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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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upcoming EVENTS

Jun
1
Thu
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.

Jan
20
Sat
BED (Botany, Ecology, and Design) Talk: Benjamin Franklin Bush @ National Frontier Trails Museum
Jan 20 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
BED (Botany, Ecology, and Design) Talk: Benjamin Franklin Bush @ National Frontier Trails Museum | Independence | Missouri | United States

Join Independence Parks, Recreation and Tourism for an afternoon exploring the life and legacy of Independence native Benjamin Franklin Bush. In honor of his 160th birthday, local historian Ralph Monaco will portray Bush in an exclusive interview with The Examiner reporter J.A. Southern (portrayed by R. Scott Smith).
View items owned by the famous botanist, see a demonstration of his techniques, and enjoy free refreshments.

Jan
22
Mon
Using Heritage Quest @ Midwest Genealogy Center
Jan 22 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Using Heritage Quest @ Midwest Genealogy Center | Independence | Missouri | United States

Learn how to search thousands of family and local history books, the complete U.S. Federal Census from 1790 to 1940, and much more. Census records can be searched by name, place of birth, age, and ethnicity. HeritageQuest also includes Revolutionary War records, and Freedman’s Bank. This is a beginner-level class for adults. Basic computer literacy is needed to follow along.

Jan
26
Fri
Hidden Treasures of Midwest Genealogy Center @ Midwest Genealogy Center
Jan 26 @ 5:08 pm – 6:08 pm
Hidden Treasures of Midwest Genealogy Center @ Midwest Genealogy Center | Independence | Missouri | United States

Unlock the treasure chest that holds the resources at MGC! This detailed tour of little-known items in our collection will demonstrate how to utilize our archives, search for articles in our periodical section, the Swem’s Virginia Historical Index, and the Filby lists. We will also showcase microfilm records from the Family History Library, Antebellum Southern Plantations, Pinkerton’s National Detective Agency, Corbin Manuscripts, Draper Manuscripts and Calvert Papers. We’ll explore city directories in several different formats. This class is an intermediate-level class, but even more advanced genealogists will make some amazing discoveries. Registration is required. For adults.

Jan
30
Tue
Hang On Harry: The 1940 Election and Harry Truman’s Remarkable Victory @ Midwest Genealogy Center
Jan 30 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Hang On Harry: The 1940 Election and Harry Truman’s Remarkable Victory @ Midwest Genealogy Center | Independence | Missouri | United States

Hear the fascinating story behind Missouri’s 1940 U.S. Senate Race. Join author and filmmaker Terence O’Malley as he uses clips from his documentary, Tom & Harry–The Boss and the President, to tell how Harry Truman squeaked out a victory after running his first Senate race without the financial backing of political boss Tom Pendergast. For adults. Registration is required.

Feb
2
Fri
Disney Live! Mickey & Minnie’s Doorway to Magic @ Silverstein Eye Centers Arena
Feb 2 @ 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Disney Live! Mickey & Minnie's Doorway to Magic @ Silverstein Eye Centers Arena | Independence | Missouri | United States

Open the door to reveal mesmerizing worlds of unforgettable Disney moments and grand illusions with Disney Live! Mickey and Minnie’s Doorway to Magic. Join Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and the comical duo of Donald and Goofy as 25 of your favorite Disney characters surprise and captivate at every turn of the knob! See the Fairy Godmother transform Cinderella’s rags into a beautiful ball gown in a split second; the Toy Story gang defy the dimensions of Andy’s toy box with the help of the green army men; and the spectacular stage debut of Rapunzel and Flynn Rider as they rise into the sky amidst the floating lanterns. With special appearances by Snow White, Tinker Bell and Aladdin’s Genie, you never know what to expect or who might join in the fun!

Feb
8
Thu
Alan Jackson Honky Tonk Highway Tour @ Silverstein Eye Centers Arena
Feb 8 @ 7:30 pm
Alan Jackson Honky Tonk Highway Tour @ Silverstein Eye Centers Arena | Independence | Missouri | United States

With a year of sold out shows and packed houses in the rearview mirror, newly minted Country Music Hall of Famer Alan Jackson’s Honky Tonk Highway Tour adds more miles and rolls into 2018 with a stop at Silverstein Eye Centers Arena on Thursday, February 8th!

Feb
10
Sat
Lewis and Clark in the Kansas City Area @ Midwest Genealogy Center
Feb 10 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Lewis and Clark in the Kansas City Area @ Midwest Genealogy Center | Independence | Missouri | United States

In June 1804, the Lewis and Clark expedition spent three days at Kaw Point at the confluence of the Kaw and the Missouri Rivers. Hear the story of these adventure-packed days that included building a barricade against an Indian attack, court-martials for stealing whiskey, and celestial examinations to plan the trip upriver. For adults. Registration is required.

Feb
15
Thu
Rivalry at the Rink – Kansas vs Mizzou @ Silverstein Eye Centers Arena
Feb 15 @ 7:00 pm
Rivalry at the Rink - Kansas vs Mizzou @ Silverstein Eye Centers Arena | Independence | Missouri | United States

The intense rivalry returns as Kansas and Mizzou mens hockey teams face off at Silverstein Eye Centers Arena!

Feb
22
Thu
George Washington Carver: America’s Leonardo da Vinci @ Midwest Genealogy Center
Feb 22 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
George Washington Carver: America's Leonardo da Vinci @ Midwest Genealogy Center | Independence | Missouri | United States

Born a slave in southwest Missouri and then abducted by outlaws, orphaned, and shunned at the local school, George Washington Carver persevered to become one of the nation’s finest scientists and inventors. Join rangers from the George Washington Carver National Monument for a look at Carver’s life, his efforts to help African American farmers, and his contributions to American society. For adults. Registration is required.

