NMRA 2018 Kansas City Convention - August 5-12, 2018 National Model Railroad Association

GENERAL INTEREST TOURS

Wow! Who knew that there was so much to see and do in the Midwest?!

We are delighted to offer these general interest tours during Convention week. They range from half-day local tours to full-day adventures, complete with a live steam excursion train. Dinner trains to BBQ tours to English Teas to a KC Royals baseball game and TWO (count 'em two!) American Presidents, we know you are going to have a great time!

Bottoms Up! (West Bottoms Wine/Beer and Shopping)

This half-day tour begins in the historic West Bottoms area — home to Kansas City’s first Union Depot and the Kansas City Stockyards — is one of the oldest areas of the city and was once a lively industrial and rail area. Today, the West Bottoms area is a mecca for Americana shopping, chock full of one-of-a-kind, antique and vintage merchandise, and more flea markets than fleas on a dog.

The Painted Sofa
Our first stop is at the Painted Sofa, West Bottoms’ destination for one-of-a-kind home décor and interior decorating store, filled with antiques, furniture, crafts, wall art, and collectibles. They have a small section of clothing and jewelry as well. Several of the furniture pieces are painted with chalk paint, and the same paint is sold at the store for your DIY projects.

Doc's Caboose
Doc's Caboose is Kansas City's Premiere Model Train Store since 2002! Doc’s specializes in HO- and N-scale model trains and accessories. Their diverse inventory includes Tools, Scenery, Modeling Supplies, DCC, City Lights Layout Lighting System, Plastic Model Kits, Exclusive Weathered RR T-Shirts, Metal RR and more. At this same location, you can visit The Blue Djinn Gallery (pronounced “Blue Jin.” The gallery features knotty pine paneling and contemporary track lighting, creating a unique, warm atmosphere. The Blue Djinn Gallery strives to promote emerging artists and contribute to the Kansas City arts community. 

Amigoni Urban Winery
Our next stop is the Amigoni Urban Winery, located in the historic Daily Drover Telegram Newspaper building in the Stockyards District of the West Bottoms. The building was constructed in 1909, and for 50 years was a daily newspaper for the livestock industry. The front tasting room was the newsroom, and Amigoni’s barrel room is where they had the press. If you look closely near the back of the room, there is still ink visible on the ceiling! You will have your choice of wine tasting (five local wines) or a flight of refreshing local beers (all included in your tour price) and some light tastings.

Nell Hills
The third stop is Nell Hills — Kansas City’s leading home interior destination. Named after the storeowner’s maternal grandmother, who was an early Kansas pioneer. Since its humble beginnings as a gourmet food shop, Nell Hill’s has grown to become one of the most popular home interior stores in the Midwest. Owner Mary Carol has garnered national attention with Forbes magazine dubbing her “one of the hottest little retailers” in America. She has been featured on CBS’s “The Early Show” and NBC’s “Today” show, and in The Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Midwest Living, Country Living, Victoria, and many more. Filled with gorgeous furniture, artwork, lighting, fabric by the yard and accents, Nell Hills is a party every day. Come join the fun!

Double the Fun (Double-decker bus sight-seeing and fountain tour)

KC Double Decker Tours is the first and only locally owned and operated company to offer you the opportunity to see Kansas City above street level. On this City Sight-seeing and Fountain Tour, you will travel to, see, and hear about historic and nationally recognized fountains, museums, landmarks, shopping districts, entertainment districts, and neighborhoods. Let us guide you through the historic streets of Kansas City on our open-top double-decker buses, while our local tour guides keep you entertained.

Bird's Botanicals

Orchids, orchids, and hundreds upon hundreds of varieties of exotic plants and flowers… growing in a cave…in Kansas City? You’ve got to be kidding! Right?
David Bird has been growing orchids since 1978. On a family trip to Hawaii when he was a kid, he bought his first five orchids. Bird’s Botanicals started as a home-based greenhouse business with 400 square feet of growing space. David continues to make his much-loved annual trips to Hawaii, working with growers on new-and-improved orchids. Now located in a climate-controlled cave, the orchids have the perfect growing environment. With more than 10,000 orchids thriving and blooming, it’s quite a sight to behold. The bus returns to the hotel to pick up everyone who signed up for the Ladies Luncheon (and to drop off those who didn't’). Everyone who takes the tour gets an orchid corsage — how perfect for the Luncheon!

