About Us


Susannah Kriegshauser had been researching and practicing metal detecting since 1980, hunting in both the United States and England.

In 2011 she began giving basic metal detecting classes through the St. Louis County Library system. At the same time she held informal detecting meetings at her home for her students. As her popular classes began expanding to 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. In October 2015, along with 8 former students, she formed the Gateway Metal Detecting Club. The first formal meeting was held on January 5, 2016, and by the end of that year, the club had over 60 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.

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.