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upcoming EVENTS

Sep
23
Sat
Museum Day Live!
Sep 23 all-day
Museum Day Live! @ Independence | Missouri | United States

Don’t miss America’s annual celebration of boundless curiosity promoting STEM initiatives.  Museum Day Live! Is a nationwide event where participating museums and cultural institutions across the country offer free admission on September 23, 2017 to anyone presenting a Museum Day Live! Ticket.  The Museum Day Live! ticket provides free admission for two people. Where will your curiosity lead you on Museum Day Live!?
Let us know @MuseumDay  #BoundlessCuriosity  #MuseumDayLive
Visit www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/museum-day-live-2017  for a listing of all participating museums and to purchase tickets.

Sep
28
Thu
Book Event: The First Beverly Hillbilly – The Untold Story of Paul Henning @ Wild About Harry
Sep 28 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Book Event: The First Beverly Hillbilly - The Untold Story of Paul Henning @ Wild About Harry | Independence | Missouri | United States

Cost: $25 for a copy of the book.

“Come listen to a story about a man named Jed …”It’s a book launch. Join us for the release of The First Beverly Hillbilly: The Untold Story of the Creator of Rural TV Comedy. This book shares the untold story of Independence native Paul Henning – best known for creating the Clampetts, one of America’s most beloved families in television history, and Hooterville, one of its wackiest hometowns. The $25 ticket includes one hardcover copy of the book and a free drink (cocktail, wine or beer) that evening at Cafe Verona or Ophelia’s Restaurant on the Independence Square. The book will retail for $27. Purchase one ticket for each hardcover copy you would like. Books will be available that evening. After the event, books will be available at the Jackson County Historical Society bookshop (Truman Courthouse) or online at www.beverlyhillbilly.org. Mary Childers, a well-known Independence educator and niece of Paul and Ruth Henning, will be present and share some family stories. The book shares Henning’s amazing life – working in early Kansas City radio, writing for celebrities and creating the widely popular television shows Beverly Hillbillies, Petticoat Junction and Green Acres. The book was written by Ruth Henning, his talented wife, who shares stories about Henning who was a shy but talented man who she describes as “the writer nobody knows.” The actress Doris Day, had this to say about the book: “”Paul Henning and Stanley Shapiro wrote a very funny, Oscar-nominated screenplay for my second film with Rock Hudson, “Lover Come Back.” Rock and I had such great laughs, and working on the film was truly a joy.” The manuscript, completed in 1994 was never published, but later was found in the Jackson County Historical Society archives among the papers of local historican and journalist Sue Gentry and a friend of the Hennings.

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Sep
30
Sat
Over the Santa Fe Trail to Mexico Book Presentation @ Historic Truman Courthouse - Brady Courtroom 2nd Floor
Sep 30 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Over the Santa Fe Trail to Mexico Book Presentation @ Historic Truman Courthouse - Brady Courtroom 2nd Floor | Independence | Missouri | United States

****You must RSVP for this event. We have limited seating.******

One of the first physicians to travel the Santa Fe Trail and El Camino Real in 1825, and who was the only medical doctor to examine mountain man Hugh Glass after his near-fatal grizzly bear attack, is the subject of a new book edited by Joy L. Poole, Deputy State Librarian of Santa Fe, NM. The book is entitled Over the Santa Fe Trail to Mexico: The Travel Diaries & Autobiography of Dr. Rowland Willard 1825-1828 (Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press, 2015, 279 pp., $21.95 Paperback). The American Association for State & Local History Leadership in History Awards Committee chose Poole’s book as a 2016 Award of Merit winner. Poole will be speaking about Dr. Willard and signing copies of her book on Sat., Sept 30 @ 1:00 p.m., at the Jackson County Courthouse for the Jackson County Historical Society in Independence, Missouri. Few Americans know much about Dr. Willard who set out on the Santa Fe Trail from St. Charles, MO, soon after completing his medical apprenticeship. On his first day on the trail, he met Hugh Glass, who regaled Dr. Willard with stories of his wilderness experiences. Dr. Rowland Willard (1784-1894) recalled in his memoir that Glass, subject of the Oscar-nominated hit film, THE REVENANT, (starring Leonardo DiCaprio), had … “large chasms upon right arm and shoulder blade, the crest of which was wanting, also the upper portion of the right thigh…”. Dr. Willard’s exam occurred in May of 1825, at Blue Springs, a well-known mountain man rendezvous site on the Santa Fe Trail. Dr. Willard traveled with Hugh Glass and other mountain men across the Santa Fe Trail. They arrived in Taos, NM in July just in time to celebrate the America’s Independence day. Dr. Willard practiced medicine in Taos, visited Santa Fe briefly, and then traveled south to Chihuahua, Mexico. He arrived during a measles epidemic. There Dr. Willard treated patients for two years before returning to MO in 1828. Leonardo DiCaprio won an Academy Award for portraying Hugh Glass in the Oscar-nominated 2015 hit film, The Revenant.
Link to RSVP: https://jchsmo.eventbrite.com/

