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AMERICAN LEGEND

Retrace the steps of President Harry S.Truman.
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FAMILY ROOTS

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WAY WESTWARD

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Jun
1
Thu
Coming to Missouri: German Migration in the 19th Century @ 1859 Jail and Marshal's Home
Jun 1 @ 10:00 am – Oct 9 @ 4:00 pm
Coming to Missouri: German Migration in the 19th Century @ 1859 Jail and Marshal's Home  | Independence | Missouri | United States

Visitors will learn about the massive German migration to Missouri and the lasting effects on Missouri life and culture. It opens April 28, 2017 and closes September 5, 2017. Cost will be museum admittance (regular prices). The exhibit will be open during museum hours. M-Sat 10-4, Sun 1-4.

If you are unable to see the exhibit from April – September, it will be moved and on display at the JCHS History Center from Sept. 6-Dec. 31 2017.

Saving the White House – Truman’s Extreme Makeover @ Truman Library and Museum
Jun 1 2017 @ 10:00 am – Mar 24 2018 @ 6:00 pm
Saving the White House - Truman's Extreme Makeover @ Truman Library and Museum  | Independence | Missouri | United States

When the Truman’s moved into the White House, they became aware of many flaws within the house. The shabby conditions were apparent, but soon the structural issues became undeniable: chandeliers shook, floors creaked, and Harry Truman joked that ghosts roamed the halls. After Margaret’s piano leg fell through the floor, the Truman’s knew they had to take a closer look. Eventually it was determined that the White House was in serious danger of collapsing in on itself and something had to be done. In response, the president worked closely with Congress to create a group, the Commission on the Renovation of the Executive Mansion, which was responsible for the most noteworthy and politically complex home-improvement job in America.
The Truman Library is now presenting a 3,000-sq ft temporary exhibit to share the complex story of the White House renovation. In the exhibit, the 1,222-day, $5.7 million renovation, controversial project is displayed through many different sources such as quotes and artifacts. In addition, the exhibit features the photographs of Abbie Rowe, a National Park Service photographer assigned to the White House. Rowe’s exclusive access to the White House and the resulting photographs have provided an invaluable record of the time. Visitors to the museum will be able to view artifacts such as mantel pieces, souvenirs, and never-before-seen film footage.

Pioneering People – A Path to Progress @ Historic Independence Square
Jun 1 @ 1:00 pm – Oct 5 @ 6:00 pm
Pioneering People - A Path to Progress @ Historic Independence Square  | Independence | Missouri | United States

 

 Saturday, May 6  then Saturdays May 27 through September 30, 2017 Pioneering People and Path to Progress 

Except weekend of September 1-4 during the Santa-Cali-Gon Days Festival.

 

9:30 AM to 10:30 AM    Encounters with People of the Past

1849 was certainly an important year for Independence, Missouri. What better place to catch up on local gossip than the Farmer’s Market, just off the Square. While you meet some of the residents shopping for fresh produce, you may want to take some home yourself!

 

10:00 AM to 4:00 PM     Covered Wagon Rides

Visitors experience a wagon ride while learning about the workings of the wagon, animals, and a bit of local history.

Rides depart from the Historic Courthouse Square for the National Frontier Trails Museum on the hour. Rides depart from the National Frontier Trails Museum on the half hour (except 12:30 PM).

 

10:00 AM to 3:00 PM      A Lady and A Maid

Explore the workings of a wealthy household of 1880s during tours of the Vaile Mansion. While you tour the house with an expert guide to learn about the life of the Vailes and their home you will encounter a visiting guest and a member of the household staff.

 

10 AM to 4:00 PM              All Aboard!

If you want to know about the comings and goings of just about everyone in town, the place to be is the Chicago and Alton Depot. The Station Master is just about the best informed of anyone in town. Visit the depot and discover just why this is so. If the station master is out, perhaps you will encounter a C&A passenger.

 

11 AM, 1&3 PM   “Chin Music” at the 1827 Log Courthouse and National Frontier Trails Museum

Come to the 1827 Log Courthouse where you may eavesdrop on some of the town residents as they “make chin music” by discussing some of the challenges  they face living in a frontier town. You may also explore this oldest of Missouri courthouses to find out about its history while you are there. At the National Frontier Trails Museum, learn about how our town helps so many pioneers get a successful start to their overland journey.

