Long time Kansas City residents often say they never knew about the gorgeous house hidden in Westport behind Prydes but there was a day when it, and its owners’ hotel, the Harris House, was the center of activity and culture in Westport. The Harris-Kearney House located on 4000 Baltimore Avenue in Westport, stands proud today with many stories to tell about the families that built … Continue reading Remembering Old Westport – The Harris- Kearney House
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! … Continue reading Living History
Ever wonder about the life on a Kansas farm in 1929? You don’t have to go far to experience the quiet simplicity of farm life how it was in Shawnee at the first part of the 20th century. Just head to Old Shawnee Town at 11501 West 57th Street in Shawnee where you will learn about the “truck farmers” that were so prevalent then. The self-sustaining farms … Continue reading Re-living the 1920’s at Old Shawnee Town
Kansas City has a lot of history, but few places have as many spots within such a small area that give you a glimpse into the past as Independence Missouri. Once an area settled by the Osage Indians, Lewis & Clark recorded in 1804 that they picked plums, raspberries and wild apples in the spot that would soon become a major frontier town dubbed “Queen … Continue reading Layers of History in Independence
Living in Kansas City most of my life and an avid history lover, one would think I’ve been to the Jesse James farm in Kearney Missouri. I’d always hoped to and just never did. I finally went a couple weeks ago and I was ashamed that I waited so long. The museum and the house behind it was full of great information and little known … Continue reading The Jesse James Farm & Museum
The Kansas City Museum, known as Corinthian Hall is celebrating a milestone birthday! The KC Museum was the home of RA Long, a lumber baron from Kentucky and was finished in 1910 using craftsmen from Italy to create the intricate woodwork inside and the faces of the Greek Gods on the outside. It is an absolute thing of beauty both inside and out and the view … Continue reading 75th Anniversary of the Kansas City Museum
I’ts always good to be in the know about fun-filled activities in your city, especially if they can appeal to any age group. This one is the whole package. The Watkins Mill State Park is a hidden jewel among the rolling hills and woods of Lawson, just minutes from Kansas City. Whether you enjoy hiking trails, fishing, boating, camping or swimming, to me, this tops … Continue reading A Fun (and learning) experience at Watkin’s Woolen Mill!