Dream (Jefferson National Parks Association, St. Louis, Missouri, 2005)