Susannah Kriegshauser, a professional detectorist, has researched and practiced metal detecting since 1980, hunting in both the United States and in England. She began giving metal detecting classes to residents of the South County region of St. Louis in 2011 through the St. Louis County Library system. As her popular classes began expanding to also include people from Jefferson County, South St. Louis city, Arnold, and Illinois, she was frequently asked about starting a detecting club for this southern region. Along with 8 former students, she formed the Gateway Metal Detecting Club in October 2015, and the first formal meeting was held on January 5, 2016. By the end of that first year of 2016, the club had over 80 members.
The Gateway Metal Detecting Club is a group of detecting enthusiasts who enjoy the thrill and excitement of finding lost items. Their purpose is to have fun, attract people interested in learning metal detecting, promote responsible detecting, and bring to public awareness the value of metal detecting to the community.
The club adheres to a strict policy of compliance with local and state regulations and ordinances. It is also committed to detecting in an environmentally-friendly manner by clearing hunt sites of broken glass, needles, nails, beer cans, and any other trash, thereby leaving the area cleaner for the enjoyment of all. NO holes are ever left unfilled. Restricted areas are left untouched. Finds of historical significance are turned over to either the owner or to the proper authorities.
The club enthusiastically participates in the free recovery of lost items for residents as a community service. This has included keys, rings, property stakes, cellphones, and more.
It encourages residents and new members to come on club hunts with seasoned members so as to foster a better understanding of the mechanics of metal detecting, and to broaden the perception of what metal detecting can mean to the community.
Members participate monthly in a club-sponsored hunt at various sites including farms, parks, old houses, stagecoach lines etc.
The club also gives classes on metal detecting basics for those either thinking of taking up the hobby, or those who already have a detector but don’t quite know how to get started. Even avid detectorists come to the classes to get tips, new information, and just to socialize with new enthusiasts of our exciting hobby.