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The National Archives at Kansas City


DESCRIPTION: The National Archives at Kansas City has more than 50,000 cubic feet of original federal records from more than 100 agencies within the Central Plains region including Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota. The state-of-the-art facility houses more than 60 million pages of historical records including documents, photographs, maps, drawings and artifacts, which date as far back as 1815.
ADDRESS: 400 W. Pershing Rd., Kansas City, Mo.
LOCATION: Downtown Kansas City near Union Station and Crown Center
PHONE: 816-268-8000
WEB SITE: www.archives.gov/central-plains/kansas-city/
HIGHLIGHTS: 
  • Public programs include workshops on genealogy, research in archives and teaching history using archival documents. The organization also offers free tours of the facility, exhibits and a variety of lectures. Check the Web site for schedule of current programming.
  • The Regional History Gallery displays exhibits from other organizations, such as libraries, historical societies and archival institutions in the Central Plains region.
  • The Concourse Gallery hosts large, national traveling exhibits about historical themes. Check the Web site for current exhibits.
  • The gift shop, The Kansas City Store, is operated by Kansas City Star Books, a major regional book publisher and subsidiary of The Kansas City Star newspaper. The store sells books and publications about the National Archives in addition to an assortment of other books and history-themed merchandise.
HOURS: Research: Tue.-Sat. 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Exhibit Gallery: Tue.-Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., The Kansas City Store at the National Archives: Tue.-Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The facility is closed on Sundays, Mondays and Federal holidays.
ADMISSION: Access is free to documents, displays and exhibits, online genealogy subscription services, workshops and events.
WHERE TO GET LUNCH: The nearby Union Station houses three full-service restaurants, ranging from casual fare at Union CafĂ©, steaks and seafood at Pierpont's and malts and hamburgers at the new Harvey House Diner. In addition, Java Time, the Fast Track Deli and Times Square Concessionaire feature snacks and beverages. Several restaurants in the nearby Freight House are accessible via the Station's pedestrian walkway.
WHAT'S NEARBY: Historic Union Station, home to an exhibit exploring the history of the American railroad, Science City, various restaurants and more is nearby. Use the Link walkway in Union Station to access Crown Center, home to shops, restaurants and entertainment options or visit the Crossroads Arts District via Union Station's pedestrian walkway. The Liberty Memorial, the National World War I Museum, is also within walking distance.
WHAT'S NEW: In May 2009, the National Archives at Kansas City moved to a new state-of-the-art facility in the renovated Adams Express building. The facility is now located in the heart of Kansas City near Union Station at 400 W. Pershing Rd.
HANDS-ON ACTIVITIES: Conduct your own research in the research rooms or replicate a famous signature and take it home with you. Whether on a letter, bankruptcy form, court case, or homestead application, famous signatures abound in the historical records.
DON'T FORGET: Bring identification such as a driver's license, passport, or student identification card so that you may be issued a researcher's card.
GROUP TOURS: For information on group tours, contact Lori Cox-Paul at lori.cox-paul@nara.gov or 816-268-8000.
PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: Take the MAX bus to the Union Station/Science City stop.
DRIVING THERE: From the north: Take I-29 south to Hwy 169 south. It will turn into the Broadway Extension. Stay on Broadway across the river and through Downtown to Pershing Road. Turn left on Pershing Road. At the first stoplight turn left (North) onto the viaduct bridge and arrive at 400 West Pershing.

From the south: Take I-35 north and exit at 1C, Southwest Boulevard/Pennway. Turn right (east) on Pennway. Turn right (south) on Broadway Boulevard. Turn left on Pershing Road. At the first stoplight turn left (North) onto the viaduct bridge and arrive at 400 West Pershing.

From the west: Take I-70 east to I-670. Merge onto I-35 South, and then exit at 20th Street. At 20th, turn left (east). Turn right (south) on Broadway Boulevard. Turn left on Pershing Road. At the first stoplight turn left (North) onto the viaduct bridge and arrive at 400 West Pershing.

From the east: Take I-70 west to I-670 west, then to the Downtown loop. Exit to I-35 south. Exit at 20th Street. At 20th, turn left (east). Turn right (south) onto Broadway Boulevard. Turn left onto Pershing Road. At the first stoplight turn left (North) onto the viaduct bridge and arrive at 400 West Pershing.
PARKING: Visitors to the National Archives should park in front of the building, or in the Union Station parking garage just east of the Archives. Parking is free.
PUBLIC RELATIONS CONTACT: Kimberlee Ried, archives specialist, at 816- 268-8000 or kimberlee.ried@nara.gov.

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