English Afternoon Ladies Tea and Steamboat Arabia Museum

English Afternoon Ladies Tea
Afternoon tea is a British food tradition of sitting down for an afternoon treat of tea, sandwiches, scones and cake, and lively conversation. Join us for a delightful English-style afternoon tea, complete with a selection of sandwiches made with delicious fresh-baked bread, mini sausage rolls, and roasted vegetable pinwheels. A selection of mini-desserts are offered, such as lemon bars, millionaire’s shortbread, English cookies, French Macaroons, cream puffs, and English scones — all washed down with a choice of British teas. Teresa Gebbert, a British expat and owner of the Clock Tower Bakery in Overland Park, Kansas, is locally famous for her authentic British pastries and desserts.

Steamboat Arabia Museum
The Arabia Steamboat Museum is a unique Kansas City attraction: a time capsule of life on the American frontier in the mid-nineteenth century. It is not your typical museum. Visitors have the one-of-a-kind opportunity to experience the everyday objects that made life possible for pioneers in the 1800s. It is the largest single collection of pre-Civil War artifacts in the world.A visit to the museum is a glimpse into the past. The Arabia’s collection reveals details of frontier life seen nowhere else. A museum tour is partially guided, introducing visitors to the Arabia’s history and sinking, with a short video presentation of the remarkable excavation.

The 10-ton stern section of the boat is on display, carefully preserved, with draft marks showing the boat’s depth in the water, and some original white paint still visible. A full-sized reproduction of the boat’s main deck shows visitors the grand scale of a steamboat, with the Arabia’s huge boilers and steam engine in place. A 28-foot paddle wheel turns in a pool of water, alongside the final resting place of the mule skeleton – the only life lost in the Arabia’s sinking.

Go West! (Weston, Missouri and Atchison, Kansas historical tours)

Weston, Missouri, that is (and Atchison, Kansas too!). This day-long tour is tiered so that you can choose all or just some of the activities. If you choose the basic tour, you will go to Atchison activities and then shop/tour Weston’s Main Street on your own. You have the option (for an additional fee) to participate in an afternoon tea (this is separate from the traditional Afternoon Tea activity). We’ll regroup and wrap up the day with a tour of the Holladay Distillery.

Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum
Both Amelia’s birthplace and early childhood home, the house was built by her grandfather, Judge Alfred G. Otis, in the early 1860s. Now owned by the Ninety-Nines, the Birthplace has been returned to its turn-of-the-century condition and features an abundance of personal and family memorabilia.

Atchison County Museum
The Atchison County Historical Society is dedicated to preserving, promoting, recording and sharing the history of Atchison County, Kansas since 1967. The former 1880s Santa Fe Freight House features a History Museum with exhibits on Native American, Amelia Earhart, Lewis & Clark, Jesse Stone, and an extensive Military weapon collection. The museum exhibits an outdoor collection of rail cars, locomotives, and rolling stock from the Atchison, Topeka, & Santa Fe Railroad. It is also the home of the 811 steam engine. Rail collections on display include more than 20 historic train cars like the Santa Fe 789 Class, built by Baldwin, and the Chicago Burlington & Quincy Railroad Post Office/baggage car.

Afternoon Tea
An optional (extra fare) Afternoon Tea will be at the Main Street Galleria and Upstairs Tearoom. Your table will be set up with a white tablecloth, cloth napkins, silverware, water glasses, tea cups, hot water kettles with a basket of teas to choose from, sugar cubes, scones with sweetened cream and strawberry preserves, trivets with small finger sandwiches, mini-quiches, fresh fruits and vegetables, and bite-size sweets. (Be sure to try some of the fudge in the Main Street Galleria!)

Holladay Distillery
Explore over 160 years of history and experience Real Missouri Bourbon being made at the Holladay Distillery, home of McCormick Distilling, Co. Originally founded by "Stagecoach King" Benjamin Holladay and his brother, Major David Holladay, it is now the oldest distillery west of the Mississippi located on its original site.