 

12:00 PM    Walking Tour

Take a tour of historic 1849 Independence with one of our first person interpreters. Meet at Jackson Statue.

 

2:00 PM     Town Topics at the 1827 Log Courthouse

Join two residents as they debate the pros and cons of great national issues dominating 1849 America. The People of the Past are so very decided in their views that an eminent townsperson has been asked to serve as Moderator, just to ensure a civil discussion. Feel free to join in the debate!

 

 

3:00 PM to 4:00 PM         Stroll Around the Square

Meet citizens from different eras of our town’s history as you stroll around the Square looking for something cool to drink. At the east side (Truman Statue) you will encounter citizens of 1882 while at the west (Jackson statue) you will meet those of 1849.

 

3 to 6 PM      Melodies of the Pioneers

Enjoy the sounds of pioneer music as you stroll around the Square.

 

 

Jun
23
Fri
Summer Fantasy @ Sermon Center
Jun 23 @ 7:00 pm
Summer Fantasy @ Sermon Center | Independence | Missouri | United States

A compilation of plays, skits and readings presented by students from Children’s Theatre Workshop. Sermon Center is located on the SE Corner of Truman & Noland Rd.

Jun
24
Sat
Breakfast and Blooms @ Bingham-Waggoner Estate
Jun 24 @ 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
Breakfast and Blooms @ Bingham-Waggoner Estate  | Independence | Missouri | United States

June 24, 2017 Breakfast & Blooms at the Bingham – Breakfast & tours of private area gardens 8:00 – 3:00

Cost: $25

Family Fun Day at the National Frontier Trails Museum @ National Frontier Trails Museum
Jun 24 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Family Fun Day at the National Frontier Trails Museum @ National Frontier Trails Museum | Independence | Missouri | United States

The Friends of the National Frontier Trails Museum is proud to present Family Fun Day 

Independence residents receive FREE MUSEUM ADMISSION on this day!

Non-resident admission is $6.00 for adults, and $3.00 for children 17 and under.

The Civil War Re-enactment group Elliott’s Scouts, civil war history experts will:

  • Perform battle scenes every hour on the half hour (10:30, 11:30, 12:30, etc.)
  • Demonstrate a civil war soldier encampment (both Confederate and Union)
  • Educate visitors on the Battles of Independence.

There will be hours of fun for the whole family! Visitors can enjoy:

  • Making faux clay bullets using a re-al bullet mold
  • Using a quill pen & ink to write
  • Playing in the kid friendly Pioneer Play Campsite
  • Getting wilderness tips from the Mountain Men
  • FREE TOURS of the Chicago Alton Train Depot
  • FREE WAGON RIDES to the Independence Square
  • Plus, our newly installed PIONEER WOMAN STATUE is ready for your selfie photo!
Jun
27
Tue
Popsicles in the Park @ Beckett Park
Jun 27 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Popsicles in the Park @ Beckett Park | Englewood | Colorado | United States

Every Tuesday – Join us for crafts, music, magic and of course POPSICLES!!! Arts & Crafts – Oddball Kids Music – Dino O’Dell Magic Show – Wicked Liars-Comedy & Magic

Jun
29
Thu
Nature Story Time @ George Owens Nature Park
Jun 29 @ 10:00 am – 10:45 am
Nature Story Time @ George Owens Nature Park | Independence | Missouri | United States

Explore nature, hear great stories, and make nature crafts. Today’s topic: Make Room for Butterflies Nature Story Time continues each Thursday morning Jun 1 – Aug 31. Call 816.325.7115 for more details.

Nature Story Time @ George Owens Nature Park
Jun 29 @ 11:00 am – 11:45 am
Nature Story Time @ George Owens Nature Park | Independence | Missouri | United States

Explore nature, hear great stories, and make nature crafts. Today’s topic: Make Room for Butterflies Nature Story Time continues each Thursday morning Jun 1 – Aug 31. Call 816.325.7115 for more details.

Evening Tour: Evening Wagon Tour and Swales Walk @ National Frontier Trails Museum
Jun 29 @ 6:00 pm
Evening Tour: Evening Wagon Tour and Swales Walk @ National Frontier Trails Museum | Independence | Missouri | United States

Advance reservations required. Learn about the Santa Fe Trail in this hour-long program that includes a wagon ride to swales (ruts) created in the 1830s and an insightful tour of the Santa Fe gallery of the museum.

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