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 http://www.westernleatherholster.com. 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
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.