Living History

Kansas City is so rich in history and when I can, I love to support the many historic sites that depend on the generosity of others to keep their doors open. This weekend there are several activities that will provide you with the opportunity to learn about the amazing history of the city while having a great time with the family. Some are even free!


Local Legacy: A Special Celebration – 75th  Anniversary of the Kansas City Museum

Friday October 9th from 6:30 – 10:00 celebrate the 75th anniversary of Corinthian Hall as a public museum. Enjoy a live band, food, cocktails and silent auction. Proceeds go towards the renovations taking place to re-make the museum into one of the city’s most treasured attractions. Members $50, non-members $75.

Don’t forget to bring the kiddos to the 28th annual Fairy Princess event on December 5th, 6th, 12th, 13th, 19th & 20th. Saturdays 10-4, Sundays noon – 4. $10 per child.

CorinthianHallFall Photo courtesy of Kansas City Museum




Shawnee Indian Mission’s 29th Annual Fall Festival

Bring the family to experience American Indian dancers, mountain men, spinners, weavers, pony rides, tipis,  food and so much more.  Live band on Friday 5-9, Saturday and Sunday 10 -4. FREE!

Poster06_8.5X11_2015-2-copy Photo courtesy of Shawnee Indian Mission



Civil War Battle at Shoal Creek

Civil War buffs should not miss this event on Saturday and Sunday, October 10th & 11th. Experience a fashion show, Civil War re-en-actors acting out the 2nd  battle of Independence, night cannon , Civil War dancing and church service on Sunday. Period costumes requested. $10 per car.

Mark your calendars for the October 24th Halloween event! Elementary age children, 11-2 (Free) and a scarier event from 7:30 – 9 for ages 15 an above ($8).

287 Photo courtesy of Shoal Creek Living History Museum



18th & Vine Jazz and Blues Festival

Saturday October 10th, enjoy the sounds of Kansas City from the 1930’s at the 18th & Vine district. Food vendors, jazz film screenings, kids activities and three stages featuring over 22 performers will ensure fun for the whole family. 1pm – 12:00 am, $10 – $15.


Not only will you find both the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, the Jazz Museum, the Gem Theater and the Blue Note - there are painted sstorefronts and signs left over from the filming of the 1990 Robert Altman film "Mr. and Mrs. Bridge."

Photo courtesy of 18th & Vine District




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