Take a tour with MAC

Three great tours have been put together by the Local Arrangements Committee for the morning of Thursday, April 24th.
See the individual posts below for more details:

Marr Sound Archives, LaBudde Special Collections and the Linda Hall Library

Missouri Valley Special Collections and the Black Archives of Mid-America

Federal Reserve Bank Money Museum and the National World War I Museum

Didn’t sign up for a tour while registering for the conference but feel like adding one?
Contact conference@midwestarchives.org to see about adding a tour.

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Tour of the Marr Sound Archives, LaBudde Special Collections and the Linda Hall Library

Thursday, April 24

Bus tour: 8:30AM departure – 11:30AM return

Fee: $10


Explore three world-class archives in the heart of Kansas City:

The University of Missouri–Kansas City’s LaBudde Special Collections rare book room, focusing on western Americana, and manuscript archives, strong in music, women’s and gender studies, and popular culture, attracts scholars from around the world.

Marr Sound Archives, a division of the LaBudde Special Collections, is home to over 350,000 sound recordings of all types of music, historic voices, and vintage radio programs, under the direction of conference plenary speaker Chuck Haddix.

The privately funded Linda Hall Library is the world’s foremost independent research library devoted to science, engineering, and technology. The History of Science Collection rare book room holds printed books from the fifteenth century to the present. Beginning April 8th, the Library will be hosting an exhibit entitled The Land Divided, The World United: Building the Panama Canal.

Tour of the Missouri Valley Special Collections and the Black Archives of Mid-America

Thursday, April 24

Bus tour: 8:30AM departure – 11:30AM return

Fee: $10


From frontier trails and the Civil War to the Pendergast political machine, Kansas City Public Library’s Missouri Valley Special Collections holds local history and genealogy resources pertinent to the Kansas City region. Come peruse photographs, letters, and memorabilia housed in a restored bank building in downtown Kansas City.

The Black Archives of Mid-America preserves and makes available to the public materials documenting the social, economic, political and cultural histories of persons of African American descent in the central United States, with particular emphasis in the Kansas City, Missouri, region. Prominent among the collections of the Black Archives of Mid-America are the papers of famed choreographer and dance company founder Alvin Ailey.

Tour the Federal Reserve Bank Money Museum and the National World War I Museum

Thursday, April 24

Walking tour: 8:15AM departure

Fee: $14, $12 senior (cost of admission to WWI Museum)


Admission is free at the Money Museum, where you will enjoy interactive exhibits, see millions of dollars in the region’s largest cash vault, and design your own digital currency.

The National World War I Museum at the Liberty Memorial opens at 10:00AM and requires an admission charge of $14 for adults and $12 for seniors (65+) that is valid for two days. Visit exhibits interpreting the history of World War I and stop by the Research Center, home to 75,000 documents and artifacts and 8,000 books. Then take a ride to the top of Liberty Memorial for a breathtaking view of Kansas City! During April the special exhibit will be On the Brink: A Month That Changed the World. Since the Liberty Memorial is only minutes away from the conference hotel, feel free to return to the Museum on your own during your stay in Kansas City.