Missouri: People, Places, and Culture is a photography exhibit, presented in partnership between the City of Lee’s Summit Cultural Arts Division and members of Summit Art, showcasing professional photography which capture the essence of Missouri’s unique people, iconic places and vibrant cultures. The exhibit will be displayed in the lobby of Lee’s Summit City Hall and will be available to the public during normal business hours, starting in July 2021. A virtual exhibit will also be created and features on the City’s website and multiple social media outlets.
Join us Saturday, June 19, 2021, from 11 am – 7 pm, for the Blue Springs Corks & Canvas Art & Wine Festival in historic Downtown Blue Springs. There will be free wine samples, live entertainment, and over 50 Artists and makers with product for sale.
The 8th Annual Independence Uncorked Wine Festival will be held on September, 11th, 2021, from 1:00pm-6:00pm on the grounds of the Historic Bingham-Waggoner Estate in Independence, MO. It will be the largest Missouri wine festivals in the state featuring 25 Missouri wineries sampling several of their wines, a guest spirits distiller, and over 2500 attendees. The day will also feature art, music, beer, food booths and wine classes all celebrating Missouri. The event is hosted by the Rotary Club of Eastern Independence. The cost will be $30 in advance and $40 at the door and will include a wine glass and 4 bottle wine bag (for 1st 2000 people). The Bingham-Waggoner Estate is an 1852 mansion and estate once owned by George Caleb Bingham, the famous Missouri artist. Proceeds from the events will go towards various national and local charities supported by Rotary to improve our community and state. The event will feature all Missouri made products and artists-wine, food, art and music with a Bicentennial celebration theme.
Join us on September 11, 2021 for Raytown’s Festival of the Trails! The Raytown Chamber, Raytown Parks & Recreation, Cave Spring, Raytown Historical Society & Museum and the Rice-Tremonti Home, along with other organizations, will celebrate the state of Missouri’s bicentennial and commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Santa Fe Trail. Events may be planned throughout 2021 but the main event will be Saturday, September 11, 2021. Information will be updated as more events are planned and finalized, so stay tuned!
For Lee’s Summit R-7 School District 2020-2021 Missouri Bicentennial Celebration, the district will be conducting various activities, programs of study and promotions to help celebrate this event throughout the school year. Teachers will bring awareness to students and the community on the important contributions the state of Missouri has provided to our country over the last 200 years. A website has been designed to promote the Bicentennial of the State of Missouri by providing students with a better understanding of our state, its people, and its communities. It contains a timeline of events, information about the 1820 Constitutional Convention, first politicians, and primary source documents about Missouri statehood.
April through May of 2021, join us in the lobby of the Lee’s Summit City Hall for Show Me Lee’s Summit: A Celebration of the Missouri Bicentennial! The exhibit is sponsored by the Lee’s Summit History Museum and will highlight the area that has become Lee’s Summit since 1821 through maps, photos, and artifacts.
The Annual SantaCaliGon® Days Festival in Independence, Missouri, commemorates the origin of the Santa Fe, California, and Oregon trails during the country’s great westward expansion in the 1800s by adventurous pioneers. Today more than 300,000 attendees celebrate family & fun over Labor Day Weekend. This year we celebrate 200 years of Missouri statehood and the 200-year anniversary of the Santa Fe Trail. This event honors and celebrates Missouri’s (and Independence’s) role in westward expansion. Attendees celebrate with food, music, arts and crafts, dance, etc. that reflect today and yesterday. There is no admission charge to festival grounds or for concerts. The 2021 Festival is scheduled for September 3-6.
Independence, Missouri, Queen City of the Trails, will be the starting line for Mule Power to Horse Power: 2021 American Solar Challenge. This year, the course will follow the Santa Fe Trail route (200th anniversary) to Santa Fe, New Mexico. This is an annual competition for university students to design, build, and drive solar-powered cars in a time/travel rally. Join us on August 3, 2021, for Display Day, on the Historic Independence Square, to take a close look at the cars and talk with the design and build teams. We will also be celebrating Missouri’s bicentennial with a look back at transportation then and now. This event will celebrate Missouri’s role in the westward exploration and expansion of the country. In addition to the solar cars, we will have covered wagon rides (pulled by Missouri mules) and exhibits of other transportation (Steamboat Arabia for example). This is a free event on and around the historic downtown in Independence. It is provided with cooperation from Independence Parks and Rec, the Independence Square Association, and Innovators Educational Foundation.
KC Molière:400 in 2022 has commissioned playwright Philip Blue Owl Hooser (Choctaw) to write a one-act play for outdoor performance at the opening of the Chouteau and Native American Heritage Fountain scheduled for July 24, 2021. His comedy for three men (one First Nations) & one woman is an upbeat comedy in which the French traders attempt to explain French culture using Molière’s work as example. Hilarity ensues as they bungle their little performance into something that might be called “Tartuffenthrope.” Good will prevails in spite of their misguided efforts and cross-cultural bonding is achieved. The inaugural performance is open to everyone on site of the new Chouteau & Native American fountain. Later the play will be touring to schools.
There is no Kansas City without Black Kansas City. African American educators, activists, entrepreneurs, entertainers, and athletes built a vibrant community that shaped the city and the nation. For the past 12 years, the Local Investment Commission, Kansas City Public Library, and Black Archives of Mid-America have celebrated this underappreciated history in annually published poster sets, booklets, and calendars that highlight the history of Black excellence in the metro. To commemorate Missouri’s bicentennial year, the 2021 Kansas City Black History project features a special edition publication with more than 50 biographies of notable Black citizens and a collection of essays on the African American experience in Kansas City. Print and electronic versions of the publication will be freely available to the public. Additional content – including lesson plans and other educational resources – will appear in early 2021 on a new website: kcblackhistory.org.