Feb
24
Sat
The Original Harlem Globetrotters @ Silverstein Eye Centers Arena
Feb 24 @ 12:00 pm – Feb 25 @ 2:00 pm
The Original Harlem Globetrotters @ Silverstein Eye Centers Arena | Independence | Missouri | United States

The world famous Harlem Globetrotters, featuring some of the most electrifying athletes on the planet, will bring their 2018 World Tour to Silverstein Eye Centers Arena in Independence on Saturday, Feb. 24th @ 12pm and Sunday, Feb. 25th @ 2pm.

The Globetrotters one-of-a-kind show is unrivaled in the world of family entertainment. Every game will showcase incredible ball-handling wizardry, rim-rattling dunks, trick shots, hilarious comedy, and unequaled fan interaction. The 2018 World Tour will feature a star-studded roster including Big Easy Lofton, Ant Atkinson, Thunder Law, Bull Bullard, and more!

Midwest Genealogy Center @ Midwest Genealogy Center
Feb 24 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Midwest Genealogy Center @ Midwest Genealogy Center | Independence | Missouri | United States

Whether your interest in genealogy is old or new, there is always room to learn more about researching and preserving family history. Join the Midwest Afro-American Genealogical Interest Coalition (M.A.G.I.C.) and the Midwest Genealogy Center for a special open house and guest speaker exploring strategies and techniques for uncovering and preserving your family’s story. For adults. Registration is required.

Mar
3
Sat
Antique Appraisal Fair @ Vaile Mansion
Mar 3 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Antique Appraisal Fair @ Vaile Mansion | Independence | Missouri | United States

Bring in two antique items to be appraised.

Mar
24
Sat
Midwest Genealogy Center’s Spring Seminar: Mapping Your Family History @ Stoney Creek Hotel and Conference Center
Mar 24 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Midwest Genealogy Center's Spring Seminar: Mapping Your Family History @ Stoney Creek Hotel and Conference Center | Independence | Missouri | United States

Join Midwest Genealogy Center for this year’s Spring Seminar, a day-long event featuring speakers Ruth Ann Hager and Patti Hobbs, at Stoney Creek Hotel Conference Center (18011 Bass Pro Drive, Independence, MO 64055).
Ruth Ann Hager will present two lectures, “Finding the First Landowner Using Family Maps, Historygeo, and Texas Land Survey Maps”, and “Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies and Navies in the Civil War”.
Patti Hobbs will give two lectures on DNA testing, including “Autosomal DNA: Testing for All Genealogical Lines”, and “Autosomal DNA Data: Working the Results”.

Early Bird Registration Fee $55 until February 15th. Registration fee after February 15th is $65 and includes a buffet lunch. Registration is required through Eventbrite and seating is limited. For more information, see our website midwestgenealogycenter.org or call MGC at 816-252-7228.

Mar
30
Fri
Toughest Monster Truck Tour @ Silverstein Eye Centers Arena
Mar 30 @ 7:30 pm – Mar 31 @ 7:45 pm
Toughest Monster Truck Tour @ Silverstein Eye Centers Arena | Independence | Missouri | United States

Toughest Monster Truck Tour returns to Silverstein Eye Centers Arena in Independence on Fri., March 30th and Sat., March 31st with several of the nation’s toughest monster trucks including Bigfoot, Over Board, Quad Chaos, Dirt Crew, Heavy Hitter and Dawg Pound!

Apr
11
Wed
Dark was Their Journey: An Original Play @ Midwest Genealogy Center
Apr 11 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Dark was Their Journey: An Original Play @ Midwest Genealogy Center | Independence | Missouri | United States

An original work by Kansas City playwright Jacqee Gafford, Dark Was Their Journey, is set in a seaside resort where the widows of Martin Luther King, Jr., Medgar Evers, and Malcolm X spend a weekend together reflecting on their life journeys. Featuring performances by Lynn King as Betty Shabazz, Sherri Roulette-Mosley as Coretta Scott King, and Karen Cline Wright as Myrlie Evers-Williams. For adults. Registration is required.

Sep
8
Sat
Independence Uncorked @ Bingham-Waggoner Estate
Sep 8 @ 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Independence Uncorked @ Bingham-Waggoner Estate | Independence | Missouri | United States

The 6th Annual Independence Uncorked Wine Festival will be held on September, 8th, 2018 from 1:00pm-6:00pm on the grounds of the Historic Bingham-Waggoner Estate in Independence, MO. Independence Uncorked will be one of the largest Missouri wine festivals in the state featuring 25 Missouri wineries sampling several of their wines, a guest spirits distiller, and over 2500 attendees. The day will also feature art, music, beer, food booths and wine classes. The event is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Eastern Independence. The cost will be $30 in advance and $40 at the door and will include a wine glass and 4 bottle wine bag (for 1st 2000 people). The Bingham-Waggoner Estate is an 1852 mansion and estate once owned by George Caleb Bingham, the famous Missouri artist. Proceeds from the events will go towards various national and local charities supported by Rotary. Beneficiaries include the McCoy Park all-inclusive Play Ground, Great Plains SPCA, Community Services League, Independence School District Character Plus Program, Special Olympics, Shoes for Orphan Soles, Shelter Box, Job One, CAPA, Hope House, Rotary Youth Camp and the Rotary Foundation to name just a few. Bring your lawn chairs and spend the afternoon. No outside food or drink allowed, but food will be available for sale.