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upcoming EVENTS

Truman Day @ Truman Library & historic sites throughout town
May 5 all-day
Truman Day @ Truman Library & historic sites throughout town | Independence | Missouri | United States

Buck Day Truman Birthday Celebration:  

On May 5, 2018, The Buck Stops Here! In honor of President Truman’s birthday (May 8, 1884), admission to the Truman Library & Museum, Truman Home, National Frontier Trails Museum, Vaile Mansion, Bingham-Waggoner Estate, Chicago & Alton Depot and 1859 Jail and Marshall Home, will be just $1 all day. Individual attraction hours of operation apply.

In addition to $1 admission at historic sites around town, take part in activities celebrating the life and times of Harry Truman on the Independence Square:

  • Gilbert Whitney on the Square will host a birthday cake bake-off – more information to coming soon!
  • A Truman interpreter will be in the Truman courtroom sharing stories of his time in the courtroom.



National Train Day @ Chicago & Alton Depot
May 5 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
National Train Day @ Chicago & Alton Depot  | Independence | Missouri | United States

The Chicago & Alton Depot, will celebrate National Train Day in conjunction with Truman Day Celebration on Saturday, May 5th.  Three model train displays will be running that day at the Depot from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00  p.m. The restored depot will be open for tours all day with cake served on the lawn in the afternoon for participants. The event is free, but donations are appreciated.

Heartland to Hollywood: An Evening with the Henning Sisters @ Ophelia's Restaurant
May 11 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Heartland to Hollywood: An Evening with the Henning Sisters @ Ophelia's Restaurant  | Independence | Missouri | United States

This is a special evening with sisters Carol and Linda Henning, daughters of Ruth and Paul Henning, who created the Beverly Hillbillies. Ruth and Paul grew up in the Kansas City area and the evening celebrates a memoir written by Ruth about her husband who was a comedic genius and television pioneer. Carol is a writer and Linda an actress who starred in her father’s show Petticoat Junction. The evening includes dinner, a conversation with two sisters and a signed copy of The First Beverly Hillbilly: The Untold Story of the Creator of Rural TV Comedy.

The memoir was published in 2017 by Jackson County Historical Society and the Mid-Continent Public Library’s Woodneath Press imprint.

“Y’all come back now y’hear?”

Party Like it’s 1843 @ Historic Independence Square
May 18 @ 6:30 pm – May 20 @ 4:30 pm
Party Like it's 1843 @ Historic Independence Square

Imagine, 175 years ago, families had traveled hundreds of miles from the eastern United States to Independence. Many of them had sold all of their possessions to finance the trip. They were dreaming big, risking it all, to begin a new life in the West. This year, we are celebrating the 175th anniversary of the Great Migration of the Oregon Trail. Honoring the role our community played in this important chapter of history and sharing the legacy pioneers left here in the Midwest.

For three days, May 18-20, there will be a variety of fun, family activities to choose from including:

Westward Ho! Down Friday, May 18 from 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. Join us for the Westward Ho! Down at the National Frontier Trails Museum. This is a ticketed event that will showcase pioneer dancing and music. Refreshments will be available. Tickets are $20.

Live Action Oregon Trail Sat, May 19, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Do you want to ford the river? Join in a Live Action game of Oregon Trail. Teams of 4 will try their luck on 10 stops along the trail, each with its own activity, including but not limited to trivia, puzzles, and physical challenges. The event will take place in Hiram Young Park. Team registration is $20.

1843 Lexington Avenue Sat., May 19 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Stroll down Lexington Avenue as it would have been in 1843 with your family. We will have craft making supplies for kids, and a photo booth and costumes for pictures for a small fee.

Bringing History to Life Saturday, May 19 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. First person interpreters will help bring the 1840s to life. Pioneer Trails Adventures will also offer free wagon rides from the Truman Courthouse to the Log Cabin Courthouse to the National Frontier Trails Museum.

Oregon Trail Lecture Series Sat., May 19, 10:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. Join us for an Oregon Trail Lecture Series in the Brady Courtroom. Learn all about the history on the Oregon Trail at this free event.

Pioneer Fashion Show Saturday, May 19 at 5:30 p.m. Guests will learn about the fashions on the Oregon Trail with a narrated fashion show. Truman Memorial Building Auditorium, tickets are $15.

Oregon Trail Soundtrack Performance, Sun., May 20 at 2 p.m. Hear the Oregon Trail Soundtrack with Dana Mengel at the National Frontier Trails Museum. Dana Mengel of the Mengel Bros. Duo has written an Oregon Trail Soundtrack inspired by diaries and letters from the trails. Guests will enjoy a preview of this amazing composition. Light refreshments will be served. Tickets are $10. For those interested, a combo ticket is available for $40 which will get you into the Westward Ho! Down, the Pioneer Fashion Show, and Sounds from the Oregon Trail. Tickets are available at

Look for more information to come on these and other events on Facebook at facebook. com/1843party and the City’s Facebook Page,

Vaile Mansion Architectural Tour @ Vaile Mansion
May 19 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am
Vaile Mansion Architectural Tour @ Vaile Mansion  | Independence | Missouri | United States

The Vaile Victorian Society will host an architectural tour of the Vaile Mansion on Saturday, May 19th, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. The tour starts at 8 a.m. The Mansion was designed by Asa Cross for Harvey Vaile, the mansion is considered a significant example of Second Empire style architecture.

$10.00 admission pay at the door.

Strawberry Festival @ Vaile Mansion
Jun 2 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Strawberry Festival @ Vaile Mansion  | Independence | Missouri | United States

Free admission to grounds | Mansion Tour: Adults $6.00 / Children $3.00

100 craft and antique dealers will be set up around the Mansion for the annual Strawberry Festival.  The Vaile Society will be selling Strawberry Treats! Enjoy music, entertainment, antiques, crafts, ice cream, beverages and a children’s corner.  

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.

MercyMe Imagine Nation Tour @ Silverstein Eye Centers Arena
Oct 26 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
MercyMe Imagine Nation Tour @ Silverstein Eye Centers Arena | Independence | Missouri | United States

5X GRAMMY® nominated MercyMe’s “The Imagine Nation Tour” with longtime friends Tenth Avenue North will trek over 20 cities nationwide beginning in Oct. of 2018.

The award-winning groups will bring a bevy of fan-favorite songs. MercyMe promises performances of many of the favorites on their newest music release, I Can Only Imagine – The Very Best Of MercyMe, including  “I Can Only Imagine,” “Greater” and “Shake” along with their most recent No. 1, “Even If.” Tenth Avenue North will share songs from their latest album Followers including “I Have This Hope” and “Control” along with the hits “By Your Side,” “Worn” and more.