I Like Ike (Abilene, Kanas) with Steam Excursion Train

Abilene & Smoky Valley Railroad Excursion Train Ride the rails of history on the Excursion Train as it tours through ten miles of the beautiful farmland and scenic Smoky Hill River countryside between Abilene and Enterprise. For a special experience, you will ride the Excursion Train pulled by the restored #3415 Steam Engine, built in 1919 and is the only operating steam engine train in Kansas today. The Steam Engine will pull a century-old wooden sided air-conditioned passenger/diner, open-air observation cars, and a caboose. Families with kids of all ages will enjoy this interactive adventure. The train travels at a leisurely 10-15 miles an hour, so there is plenty of time for passengers to take pictures and visit with the other passengers or train crew.

The Dickinson County Heritage Center
The Dickinson County Heritage Center is the museum of the Dickinson County Historical Society. It features both indoor exhibits as well as an outdoor museum area. Explore a cabin, a grocery store built in 1932 and ride an original 1901 C.W. Parker Carousel. The Heritage Center exhibits items from the history of Dickinson County and the birth of Telephony including an Acme Telephone building from which operators would work.

Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum, and Boyhood Home
We’ll arrive at the Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum, and Boyhood home. Visitors can explore the extraordinary life and legacy of the only 5-star General who became President of the United States. In addition, the Eisenhower Museum and Boyhood Home allows visitors to explore Ike's boyhood years growing up in America's heartland, his years as military leader, and his presidency. There will be a film In the Visitors Center. Then tour through Ike's Boyhood home. Walk the grounds and the Meditation Area. Check out the Library and the Museum artifacts. Speak with a Curator or Archivist who will have a special Exhibit Display to enjoy one of the Museum artifacts more in depth.

The Hitching Post Restaurant
We’ll grab a bite for lunch at the Hitching Post where everything is homemade and browse the General Store.

KC BBQ Tour

This is Kansas City’s #1 food tour, and for good reason. The roots of barbecue in Kansas City run deep. From its street vendor beginnings to more than 100 barbecue restaurants today, there is no doubt Kansas City offers the best BBQ in the world! Join KC Barbecue Tours on a bus-guided food tour as we travel through the city sampling barbecue from well-known barbecue establishments and “hidden gem” barbecue joints.

On this food tour, we will visit three different barbecue restaurants in the Kansas City area. From top ranked ribs & sausage to brisket to burnt ends, you will go on a tasty adventure as you enjoy a portion of each restaurant’s best smoked meats and side dishes. Come hungry!

One reviewer of this tour wrote:
"You don't want to miss this! If you want to learn about & taste some great BBQ then this is the tour for you. The tour guides were very friendly & very knowledgeable. I loved not only learning about the history of BBQ but also learning about some of the history around Kansas City. Make sure you DO NOT eat before going on this tour; you will be more than full when you leave. I wish that more cities offered tours like this. It is definitely worth the money and was a great experience. If I ever visit Kansas City again, I would definitely go on this tour again."

KC Royals vs Chicago Cubs

Come join other baseball enthusiasts for a leisurely game of good ole American baseball with two great teams. Watch the Royals take on the Chicago Cubs who only come to Kansas City every two or three years. The Royals Hall of Fame Museum is included in the cost of your game ticket and is open through the top of the eighth inning. This is a really special place and should not be missed. Dinner will be on your own at the stadium, with lots to choose from. There are concession stands with $1 hot dogs and peanuts, as well as specialty concession stands. There are two restaurants in the stadium on a first-come, first-serve basis. The Rival Sports Bar's menu features items such as a grilled ribeye steak sandwich, gourmet burgers and parmesan garlic street fries, as well as milkshakes and frozen cocktails featuring a variety of 360 flavored vodkas.

Kansas Belle Dinner Train

The Kansas Belle Dinner Train is a nostalgic trip back into the 1940s era. You’ll experience beautiful scenery on a 22-mile round trip departing from the Baldwin City depot while listening to 1940s music. Enjoy the mystique of train travel with fine dining of a three-course meal. Meals are catered by 23rd St. Brewery of Lawrence, Kansas. The Kansas Belle Dinner Train currently operates four dining cars — all of which have their unique and distinct personalities.

