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You’re invited to join us in Kearney, MO!

Thursday, Oct. 1 from 5-8 pm
Welcome! Casual cook-out reception at the poolside gazebo at the Super 8.
Special program at 7 pm

Friday, Oct. 2
6-9 am Breakfast-included in your room rate if you stay at the Super 8.
8:45 am bus will pick us up right outside the hotel lobby.
We will head to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City where we will experience a special gallery tour of the 19th Century collection of Outlaw & Gangster Photographs with Associate Curator Jane a 19th century photo specialist. The Photography Collection encompasses the medium’s entire history, from 1839 to the present. It grew from a holding of 1,015 primarily American works to a collection of over 7,500 with the acquisition in December 2005 of the famed Hallmark Photographic Collection, one of the finest private collections of American photography ever assembled.
There will be time to explore the museum a special collection of native American artifacts.
Lunch on your own at the Museum.
12:30 board the bus as we head to the Liberty Bank Museum see the bank as it was in1866. 
Period furnishings fill the room and one become immersed in the story of the robbery as told by the bank teller.  As you peer into the original green vault you can imagine the fear felt by the two bank tellers.  Among the furnishings, a rare Seth Thomas clock, set for the exact time and date of the robbery, February 13, 1866.  Many photographs and other documents are on display.
2 pm Daily Life during the Border War
One of the most vicious and brutal areas of conflict during the Civil War years was the border between Kansas and Missouri. In fact, people had been fighting in this area since 1854 – then, the conflict was known as Bleeding Kansas. However, as a wise man recently pointed out, there would be no Bleeding Kansas were it not for Missourians.
Jean Warren proprietress of the James County Mercantile will present this program that focuses on what it was like for women and families to live in Western Missouri during the years known as Bleeding Kansas and the Civil War. While not a first person interpretation, it uses diaries, newspaper accounts, and recollections of women who lived through the conflict to bring the audience into the conflict – and how it was a matter of daily life. It was on your doorstep every day – and it could not be ignored.
This presentation has been given to numerous historical societies and groups throughout western Missouri, as well as at Mine Creek Battlefield State Historic Site, Pleasanton, Kansas.
Entrance fees are included in your registration!

We will return to hotel around 4 pm.
Dinner on your own and time to explore Kearney.

Saturday, Oct. 3
A day at the James Farm
Including Alan Soellner’s talk “Tools of the Trade, the guns, gear, and tactics of the James Younger Gang.” Alan has been successful at digging out some little known facts about the members, both during and after the war. He will have some very nicely reproduced holsters and belts to put on display and show how they were improved after the war to better fit the gang’s uses. He has learned a lot from the famous author and collector Ralph Ganis. His talk will be at the James Farm on Saturday. Check out his website at Coming in from Georgia, Alan and his wife Donna will be joining us in the full conference.

We will also get an update on Clell Miller from Jim and Margaret Bailey. We will hear more about Clell Miller and his gravesite at Muddy Fork Cemetery.

BOARD Meeting 4-5:30 at the Super 8

Annual Meeting & Banquet
6:30 pm
Featured speaker Brian Ivlow’s “Guns of the Civil War” Mr. Ivlow is a member of the Friends of the James Farm and is an expert on Civil War era guns including muzzle loaders and black powder.

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2015 Conference Registration

James-Younger Gang – 22nd Annual Conference

October 1, 2 & 3, 2015 in Kearney, Missouri

Registration Form

$89.00 per person, includes all three days, events and banquet.

_____ $89 Full Conference _____ $20 Thursday only

_____ $60 Friday only _____ $40 Saturday only

Total Enclosed $__________

Thursday, Oct. 1

5 p.m. – 8 p.m. Welcome BBQ poolside at the Super 8, Kearney.

7 p.m. Special program.

Friday, Oct. 2

8:45 a.m. Meet in the lobby of the Super 8 for our bus trip to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas

City, the Liberty Bank Museum and the James County Mercantile.

Dinner on your own.

Saturday, Oct. 3

A day at the James Farm.

6:30 p.m. Annual Meeting and Banquet at JJ’s Homestead Restaurant in Kearney.

7:30 p.m. Guest speaker Brian Ivlow, “Guns of the Civil War”.

Please send in registration by August 31, 2015

Make check or money order payable to: James-Younger Gang

Send registration with payment to: Paul Nelson

2110 Richway Lane

Owatonna, MN


Reserve rooms before August 31, 2015 at the Super 8, Kearney. Mention the James-Younger Gang and re-
ceive a reduced rate. Super 8 Motel, 210 Platte Clay Way, Kearney, MO. Phone: 1-816-628-6800.

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2015 annual conference info-

It’s time to return to the beginning of the JAMES story – the 2015 annual conference will be in Kearney, Mo.

Join us as we get up close and personal with the James Family story in Kearney, Missouri!  Learn about Frank and Jesse’s unique place in time and what contributed to their lives as outlaws.  October 1, 2, & 3 2015.

The conference usually costs @$80 per person and includes all the entrance fees, speakers, comfy bus transportation tour and the annual banquet.

Special James/Younger Gang rates are available at the Super 8 in Kearney call 816.628.6800 be sure to mention the JYG to get the special rate.

The more attendees the more fun and for everyone!

Included in the conference:

*Tour of the James Farm Museum

* Visit Jesse& Zee’s grave and possibly the Younger Brothers and Frank James too.

*Learn more about the  James family.

* Learn about the Pinkerton Raid that maimed Jesse’s mother and killed his half brother.

*Learn about early photographic techniques and a behind the scenes tour of  the  “Outlaws & Gangsters” exhibit at the  Nelson-Atkins Museum which houses the Hallmark 19th Century  Photographic collection.

* Visit the Liberty Bank where the first daylight bank robbery was attempted– by “you know who.”

*Learn about period clothing  for  soldiers and everyday people in the 1860-80’s

*Learn about Civil War period fire arms with Brian Ivlow’s talk at the annual banquet.

* Meet others from across the country who are interested in the James/Younger story.

*See where the story that ends in Northfield started in Kearney!

For more information or details please email Kathy Ness




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2014 Annual Conference Info!

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2015 Conference Registration

James-Younger Gang 22nd Annual Meeting October, 1-3, 2015

Kearney, Missouri  Registration Form

$89 per person, includes all three days and all events, including banquet.

_____ $89 FULL conference

_____$20 Thursday only

_____$60 Friday only

_____$40 Saturday only

Total Enclosed $_____

Please send in registration by August 31, 2015

Please send check or money order to:

Kathy Ness, 743 Lincoln St. North, Northfield MN, 55057

Please direct any questions to: Kathy Ness, Vice-President, James-Younger Gang 507-581-9600

Reserve rooms before August 15, 2015 at the Kearney Super 8 Motel . For the special room rates  including breakfast. Mention the James-Younger Gang and receive this reduced rate. Kearney, Missour Super 8 210 Platte Clay Way, I-35 & Hwy 92, Kearney, MO 64060  call 1-816-628-6800


Please make your reservation prior to August 15 or your room rate will be considerably higher.

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October’s conference update!

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The conference committee just returned from visiting the warm and friendly folks in Ft. Smith! The elements of the 2014 conference are falling into place- we will have a great lineup! Check back here for more info.

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2014 Conference is set for Ft. Smith, Arkansas!

The planning committee has made some interesting contacts with the folks in the Ft. Smith area. The conference will be in October due to Ft. Smith hosting the Oklahoma/Arkansas States Fair during the last 10 days of September.

The dates are: Thursday, Oct. 2 finishing with a dinner/banquet on Saturday evening Oct. 4.James younger FT smith


Hotels and more details will be announced in February.


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