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INDEPENDENCE

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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.

 

 

Jul
25
Tue
Popsicles in the Park @ Beckett Park
Jul 25 @ 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

Jul
27
Thu
Moonlight Movies @ Pharaoh Theatre Parking Lot
Jul 27 @ 9:00 pm
Moonlight Movies @ Pharaoh Theatre Parking Lot | Covington | Indiana | United States

Moonlight Movies are shown every Thursday at 9pm throughout the summer. The movies are projected onto the side of the Pharaoh Theater on the Independence Square. Bring the whole family every week for a fun FREE event!Concession stand is available on site for your favorite movie snack groups. We feature pizza slices from Square Pizza and popcorn comes from the Pharaoh Theater. In the event of bad weather, movies will be shown Sunday night at 9 p.m.
Movies:
6/22 Sing
6/29 Despicable Me 2
7/6 Kubo & the Two Strings
7/13 Cars
7/20 Moana
7/27 Finding Dory
8/3 The Lego Batman Movie
8/10 Storks
Location: On the corner of Maple and Liberty in the Pharaoh Theater parking lot.

Aug
3
Thu
Moonlight Movies @ Pharaoh Theatre Parking Lot
Aug 3 @ 9:00 pm
Moonlight Movies @ Pharaoh Theatre Parking Lot | Covington | Indiana | United States

Moonlight Movies are shown every Thursday at 9pm throughout the summer. The movies are projected onto the side of the Pharaoh Theater on the Independence Square. Bring the whole family every week for a fun FREE event!Concession stand is available on site for your favorite movie snack groups. We feature pizza slices from Square Pizza and popcorn comes from the Pharaoh Theater. In the event of bad weather, movies will be shown Sunday night at 9 p.m.
Movies:
6/22 Sing
6/29 Despicable Me 2
7/6 Kubo & the Two Strings
7/13 Cars
7/20 Moana
7/27 Finding Dory
8/3 The Lego Batman Movie
8/10 Storks
Location: On the corner of Maple and Liberty in the Pharaoh Theater parking lot.

Aug
19
Sat
What to Expect When You Are Expecting the 2017 Solar Eclipse @ George Owens Nature Park
Aug 19 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
What to Expect When You Are Expecting the 2017 Solar Eclipse @ George Owens Nature Park | Independence | Missouri | United States

Learn about the upcoming August 21, 2017 Solar Eclipse, pick up viewing tips and the first 30 participants will receive a free pair of solar viewing glasses. Please call (816) 325-7115 to reserve your spot. Class size is limited.

Aug
21
Mon
2017 Solar Eclipse Viewing @ George Owens National Park
Aug 21 all-day
2017 Solar Eclipse Viewing @ George Owens National Park | Independence | Missouri | United States

Grab lunch from a local food truck and watch and learn about the solar eclipse with us from one of the best seats on the planet! Independence is located in the solar path of totality – so we will be able to view a total solar eclipse. The path of totality is where the moon will completely cover the sun. Free solar viewing glasses until they run out. Share in this remarkable natural experience with us. (816)325-7115 for more details.

Sep
1
Fri
Santa-Cali-Gon Days Festival @ Historic Independence Square
Sep 1 @ 12:00 pm – Sep 4 @ 11:00 pm
Santa-Cali-Gon Days Festival @ Historic Independence Square  | Independence | Missouri | United States

The 45th Annual Santa-Cali-Gon Days Festival in Independence, Missouri, commemorates the origin of the Santa Fe, California, and Oregon trails during the country’s great westward expansion by early pioneers. More than 300,000 attendees spend Labor Day weekend at the region’s oldest and largest festival.

2017 Festival Hours

Friday, September 1: 12:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Saturday, September 2: 10:00 am – 11:00 pm
Sunday, September 3: 10:00 am – 11:00 pm
Monday, September 4: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Festival Location

Historic Independence Square, Independence, Mo 64050. (Osage to Memorial Drive, between Truman and Walnut streets)

Admission

All activities (excluding carnival) are FREE.

Restrictions during all hours of and entire festival grounds:

No smoking on festival grounds
No weapons allowed on the festival grounds
No animals allowed on the festival grounds.
No open containers outside of the designated beer garden and wine garden
No cycling, skate boarding, or other recreational transportation allowed on festival grounds.

Handicapped Accessibility:

Sanitary Units – Osage between Lexington and Maple, SW corner of Lynn and Lexington and in parking lot at Truman and Main.
Parking – Kansas & Lynn and Truman Roads. Free handicapped accessible shuttles provided.

Carnival Information

Carnival Midway
Provided by Wade Shows

Hours

T-Shirt Sales – Pictures and Prices coming soon!
Sep
9
Sat
5th Annual Independence Uncorked Wine Festival @ Bingham-Waggoner Estate
Sep 9 @ 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm
5th Annual  Independence Uncorked Wine Festival @ Bingham-Waggoner Estate  | Independence | Missouri | United States
Independence Uncorked Wine Festival
Saturday, September 9th, 2017 1:00pm-6:00pm
Historic Bingham Waggoner Estate; 313 W Pacific Independence, MO 64050
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 and presented by Cornell Roofing and Sheet Metal.   The cost is $25 in advance and $35 at the door and includes a wine glass and 4 bottle wine bag (for 1st 2000 people). Bring your lawn chairs and spend the afternoon.  No outside food or drink allowed, but food will be available for sale.
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, JobOne, CAPA, Hope House,  Rotary Youth Camp and the Rotary Foundation to name just a few.
For more information go to www.IndependenceUncorked.com
Twitter @IndepUncorked
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.