Oct
6
Fri
Haunted Ghost Tours @ 1859 Jail Museum
Oct 6 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Haunted Ghost Tours @ 1859 Jail Museum | Independence | Missouri | United States

It’s time for our annual Haunted Ghost Tours! Tickets go on sale to the General Public on September 5th at 10AM. Tour times are 7PM, 8PM, and 9PM. No refunds. No exchanges. All sales are final. Visitors will tour the 1859 Jail and Marshal’s Home to learn about the history of the building and some of the ghosts that still “haunt” it. Then you will be whisked away on a covered wagon ride around the Historic Independence Square, where you will hear more stories about the Square. The tour takes approximately two hours.
The Haunted Ghost Tours benefit the Jackson County Historical Society.
Sponsors: Dusk 2 Dawn Paranormal and Pioneer Trails Adventures.
Link for tickets: https://jchsmo.eventbrite.com/

Oct
7
Sat
Haunted Ghost Tours @ 1859 Jail Museum
Oct 7 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Haunted Ghost Tours @ 1859 Jail Museum | Independence | Missouri | United States

It’s time for our annual Haunted Ghost Tours! Tickets go on sale to the General Public on September 5th at 10AM. Tour times are 7PM, 8PM, and 9PM. No refunds. No exchanges. All sales are final. Visitors will tour the 1859 Jail and Marshal’s Home to learn about the history of the building and some of the ghosts that still “haunt” it. Then you will be whisked away on a covered wagon ride around the Historic Independence Square, where you will hear more stories about the Square. The tour takes approximately two hours.
The Haunted Ghost Tours benefit the Jackson County Historical Society.
Sponsors: Dusk 2 Dawn Paranormal and Pioneer Trails Adventures.
Link for tickets: https://jchsmo.eventbrite.com/

Oct
12
Thu
Ghouls (Girls) Night Out
Oct 12 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Ghouls (Girls) Night Out

Presented by: Wild About Harry

 

Ladies! Need a little retail therapy? Looking for something fun and unique to do with your girlfriends? Plan a night out, escape to the Square, and take advantage of special shopping offers, socializing and spending quality time with friends. This will be a night of food, beauty, fun and of course shopping! Our shops will have extended shopping hours along with food & beverage samples, promotional items, games, prizes raffles, a plenty of great discounts throughout the night. So grab your girlfriends, mother, sister, aunt and neighbor and head to the Square for an ultimate night of sisterhood, shopping, and socializing on the Square! Proceeds help promote, preserve and beautify our historic downtown district.

This Girls Ghouls event adds an additional layer of fun with your friends! Put on your best witchy wear and come to the Square! Windows will be decorated for the season including a jack-o-lantern contest between merchants.

INFORMATION ABOUT THE EVENT:

  • Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door. TICKETS
  • Your pre-registration includes:
    • Reusable swag bag and special goodies to start your night.
    • Several lucky ladies will receive a $10 gift certificate to participating businesses in their bag. Gift certificates are randomly put into swag bags.
    • Fabulous giveaways, samples, prizes and/or discounts at the shops.
  • Bring your printed registration ticket to the check-in location to receive your swag bag.
  • The check-in is located at the Exchange Event Space on street-level of the Courthouse Exchange Restaurant, 113 West Lexington Avenue.
  • Bags may be picked up on the day of the event only between 4:00pm-7:00pm. BAG MUST BE PICKED UP BEFORE 7:00PM.
  • Each participant will receive a wristband, map of the Square with the location of each of the participating businesses.
  • Raffle entry will be at the check-in location.
  • From there participants can venture out to the participating businesses. Event flags will mark participating merchants.
  • RAIN OR SHINE EVENT, NO REFUNDS!

ABOUT THE CONTEST:

Come dressed in your best witchy wear! When you check-in, we will ask you if you would like to be entered in the contest and which category you would like to be entered. Our Facebook friends will choose the best witch hat, witch broom, witch shoes, and best overall costume.