Ladies Luncheon at the Culinary Center of Kansas City with Shopping

In the tradition of previous NMRA conventions, we are excited to offer the 2018 Ladies Luncheon at the Culinary Center of Kansas City! Situated in a uniquely walk-able community, in a beautifully restored turn-of-the-century buggy barn, our luncheon will include a four-course meal, complete with a demonstration by a Culinary Center chef. As an added bonus, the CCKC also is the home to The Kitchen Shop — a retail shop offering serious culinary retail therapy for your cooking and entertaining addictions. Luncheon attendees receive a 10 percent discount on all purchases made at the shop.

Before the luncheon, attendees will have the option to browse the nearby shops and local Farmer’s Market. The fun shopping opportunities include Penzy’s Spices, the Tasteful Olive, Ten Thousand Villages (a fair-trade world market featuring unique items from more than 30 developing countries), and Harper’s Fabric & Quilt (who has graciously donated the sewing machines for the Convention’s Project Linus Room!)

Here is an informative video of our luncheon location!

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Milks & Quilts

Shatto Milk
“Pure, honest milk. No bull. Okay, a few bulls. We hope you understand.” Shatto Milk is a small, family-owned and operated dairy farm located just north of the KC metropolitan area (and conveniently on the way to Hamilton, Missouri!). To get a true feel for where the freshest and best-tasting milk comes from, join our tour to learn how Shatto milk gets from their farm to our table.
Take a tour of the processing plant and see the bottling process, including how Shatto preps bottles for re-use. Meet, and possibly bottle feed, some adorable calves. Milk a cow. And then check it off your bucket list. See where the cows eat, sleep, and how they’re milked. Sample their wide variety of tasty milk, including root beer, banana, coffee, and more. Then sample again. You’ll have an opportunity to purchase items in their country store as well.

Missouri Star Quilt Company
Now that we’ve had some deliciously sweet treats, it’s time to head to Hamilton, Missouri — famous hometown of JC Penny and Missouri Star Quilt Company. When we arrive, we’ll be treated to a light lunch at Hamilton’s own Mama Hawks’ Kitchen.
After lunch, it’s on your own to explore what some have called a quilter’s paradise — some might even call it the “Disneyland of quilting.” Browse at your leisure the dozen beautiful shops that line the main street. Shop in specialty stores dedicated to seasonal fabrics, primitives, Civil War and 1930s reproductions, gorgeous batiks, colorful solids, modern prints, and so much more! We’ll treat you to some discounts that you can earn and spend while you visit — it doesn’t get any better than that!

Roasterie and Toy Museum

Behind the scenes: Tour The Roasterie
We go to great lengths to bring you the best coffee in the world. And nobody does it like we do. Come by for a tour and find out about our cupping, roasting and blending processes. Learn about coffee farming, production, and air-roasting. Sample coffee and see behind the scenes. You'll learn about the history of the company, get a behind the scenes look at the factory and experience a manual coffee brewing demonstration along with a Q&A. Tours are wheelchair and stroller friendly. Guests of all ages are permitted on the tours, but when we're roasting, the factory can be quite loud. It's important to stay in a group with your tour guide due to the extreme temperatures of the roasters. 

The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures
The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures educates, inspires, and delights adults and children through the museum’s collection and preservation of toys and miniatures. The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures, formerly the Toy and Miniature Museum of Kansas City, reopened on August 1, 2015 after an $8 million renovation. The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures features one of the nation's largest collections of antique toys and the world's largest collection of contemporary, fine-scale miniatures. Explore interactives and temporary exhibits alongside old museum favorites, such as the nine-foot-tall Coleman Dollhouse. Kids and adults alike love this museum. Expect a slew of rotating exhibits and permanent mainstays, including Victorian dollhouses and 1:12 scale architectural masterpieces.

That's a Capital Idea (Topeka, Kansas Tour)

Brown v Board of Education National Historic Site
The Road to Justice. “The story of Brown v. Board of Education, which ended legal segregation in public schools, is one of hope and courage. When the people agreed to be plaintiffs in the case, they never knew they would change history. The people who make up this story were ordinary people. They were teachers, secretaries, welders, ministers, and students who simply wanted to be treated equally.”

Combat Air Museum
Our next stop is the Combat Air Museum in Topeka. Here, you will find aircraft on display and exhibits with war memorabilia from all over the world. Be sure to check out the spy equipment in The Lockheed EC121-T AWACS radar plane, the cockpit from a Skyhawk US Navy attack plane, and one huge helicopter, the CH-53A Sea Stallion. Wow this is big!

