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130th Anniversary

130th Anniversary Celebration

Kansas City Athenaeum members gathered at Meadowbrook Park on May 22 to celebrate the 130th anniversary of the club's founding in 1894. Members of longstanding were recognized for their service and contributions, and new members were acknowledged as well. The occasion included installation of officers who will lead our organization for the next 12 months.

View our website's HISTORY timeline to learn more about the Kansas City Athenaeum's accomplishments through its 130-year history.

Apr 2024 MGT Donation

Supporting Missouri Girls Town

Kansas City Athenaeum received the annual Virginia Oliver Award at the GFWC of Missouri Convention in April in recognition of 2023 donations to Missouri Girls Town. The award presentation was followed by an $11,000 donation in our commitment of continuing support. Missouri Girls Town helps girls who have been victims of abuse by providing therapeutic services and education to empower them to reach their full potential.

Pawsperity Scarves

Pawsperity Tour

Kansas City Athenaeum members toured Pawsperity in March. We donated $5,000 in 2022 toward its expansion efforts, originally called The Grooming Project and now known as Pawsperity. The organization is the country's only nonprofit grooming school that trains single parents living in poverty to earn certification as pet groomers. This enables them to find higher paying jobs and reach independent stabilization.

Our tour sprouted an Athenaeum project where members later made 285 doggie scarves that were delivered to Pawsperity in April. Enthusiasm for this project has inspired adding this effort to our list of ongoing philanthropic projects.

Carmaletta Williams

Women's History Month

In recognition of Women's History Month, the Kansas City Athenaeum co-sponsored a presentation with the Kansas City Public Library on March 24 where Dr. Carmaletta Williams spoke about the history of Black women’s struggles for suffrage and equal rights. She enlightened attendees on efforts made by Black suffragists across the nation, like Ida B. Wells, Frances Ellen Watkins and Mary Church Terrell. Dr. Williams' presentation also included Kansas Citians such as Naomi Bowman Becks, Minnie Crosthwaite and Josephine Yates who contributed locally in the suffrage movement.

Dr. Williams is CEO of the Black Archives of Mid-America.

Lazarus Ministries

123rd Annual Brunch

Continuing a long-held tradition, Kansas City Athenaeum members and guests gathered for our 123rd Annual Brunch in March. Our guest speaker was Jessica O'Donnell, Executive Director of Lazarus Ministries. This is one of the 45 nonprofit organizations that received an Athenaeum donation in 2023. Lazarus Ministries offers unlimited compassion while providing free meals, clothing, and personal care items for the unmet needs of Kansas City's urban core.

VCP 2024 Check

Veterans Community Project

Kansas City Athenaeum donated $10,000 to the Veterans Community Project in March, continuing our support for a fourth year in sponsoring one of the 49 tiny homes in the VCP Village in Kansas City. Our donation covers the costs of a veteran's case management, health care, furnishings, utilities and household goods for one year. The Veterans Community Project offers veterans a safe haven to transition toward financial stability, independence, and permanent housing.

JoCo Museum

Museum Tour

Kansas City Athenaeum members and guests toured the Johnson County Museum in February. The museum preserves history that includes maps and artifacts prior to Kansas statehood through the early days of incorporating the suburban municipalities in Johnson County. The building also preserves a 1950s electric model home. Touring the home stirred nostalgic memories of parents’ and grandparents’ homes from that era.

Holiday Deliveries

Holiday Gifts

Helping hands and giving hearts encourages our members to reach out to meet community needs. During the December 2023 holiday season, handmade baby hats and blankets were delivered to University Health Truman Medical Center for its newborn care needs. True Light Family Resource Center received 20 shopping gift cards to be given as Christmas gifts to families receiving assistance at its facility. In addition, Athenaeum members sewed 116 pillowcases for The Sewing Labs. This was the fourth year for our members to participate in the annual Sweet Dreams for Seniors Pillowcase Project.

The Rabbit hOle Check

Donation to The Rabbit hOle

Kansas City Athenaeum made a $5,000 donation in November 2023 to The Rabbit hOle in North Kansas City, enabling the purchase of a Risograph Printer. The Rabbit hOle will open in March 2024, bringing to life a century of American children's literature for visitors of all ages. The Risograph Printer will be a key piece of equipment for the Print Shop and Story Lab, offering youth a unique experience of printing their personal stories and illustrations into books.

Harvesters 2023

Volunteering at Harvesters

Kansas City Athenaeum members volunteered twice in 2023 at Harvesters. In February mesh bags were assembled to hold fruits and vegetables for food distribution. In October members boxed food items to be distributed to food pantries. Harvesters provides food to more than 760 nonprofit agencies with a mission to feed hungry people today and work to end hunger tomorrow.

VCP 2003 Tour

Veterans Community Project Tour

Kansas City Athenaeum members toured the Veterans Community Project in October 2023. We have annually sponsored one of the 49 tiny homes in the VCP village since 2021. The naming bricks surrounding their flagpole commemorate our three $10,000 donations along with others participating in Team 49. This was a first visit for some of our members and a repeat visit for others, reaffirming our interest in supporting this worthwhile community program. The Veterans Community Project offers veterans a safe haven to transition toward independence and financial stability.

Over the Edge 2023

REHOPE Over the Edge Fundraiser

Kansas City Athenaeum has remarkable members, including one adventurous member willing to rappel from the 14-story Overland Park Marriott at the REHOPE "Over the Edge" fundraiser. Kansas City Athenaeum gave a sponsorship donation for the October 2023 event where 65 brave rappelers went "Over the Edge" to raise funds benefitting REHOPE Farms in Harrisonville, Missouri, which provides housing and treatment for women and children rescued from human trafficking.

9.30.2023

GFWC National Day of Service

Kansas City Athenaeum members and guests met for a chili luncheon in collaboration with the GFWC National Day of Service. General Federation of Women's Clubs across the nation conducted projects on September 30, 2023, to recognize the American crisis of food insecurity. Our local effort collected 389 cans of food and $120 cash donations for the Central Presbyterian Church food pantry where our luncheon was held. Our meal served chili, cole slaw and cookies inspired by books promoting low-cost nutritional recipes for those subsisting on public support.

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.