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2022.03 Tai Edwards

Women's History Presentation

Kansas City Athenaeum and Kansas City Public Library co-presented a YouTube program on March 6 in celebration of Women's History Month.  The presentation by Dr. Tai S. Edwards was based on research in compiling her book, Osage Women and Empire. The Osage cosmology defined men and women as necessary pairs in their society that involved both sexes.  Dr. Edwards is Associate Professor of History and Director of the Kansas Studies Institute at Johnson County Community College. The program can be viewed at youtube.com/user/kclibrary and scrolling to the right on Library Events options.

VCP Team 49 Renewal

Supporting Our Veterans

Kansas City Athenaeum donated $10,000 in January to the Veterans Community Project.  This donation continues our participation in Team 49 for a second year by sponsoring one of the 49 tiny homes in the VCP village in Kansas City.  Our support covers the costs of a veteran's case management, health care, furnishings, utilities and household goods for one year.  The Veterans Community Project helps veterans transition toward financial stability, independence and permanent housing.

J Rieger & Co

Tour of J. Rieger & Co.

In a pursuit of learning more about Kansas City history, our members toured J. Rieger & Co. in December 2021. The guided tour explained the distillery process and blending methods used to make its products unique among competitors in this industry. The original J. Rieger & Co. was founded by European immigrant Jacob Rieger in 1887 and was extremely successful until the business was closed with the 1919 Prohibition enactment. The legacy of J. Rieger & Co. was resurrected in 2010 by Ryan Mabee and Andy Rieger. Museum displays in the building show photographs of Kansas City's developing years and memorabilia from the earlier decades of the business.

KC Museum Tour

Kansas City Museum Tour

In November 2021, our members and guests toured Kansas City Museum exhibits in the newly renovated Corinthian Hall. Members were delighted to see a placard recognizing the achievements of Phoebe Jane Ess, one of the founders of our organization in 1894. She led Kansas City Athenaeum members in spearheading many community improvement projects in the city's early development. The museum wall displayed a quotation attributed to her regarding the suffrage movement.

MOCSA

Donation to MOCSA

In October 2021, Kansas City Athenaeum donated $10,000 to the Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Our donation supports their services addressing the needs of victims and their program educating the community to prevent violence.

Union Station

Tour of Kansas City Union Station

Kansas City Athenaeum members enjoyed a guided tour of the Kansas City Union Station in October 2021. Highlights of its 107-year history were presented by our tour guide who happens to be a club member outfitted as a Harvey Girl. This was reminiscent of the days when young women were employed by Fred Harvey to serve meals in dining cars and railway stops across the country, including Kansas City Union Station. This photo was taken from a balcony overlooking the Grand Lobby, a captivating view of the beautiful architectural details. Following the tour, members enjoyed lunch at the current Harvey's Restaurant in the Grand Lobby.

VCP

Veterans Community Project

Kansas City Athenaeum was recognized in September 2021 at an induction ceremony for those supporting the Veterans Community Project with $10,000 donations. Our brick at the VCP Village in Kansas City is among others joining the Team 49 effort to support the services provided in the 49 tiny homes built to help veterans. We appreciate receiving the following acknowledgment: "Thank you so much for being a part of Team 49. You are a blessing to every Veteran living in a tiny home. Without your support we could not offer Veterans the critical services needed to help them transition into permanent housing. On behalf of our entire KC staff at VCP, we thank you!"

Literacy KC

Changing Lives Beyond Words

Kansas City Athenaeum presented a $10,000 check to Literacy KC in August 2021. The donation helped expand their program with the purchase of 15 new laptops, including software, for their students' use.  This helped with virtual learning, GED classes and workplace credentialing.
JVS

A Welcoming Community

Kansas City Athenaeum presented a $6,000 donation to Jewish Vocational Service in August 2021 to support their program helping refugees and immigrants settling in our area. The organization aims to engage and encourage people to achieve social, cultural and economic integration in the Greater Kansas City Metropolitan Area.
Wine Tasting

Summer Fundraiser

Kansas City Athenaeum members and friends gathered in July 2021 to taste a variety of wines and cheese to raise funds for the club’s philanthropic efforts.  Chad Brewer of Underdog Wine Co. delighted us with samples of French wines and friendly banter. In addition, generous donations were received from those unable to attend. Thank you to everyone who made this event a success!

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