Historical Visits

Kansas City Museum – A Renewed Purpose

For decades, schoolchildren from around the metropolitan region made the annual field trip to the Kansas City Museum. I remember visiting during the time that it focused primarily on our hometown's history. It also featured hundreds of taxidermized animals in lifelike settings. In 2008, the museum was closed for a complete renovation and repurposing. When we heard it had reopened, we were eager to see the renewed purpose of this Kansas City landmark. Located at 3218 Gladstone Boulevard, this FREE attraction is a good choice for a day of exploring. Failure Turned Into Success I have to wonder how many fortunes were started [...]

By |2022-09-16T06:25:51-06:00September 16th, 2022|Historical Visits, Kansas City, KC Fun|6 Comments

National Museum of Toys And Miniatures – Releasing My Inner Child

I have to admit that there's a little kid in me that can come out at the most inopportune moments. To limit the silliness from becoming too rampant, I find it best to shower my inner child with periodic visits to kid-friendly attractions. Kansas City just happens to be home to quite a few of these, so that works out best for keeping me in check. One of our favorites is the National Museum of Toys and Miniatures, which is located at 5235 Oak Street. It is a special place that we recommend to people every chance we get. I may enter this [...]

By |2022-04-29T06:43:41-06:00April 29th, 2022|Historical Visits, Kansas City, KC Fun, Kid Friendly|4 Comments

Changing Times – Johnson County Museum

Kansas burst into the Union in an unusually bloody fashion. Human presence can be traced back to at least the 1400s. It would be the mid-1800s that saw the quick escalation of violence. The story of Bloody Kansas has been told many times, but we find each site sheds a little more perspective. The Johnson County Museum, at 8788 Metcalf Avenue, is a good resource for learning about the changing times that make up our state's history. We dropped by for a refresher course on how Kansas transitioned to its current state. Going Way Back Johnson County was one of the first areas [...]

By |2022-03-06T16:40:33-06:00March 11th, 2022|Historical Visits, Kansas City, KC Fun|4 Comments

Shawnee Indian Mission – Hidden Kansas History

Are there places that you've been meaning to visit for years? We faced that same situation right in our backyard. The Shawnee Indian Mission has been a destination we have discussed visiting for quite some time. It seems like some other stop would always push this place to the back burner. We finally said "enough is enough" and planned a stopover at this local historical attraction. Without much research, we arrived with open minds and eager to learn about these indigenous people. The Shawnee Tribe We discovered that the first floor of the museum focuses on the Shawnee people. By the 1600s, the [...]

By |2022-02-11T07:07:41-06:00February 11th, 2022|Historical Visits, Kansas City, KC Fun|2 Comments

Fort Osage – Life On The Edge Of The Frontier

Our visit to Fort Osage whisked us back over 200 years to a time when America was much smaller than it is today. Our nation's freedom had been won in the American Revolution, and we were in the midst of a great expansion. The Louisiana Purchase had allowed the fledgling nation to increase its land holdings by over 800,000 square miles. The reality is that what France had sold them was the right to obtain Native Indian lands by treaty or conquest. By nearly doubling its size, this new country was set on a path of growth.   We want to thank Fort Osage [...]

By |2021-12-03T07:25:54-06:00December 3rd, 2021|Historical Visits, Kansas City, KC Fun|4 Comments

Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop – Fine Country

A visit to the Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop takes guests back over 150 years, to a time when the territory was just opening for business. With so much history at this site, we were scratching our heads wondering why we had never visited. Knowing that nothing can be done to change the past, we pushed ahead with a plan to mend this oversight. A beautiful fall day in Kansas City offered us the perfect backdrop for our inaugural visit. We had plans to dive into all of the fun and educational opportunities that are found in this historic stop. Moving to the Farm James [...]

By |2021-11-05T06:07:25-06:00November 5th, 2021|Historical Visits, Kansas City, KC Fun, Kid Friendly|2 Comments

Missouri Town 1855 – Welcoming Fall

As Autumn descends on the Midwest, people will find an abundance of harvest-themed festivals. Welcoming Fall brings a change in the air, that signals the shortening of daylight hours. We find ourselves trying to savor every moment. Scanning the Kansas City calendar of events, we noticed the annual Fall Festival at Missouri Town 1855. Since we had never visited this particular outdoor venue, this seemed like the perfect destination for our first 2021 autumn excursion. Frozen in Time Missouri Town 1855 has a fairly self-explanatory name. The idea was to create a crossroads town that would be common around the start of the [...]

By |2021-10-21T05:51:00-06:00October 15th, 2021|Historical Visits, Kansas City, KC Fun, Kid Friendly|4 Comments

Seeing The Details – Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Variety keeps life from becoming boring. You can imagine what it would be like if every museum was exactly the same. Each would hold the same static displays and spout the same factoids. Fortunately, this isn't the case. Each history museum has its own approach to telling stories from the past. We also have a nice selection of subjects to choose from. On one of our visits to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, we took the time to enjoy one of their annual events. With this particular museum being in our hometown, we have plenty of opportunities to visit. Seeing the details in [...]

By |2020-02-06T20:41:08-06:00February 14th, 2020|Historical Visits, Kansas City, KC Fun, Kid Friendly|0 Comments

A Story Of Passion Extinguished – Vaile Mansion

Kansas City is a metropolis filled with countless tales. Every corner of the city has its urban legends, myths, and tall tales. Somewhere along the way, many of these began with an inkling of truth and were merely stretched with passing time. Not long after the Civil War ended, many pioneers would pass through Independence on their way out west. A steady stream of travelers would have traveled along a path that would have led them past the Vaile Mansion at 1500 North Liberty Street. Many sories were spun regarding this massive home that rose high above the rolling hills. A Love Story [...]

By |2022-10-13T08:44:21-06:00June 15th, 2018|Historical Visits, Kansas City, KC Fun|8 Comments

What To Expect At The National Agriculture Center

The promise of a warm Spring day in Kansas City can often change quickly. Such was the case when we visited the National Agricultural Center and Hall of Fame in Bonner Springs, Kansas. We were meeting up with a group of social influencers who had been invited to an Instameet being hosted by Visit Kansas City, Kansas. By the time we arrived, a blustery wind had brought in clouds, cooler temperatures, and the threat of rain. At least the first portion would be indoors. We want to thank the Ag Hall of Fame and Visit KCK for their hospitality. Rest assured that all opinions are [...]

By |2022-10-13T08:51:20-06:00May 25th, 2018|Historical Visits, Kansas City, KC Fun|0 Comments
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