The StoryTarium is a fantastic feature at the Kansas City Museum, where visitors can learn about Kansas City’s rich local and regional history. The StoryTarium features films, lectures and other history-related programming in an intimate auditorium that seats 40 people. It is housed in the Museum’s former planetarium. The regular programming schedule in the revamped space features a variety of original programs that first aired on KCPT, Channel 19.
Wednesday-Sunday | 12 & 2 p.m. | Free
June Featured Film: Community Builder: The Life and Legacy of J.C. Nichols
Kansas City’s most famous land developer, Jesse Clyde Nichols, built a grand local community…and changed America forever.
This hour-long documentary chronicles J.C. Nichols’ life and work, including Kansas City’s own Country Club District, in which Nichols constructed the largest contiguous planned community in the United States. Now more than 100 years old, its crown jewel, the Country Club Plaza, has resisted encroachment by strip malls and fast food chains, and lived up to its founder’s motto: “planning for permanence.”
July Featured Film: The Kansas City Monarchs: Ain’t Seen Nothing Like It Since
The Kansas City Monarchs were the royalty of black baseball. Hall of Famers like Satchel Paige, Jackie Robinson and Ernie Banks wore the Monarchs uniform. So did dozens of other remarkable athletes, men whose talent and achievements deserve to be remembered.
The story of the Monarchs is intertwined with Kansas City’s historic 18th & Vine area, a place were jazz giants and great ball players brought pride to the community.
And, as one who watched them once said, you ain’t seen nothin like it since.”
August Featured Film: The Royal Years
Producer Jack Cashhill captures an era of growth in Kansas City, from 1955 to 1985, a time when the interstates developed, Johnson County became a booming center of suburbia and Ewing Kauffman established the Royals as the city’s Major League baseball team. Also explored are the rise and fall of the River Quay, the tragedy of the 1977 Brush Creek flood, and development of the city’s counterculture in the wake of the murder of Martin Luther King, Jr.