The sights and sounds of a uniquely American art form come alive at the American Jazz Museum.
The National World War I Museum & Memorial Commemorates Centennial
The National World War I Museum and Memorial has been called a national treasure by Pulitzer Prize winning biographer, A. Scott Berg, and deemed one of the nation’s Top 25 Museums, by TripAdvisor. This is the only museum in Kansas or Missouri named to the list.
Opened in December 2006, the Museum encompasses a 30,000-square-foot core exhibit space and owns the world’s most comprehensive collection of WWI artifacts. As the only national museum dedicated to the Great War, it holds a wide array of constantly changing special exhibitions, making repeat attendance worthwhile.
“Part of the reason I believe we’re ranked among the top 25 museums in the country is that people of all ages enjoy an incredibly diverse experience when they visit the National World War I Museum and Memorial,” says President and CEO Dr. Matthew Naylor. “We constantly seek to tell personal stories from World War I and how the most influential event of the 20th century affects people to this very day.”
Commemorating the WWI Centennial
Commemorating the WWI Centennial, the Museum offers Sand to Snow: Global War 1915, through April 10, 2016. This exhibition features objects and documents from The Netherlands, Russia, Switzerland, India, Germany, Poland, the United States and more than a dozen other countries. Artifacts include a Turkish infantry rank insignia shoulder board for a Major; an Australian/New Zealand cribbage board and writing utensil; and an Imperial German M1915 gas mask.
Open through Dec. 6, A Centenary of Australian War Art is the largest collection of war-era Australian artworks ever seen outside of that country. Honoring the 100th anniversary of the Allied landing at Gallipoli, the exhibit showcases pieces by dozens of artists including George Lambert and Arthur Streeton. The exhibition captures some of the vast geographical area and various theaters of conflict and peacekeeping that Australia has covered and participated in, from the Middle east and Europe, to Vietnam, Korea and Singapore.
Drawn to War: The Political Cartoons of Louis Raemaekers, offers pencil sketched political cartoons, by this renowned Dutch artist. His images addressed war’s brutality and destructive forces and also included multiple caricatures of national leaders during that time period. A skeleton drinks blood from a chalice; an infantryman punches Crown Prince Wilhelm in the face; and a soldier writes to his mother from a trench.
Museum’s Operation Series
Many public museum programs ‘connect the dots’ between World War I and how the world’s first global conflict still affects the world. During 2015 the Museum’s Operation series has included:
Operation: Indulgence. Whiskey and chocolate were two indulgences granted to WWI soldiers. In February 2015, acclaimed local chocolatiers, Rene Bollier (André's Confiserie Suisse), Christopher Elbow (Christopher Elbow Artisan Chocolates), and local whiskey expert Ryan Maybee (J. Rieger & Co. Whiskey/Rieger Hotel Grill & Exchange), offered tastings and a panel discussion regarding the role of luxury goods during the War. Guests also enjoyed light appetizers and a cash bar.
Operation: War Fare. Local chefs who competed in this World War I-themed Iron Chef-style cooking competition, during April, came from Affäre, Grünauer, Renee Kelly's Harvest and Webster House. Chef Ted Habiger, Room 39, emceed this unusual event which also featured a cash cocktail bar and World War I-themed food samples.
Operation: Ink. Food, fun, spirits and information about the history and evolution of tattoos were all part of this August event, with Tattoo Historian, Anna Friedman; Whispering Danny of Whispering Danny Exile Tattoos; Ryan Maybee of The Rieger Hotel, who provided cocktails; and food samples from award-winning The Local Pig. Taking place on October 22, Operation: Hard Core will explore the history of cider with Master Sommelier and Master of Wine, Doug Frost.'
Additional programs include the family friendly series Day in the Life, in which living history volunteers share stories of the Great War era; and the In the Know series – which tackles topics such as the development and use of chemical warfare, particularly during WWI.
Historians and authors from across the world also speak about diverse topics associated with WWI. On Saturdays in most months during the year Hands-on History events provide opportunities to handle artifacts from the Great War, in the main gallery too.
“Whether it’s a youth-oriented program where children handle artifacts, an exhibition on Australian war art, a program detailing the evolution of tattoos following World War I or sharing the inspirational story of how Kansas Citians built the Liberty Memorial nearly 100 years ago – all are incredibly compelling,” Dr. Naylor says.
The American Royal hosts many of Kansas City's premier fall events including the World Series of Barbecue®; the world's largest barbecue competition, their Livestock Show; one of the Midwest's largest livestock expositions, a PRCA sanctioned professional rodeo, and 6 prestigious horse shows including the UPHA National Championship Horse Show. These events allow the American Royal, a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit organization, to give over $1 million annually for youth scholarships and support agriculture education programs.
Focusing on the role of agribusiness in our lives. Participate in tours led by trained, museum docents. Try out the new equine exhibit and learn about different gaits. Gain insight into the vital role that agriculture played in Kansas City's rich and storied history. Learn about the beginnings of the American Royal and the impact of Tom Bass and Loula Long Combs. Observe horse show, rodeo and livestock show clothing, saddles and memorabilia. Compare your weight with chickens, market hogs, and feeder steers. Visit the reading corner, play computer games, and learn about livestock judging.
The Bingham-Waggoner Estate is recognized today as one of the most significant historical sites in western Missouri because of its role in the history of the area and the people that lived there. Plotted in 1827 on that super highway west called the Santa Fe Trail, the Estate played an important part in our region's history. Of the many colorful owners, characters and residents of this now legendary home, the most famous is the artist and politician George Caleb Bingham.
The Center is named in honor of Bruce R. Watkins, a political and social activist. Watkins was fueled by the need to recognize and preserve the varied contributions African-Americans made to the development of Kansas City. The facility is located on one of Kansas City's major thoroughfares.
Charles Wallace Parker started traveling carnivals in the midwest and was expanding rapidly. His carousels began to evolve through several style changes. He went from the track machines to the jumping carousels, from steam to electric. The carving on the horses began to get more fanciful. The Parker "Carry-Us-Alls" (his play on words for carousel) continued to be the most important part of the amusement business. He built hundreds of small traveling carousels and also built five large extravagant "park" machines, designed to be permanently installed in large amusement parks.
The Depot was built in 1879. It was moved to its current location and restored during the decade from 1992 to 2002. The two-story depot contains three rooms on the first floor which are the waiting room, stationmaster's room, and baggage room. On the second floor, four rooms, which were formerly the stationmaster's residence, are the kitchen, dining room, bedroom, and the parlor. Each of these rooms is furnished in the period circa 1879. A separate display room contains C & A artifacts. There are hundreds of C & A collectables found throughout the depot.
Suburb south of KCMO along I-49. Nationally-recognized parks, revitalized Main Street and renovated shopping center are fueling a thriving Grandview where we are Building Tomorrow's Community.
Frank Lloyd Wright designed this "church of the future." With a Steeple of Light, four spires projecting 60,000 watts of light into space. This technology didn't exist until 1993 when the church completed construction according to his design. Visitors Welcome.
The Frontier Army Museum collects and preserves items used to tell the story of the Frontier Army from 1804 to 1916 and Fort Leavenworth from 1827 to the present day. Officially recognized as an Army Museum in 1960, the Museum preserves one of the finest collections of nineteenth century military artifacts in the country. In order to visit the museum on post guests must visit the Visitor Control Center (VCC) and obtain a pass.