Evel Knievel Museum
Hop back on the bus for a short jaunt over to the Evel Knievel Museum and a tasty barbecue lunch at Henry's BBQ Grill. Then it is time “For daredevils and dreamers of all ages to come rediscover the spectacle of the death-defying Evel Knievel show. “Witness the incredible collection of the physics-defying bikes that launched the legend. See his iconic 1974 Mack Truck & Trailer Big Red. Examine the star-spangled helmets (battered, beaten, and beautiful) that undoubtedly saved Evel’s uninsurable life more than once. Listen to the eye-widening, imagination-sparking, and the doesn’t-seem-possible stories that defined an American icon.” Bring an extra $5 to try out the 4D Jump.

Moon Marble
Find your marbles at the Moon! See marbles made by a glass artist. During demonstrations, they will explain the process of glass working, marble history, and other fascinating areas of marble interest. Moon Marble also exhibits and sells the work of several dozen prominent glassworkers from across the country. Shop for marbles, traditional toys and games, and gifts that will remind you of your childhood. Visitors to the store will enjoy perusing the displays of antique marble toys or maybe “knuckling down,” if they remember how! Tour package includes playing marbles, watching an artist make a handmade marble, and selecting a tube of marbles (Approx. 20 marbles and the shooter) to take home.

Robert J Dole Institute of Politics
Our final destination on this tour will be the Robert J Dole Institute of Politics, which celebrates public service and promotes civil discourse and the legacy of Senator Bob Dole by providing public programming, research, and educational opportunities, a museum gallery, and other offerings. The museum gallery features include the world’s largest stained glass American flag, Kansas veterans WWII memory wall, and World Trade Center beams. It is home to the Robert J. Dole Archive & Special Collections, which includes more than 35 years of congressional papers, as well as objects and materials from the Senator’s entire life.

The Cat's Meow (southern KC area Tour)


Cedar Cove Feline Conservatory & Education Center
Cedar Cove is a non-profit organization devoted to the care and preservation of endangered large cats while educating the public on their behavior, physiology, habitats, and the threats and dangers of extinction. Keepers at Cedar Cove are educated and trained in the care of large exotic felines or “Big Cats.” Their goal is to ensure that all the felines at the facility are maintained in a stress-free environment and are not exploited.
On a daily basis, every animal at the park is given one-on-one attention to enhance and enrich its life and to make the animal comfortable. The tours provide an interactive education for every visitor. Trained guides provide information about each animal’s species, original geographic location, current habitats, hunting habits, and many other facts. In addition, visitors are encouraged to ask questions.

Louisburg Cider Mill & Country Store
This year marks Louisburg Cider Mill’s 40th year of making cider! Take a nostalgic, delicious, and educational tour. Watch as apples are squeezed into natural cider before your eyes and observe the bottling process in action! See how Apple Cider Donuts are made as you sample how tasty they are along with a cool drink, included! When cider is not being made, Louisburg’s Lost Trail Craft Sodas are brewed at the Cider Mill bottling plant, and the draft-style, micro-brewed process ensures smooth and creamy authentic old-fashioned flavor.
Shop the Country Store for comfort foods, naturally healthy Louisburg Cider, ready-to-go gift baskets, tasty treats, and unique gifts.

Isinglass Estate Wine
Come check out Isinglass Estate's beautiful new tasting room where more than a dozen viewing windows invite you to learn about wine-making as you sip wines and slushies this summer. It doesn’t get better than this: contemporary decor, comfortable seating, and learning about wine all in the same place! Not in the mood for wine? They have mixed drinks and sodas as well. Getting hungry? Welcome to our SuperFabulous GastroPub Trolley! Enjoy (on your own) made-to-order flatbread pizzas, paninis, and cheese, veggie, and fruit platters to complement your wine tasting experience. Remember... Isinglass Estate Winery is FAMILY FRIENDLY! We have plenty of lawn games, a giant Chess set, Connect Four, Jenga, and lots more to keep everyone entertained. They also have horseback riding available at an additional cost. Everyone will take home a souvenir wine glass after tasting 4 different wines and maybe an extra one here and there.

