We stay involved!
Every month we engage with each other and our community. Here are a few of our recent activities.
Changing Lives Beyond Words
On August 24, Kansas City Athenaeum members presented a $10,000 check to Literacy KC. The donation will help expand their program with the purchase of 15 new laptops, including software, for their students' use. This will help with virtual learning, GED classes and workplace credentialing.
A Welcoming Community
On August 23, Kansas City Athenaeum members presented a $6,000 donation to Jewish Vocational Service in support of 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.
Kansas City Athenaeum members and friends gathered on July 29 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!
The Benefits of Teamwork
Kansas City Athenaeum members have been working this summer to fulfill community needs when winter arrives. The completed project will produce more than 150 fleece hats sewn by members as home projects. These are donations to the Clothes Closet at Central Presbyterian Church, Amethyst Place, the Veterans Community Project and other locations making requests.
Kansas City Athenaeum received recognition in April for a major donation sponsoring the Community Remembrance Project at Black Archives of Mid-America. The Story's in the Soil is a new permanent exhibit at the museum.
Women's History Month
Kansas City Athenaeum sponsored the Kansas City Public Library’s YouTube presentation of "Brides on the Santa Fe Trail" in recognition of Women's History Month. Historian Joy L. Poole featured five wives who traveled the Santa Fe Trail from Missouri to New Mexico between 1830 and 1870. She researched diaries kept by young brides who accompanied their husbands on the overland journey. This YouTube presentation was streamed live on March 14, but continues to be accessible at youtube.com/kclibrary. The bicentennial of the Santa Fe Trail is being celebrated in 2021.
Veterans Community Project Donation
Kansas City Athenaeum is very proud to join Team 49, part of the Veterans Community Project supporting 49 Tiny Houses for homeless veterans. Our donation sponsors one of the tiny homes in the VCP village, supporting the costs of a veteran's case management, health care, furnishings, utilities and household goods.
Donation to The Sewing Labs
Kansas City Athenaeum donated $10,000 to The Sewing Labs in January. The organization conducts sewing classes to train women for higher paying jobs as seamstresses for the garment and mattress industries, as well as coordinating community service needs. The donation will help expand its social media communications, improve coordination with local organizations, and revamp its website.
Athenaeum members displayed signs on November 3, 2020, thanking Suffragists for their efforts in gaining the women’s right to vote in 1920. Our event held on Election Day encouraged pedestrians to place “I Voted” and “Thank You” stickers on the signs.
19th Amendment Centennial Project
Kansas City Athenaeum donated $200 in Domino’s Pizza gift cards and 30 Suffragists Coloring Books to Missouri Girls Town in August 2020 for the girls to celebrate the 19th Amendment Centennial. GFWC South Kansas City Area Girls Town Club partnered in this project by donating crayons, markers, and colored pencils. MGT staff turned our project into a ten-day activity for the girls, adding extra emphasis on Suffragists’ efforts. Club member Becky Garrison compiled six pages of “American Suffrage Facts” that broadened this learning experience for the girls. Our $200 enabled them to have a pizza party at the onset of the project and another pizza party for the finale.
Black Archives of Mid-America Donation
Kansas City Athenaeum made a donation in January 2020 toward a new permanent exhibit at the Black Archives of Mid-America. The exhibit is called The Story's in the Soil with 60 pedestals, each displaying a portrait of a person who was wrongfully lynched in Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, Oklahoma or Arkansas. Next to the portrait is a jar of soil dug at the site where the vigilante lynching took place and a biography of the victim whose life meant more than the unfairness of a tragic ending.