Categories for the contest: Best witch’s hat, best witch’s broom, witch’s shoes, and best overall witch’s costume.

  • A photo will be taken of you in your hat, with your broom, shoes or in your costume.
  • Your photo will be posted on the Independence Square Facebook page for you to like and share with family and friends. Remember, the more likes the better!
  • The photo with the most likes per category will be awarded the prize.
  • Each winner per category will receive a $50 gift certificate. Only one winner per category will be chosen.
  • Winners will be announced on Facebook, Monday, October 16th.

PINK TICKETS

Pink Tickets are back!!! Receive a PINK TICKET for $$ spent during the night.
Here’s how the PINK TICKETS work:

  • The more you spend the more tickets you will receive for a chance to win a large prize.
  • You will need to spend $10 initially at any participating GNO businesses to receive a ticket.
  • For every $10 you spend you will receive additional tickets (Example – If you spend $43.25 you receive 4 tickets increasing your chances of winning).
  • Shop the next participating store; spend at least $10 to register at that business.
  • Receive additional pink tickets for every EXTRA $10.00 spent.
  • We will announce the winner on Facebook & Twitter and our website.
  • The winner doesn’t need to be present to win.
  • If you have won, to collect your prize, bring the other half of the winning ticket to our Square office.
  • Only one winner will be drawn.
  • The winner will receive $100 in Square gift certificates!

 

Pre-purchase your ticket before we are sold out! TICKETS

A limited supply will be available for purchase at the door.

This is a rain or shine event, no refunds.

Oct
13
Fri
Historical Hauntings at the 1859 Jail Museum @ 1859 Jail Museum
Oct 13 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Historical Hauntings at the 1859 Jail Museum @ 1859 Jail Museum | Independence | Missouri | United States

This tour will follow the same format as the Haunted Ghost Tours, but guests will have the opportunity to “meet” some of our spirits. The tour will be approximately 2 hours- visitors will spend 1 hour in the 1859 Jail and Marshal’s Home, then spend 1 hour on a covered wagon meeting other “spirits.” Tours begin at 7, 8, and 9PM. This event is recommended for ages 13 and above. The cost for Historical Hauntings is $25. No refunds or exchanges. Tickets go on sale September 5th for the General Public.
The Haunted Ghost Tours benefit the Jackson County Historical Society.
Sponsors: Dusk 2 Dawn Paranormal and Pioneer Trails Adventures.
Link for tickets: https://jchsmo.eventbrite.com/

Oct
14
Sat
The Bandit Rides Again: Jesse James, Whiskeyhead Ryan & the Glendale Train Robbery @ Historic Truman Courthouse, Brady Courtroom - 2nd floor
Oct 14 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
The Bandit Rides Again: Jesse James, Whiskeyhead Ryan & the Glendale Train Robbery @ Historic Truman Courthouse, Brady Courtroom - 2nd floor | Independence | Missouri | United States

The Jackson County Historical Society plans to reenact the retrial of Bill “Whiskeyhead” Ryan and his involvement in the 1881 robbery of an Alton & Chicago train about five miles east of Independence at the Glendale Station. It is equally a story about the end of the Jesse James gang. This event is based on extensive research by local historian Ralph Monaco and will feature many members of the Jackson County legal community and other historic reenactors. The public performance will take place in the actual courtroom where the case was first heard in September 1881. Space is limited for the performance in the historic Brady Courtroom in the Truman Courthouse on the Independence Square. Tickets are $10. All proceeds benefit the Jackson County Historical Society.
Link for tickets: https://jchsmo.eventbrite.com/

Haunted Ghost Tours @ 1859 Jail Museum
Oct 14 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Haunted Ghost Tours @ 1859 Jail Museum | Independence | Missouri | United States

It’s time for our annual Haunted Ghost Tours! Tickets go on sale to the General Public on September 5th at 10AM. Tour times are 7PM, 8PM, and 9PM. No refunds. No exchanges. All sales are final. Visitors will tour the 1859 Jail and Marshal’s Home to learn about the history of the building and some of the ghosts that still “haunt” it. Then you will be whisked away on a covered wagon ride around the Historic Independence Square, where you will hear more stories about the Square. The tour takes approximately two hours.
The Haunted Ghost Tours benefit the Jackson County Historical Society.
Sponsors: Dusk 2 Dawn Paranormal and Pioneer Trails Adventures.
Link for tickets: https://jchsmo.eventbrite.com/

