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Every month we engage with each other and our community.

KC Museum Tour

Kansas City Museum Tour

Members and guests toured Kansas City Museum exhibits on November 10 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.


Donation to MOCSA

On October 25, 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 tour of the Kansas City Union Station on October 20. 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 Brick

Supporting Our Veterans

Kansas City Athenaeum was recognized on September 16 at an induction ceremony for those supporting the Veterans Community Project with $10,000 donations. Our brick at the VCP Village is among others joining the Team 49 effort to support the services provided in the 49 tiny homes that were built to help veterans. We appreciate this 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. 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

Kansas City Athenaeum presented a $6,000 donation to Jewish Vocational Service in August 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 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!
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Donation Recognition

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.
Library Presentation

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.
The Sewing Labs

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.

Suffragists Appreciation

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.
MGT Suffragists Project

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

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.

Kansas City Athenaeum promotes educational enrichment, volunteer service, and philanthropic endeavors.

Members have made lifelong friendships working together in our program combining personal enrichment and community service.