Protective Face Masks
Kansas City Athenaeum members devoted thousands of volunteer hours in their homes in response to COVID-19 protection needs. With fabric provided by The Sewing Labs, our members produced more than 4,100 face masks in 2020 and 2021. These were distributed to day care centers, schools, senior centers, and other places making urgent requests.
Donation to The Sewing Labs
Kansas City Athenaeum donated $10,000 to The Sewing Labs in January 2021. The organization conducts sewing classes to train women for higher paying jobs as seamstresses for the garment and mattress industries. The Sewing Labs also coordinates community service needs. The donation helped expand the organization's social media communications, improve coordination with local organizations, and revamp its website.
Suffragists Coloring Book Sponsor
Kansas City Athenaeum donated $3,300 in January 2020 to enable the Kansas City Public Library to print 5,000 Suffragists Coloring Books in celebration of the 19th Amendment Centennial. The coloring book was given free to children at the library to educate them on the efforts of eight Kansas City women in their pursuit to gain the right to vote.
The coloring book can also be downloaded from the library’s website at https://kchistory.org/coloringkc/19th.