Oct
20
Fri
Haunted Ghost Tours @ 1859 Jail Museum
Oct 20 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Haunted Ghost Tours @ 1859 Jail Museum | Independence | Missouri | United States

It’s time for our annual Haunted Ghost Tours! Tickets go on sale to the General Public on September 5th at 10AM. Tour times are 7PM, 8PM, and 9PM. No refunds. No exchanges. All sales are final. Visitors will tour the 1859 Jail and Marshal’s Home to learn about the history of the building and some of the ghosts that still “haunt” it. Then you will be whisked away on a covered wagon ride around the Historic Independence Square, where you will hear more stories about the Square. The tour takes approximately two hours.
The Haunted Ghost Tours benefit the Jackson County Historical Society.
Sponsors: Dusk 2 Dawn Paranormal and Pioneer Trails Adventures.
Link for tickets: https://jchsmo.eventbrite.com/

Oct
21
Sat
Victorian Funeral Customs
Oct 21 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Victorian Funeral Customs

Do you know why a visitation is held before a funeral service? Do you know why it is called a “wake”? Are you aware that the dead were carried out of the house feet first? Are you curious as to why? Have you wondered why family pictures were turned face down when a family member passed? When did the term, “Saved by the Bell” come from and what does it mean. Find out the answers to these and many other questions when you attend the Victorian Funeral Customs Event.

Purchase Tickets

$25.00/couple
$15.00/single

Haunted Ghost Tours @ 1859 Jail Museum
Oct 21 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Haunted Ghost Tours @ 1859 Jail Museum | Independence | Missouri | United States

It’s time for our annual Haunted Ghost Tours! Tickets go on sale to the General Public on September 5th at 10AM. Tour times are 7PM, 8PM, and 9PM. No refunds. No exchanges. All sales are final. Visitors will tour the 1859 Jail and Marshal’s Home to learn about the history of the building and some of the ghosts that still “haunt” it. Then you will be whisked away on a covered wagon ride around the Historic Independence Square, where you will hear more stories about the Square. The tour takes approximately two hours.
The Haunted Ghost Tours benefit the Jackson County Historical Society.
Sponsors: Dusk 2 Dawn Paranormal and Pioneer Trails Adventures.
Link for tickets: https://jchsmo.eventbrite.com/

Oct
27
Fri
Haunted Ghost Tours @ 1859 Jail Museum
Oct 27 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Haunted Ghost Tours @ 1859 Jail Museum | Independence | Missouri | United States

It’s time for our annual Haunted Ghost Tours! Tickets go on sale to the General Public on September 5th at 10AM. Tour times are 7PM, 8PM, and 9PM. No refunds. No exchanges. All sales are final. Visitors will tour the 1859 Jail and Marshal’s Home to learn about the history of the building and some of the ghosts that still “haunt” it. Then you will be whisked away on a covered wagon ride around the Historic Independence Square, where you will hear more stories about the Square. The tour takes approximately two hours.
The Haunted Ghost Tours benefit the Jackson County Historical Society.
Sponsors: Dusk 2 Dawn Paranormal and Pioneer Trails Adventures.
Link for tickets: https://jchsmo.eventbrite.com/

Oct
28
Sat
Haunted Ghost Tours @ 1859 Jail Museum
Oct 28 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Haunted Ghost Tours @ 1859 Jail Museum | Independence | Missouri | United States

It’s time for our annual Haunted Ghost Tours! Tickets go on sale to the General Public on September 5th at 10AM. Tour times are 7PM, 8PM, and 9PM. No refunds. No exchanges. All sales are final. Visitors will tour the 1859 Jail and Marshal’s Home to learn about the history of the building and some of the ghosts that still “haunt” it. Then you will be whisked away on a covered wagon ride around the Historic Independence Square, where you will hear more stories about the Square. The tour takes approximately two hours.
The Haunted Ghost Tours benefit the Jackson County Historical Society.
Sponsors: Dusk 2 Dawn Paranormal and Pioneer Trails Adventures.
Link for tickets: https://jchsmo.eventbrite.com/

Nov
24
Fri
Victorian Holiday Elegance
Nov 24 @ 10:00 am – Dec 30 @ 4:00 pm
Victorian Holiday Elegance

November 24-December 30, 2017

(Closed December 23-25)

Monday – Saturday 10AM-4PM

Sunday 1-4PM

Adults $6.00

Children $3.00

Dec
2
Sat
Champagne & Chandeliers
Dec 2 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Champagne & Chandeliers

Roaring 20s Theme
December 2, 2017
5:30-8:30PM
Tickets $40 per person