Middle Creek Winery & New Lancaster General Store
Set beside a broad grassy square in rural Paola, Kansas, New Lancaster General Store offers a step back in time paired with wine tastings and a large, modern inventory of locally produced food and beverages. Art from local craftspeople decorates the space too, including metalwork with steel and weldable materials, created by their neighbor, Guinotte Wise.
According to the store’s website, the building previously served as “a meeting place of the Kansas Anti-Horse Thief Association. It was also a post office, creamery, telephone office, gathering place for the community and a place for farmers to bring in their produce and eggs.”
Kristin and Stephen Graue, owners of Middle Creek Winery at Graue Vineyards in nearby Louisburg, lovingly restored the 1874 building before it reopened. Little has changed structurally, except for the addition of an ADA-accessible bathroom. The Graues also received permission from the Kansas Historical Society to paint the original tin ceiling pale blue. Here, you will get to taste 8 different wines-6 wines and 2 slushies. You will get a souvenir wine glass to take home.

The Truman Show

Harry S. Truman Library and Museum
The final destination on this tour is the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum. One of only 15 U.S. Presidential Libraries, the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum’s two permanent exhibits chronicle the Missourian’s private life and political career with exhibits depicting his most difficult decisions like using the atomic bomb, the Cold War, and recognizing Israel.
President Truman and his wife, Bess, their daughter and her husband are buried in the museum’s courtyard. Museum visitors can also see two of Truman’s offices — the actual office he used at the Library from 1957–1966 and a replica of his Oval Office with a recorded message from him about the contents. Two floors of exhibits show his life and presidency through photographs, documents, artifacts, memorabilia, film clips, and a film about Truman’s life.

The National Frontier Trails Museum and the Chicago & Alton Depot
Discover the excitement, challenges, and heartbreak faced by pioneers as they headed West during America’s expansion in the 1800s. The museum’s exhibit gallery recreates the story of those who traveled the trails by using quotes from journals and diaries, original illustrations, and artifacts they left behind. The exhibits also include the explorations of Lewis and Clark, the vital role of fur trappers and traders, the unique story of Mormons looking for religious freedom, and the transcontinental railroad which brought the overland wagon trails to an end. For a special treat, a covered wagon ride Is available for $8.00.
Believed to be the oldest and only historically restored two-story train depot remaining in Missouri, the Chicago & Alton Depot was built in 1879. The entire depot is furnished to appear as it did in the late 1800s. See turn-of-of-the-century railroad memorabilia and an interesting model train display.

We’ll take a quick break for lunch (on your own) in Historic Independence Square. History lovers have often visited the Square for tours on horse-drawn carriages, the courthouse, and Clinton’s Soda Fountain, where President Truman had his first job as a youth. The Independence Square offers a variety of excellent options for shopping, dining, and unwinding!

Leila’s Hair Museum
Leila’s Hair Museum is the only hair museum in the world, boasting more than 600 hair wreaths and over 2,000 pieces of jewelry made of human hair. Hair art is known to have flourished in the Victorian times and can be traced back to the 12th Century. Many pieces were for a memorial purpose; however, this art form was also used as a keepsake of a loved one before cameras were invented.




Westward HO!

The Westward Ho! tour has as little bit for everybody! Step back in time at the Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm. Learn about the rich heritage of the hearing impaired. Check out some vintage rides at the Kansas City Automotive Museum. and fill your belly with some of the finest bar-be-que that Kansas City has to offer!

Mahaffie’s Stagecoach Stop and Farm
Travel back to 1865 Kansas as you visit Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm! Take a ride in a real stagecoach (included in your fee) and enjoy a cup of coffee around the chuckwagon. The visiting phrenologist will interpret your personality by the shape of your head! The blacksmith will show you how he repairs stagecoaches and farm implements. You’ll visit the Mahaffie’s fine farmhouse and tour the Agricultural Heritage Barn, meet heritage breeds of livestock and check out what is growing in the vegetable garden and fields, and learn about firearms used during the Civil War in a special presentation.
Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm is, for the most part, wheelchair accessible. A golf cart will be available to transport guests who require assistance from the Heritage Center, which features exhibits and a gift shop, to the historic grounds. The Heritage Center and farmhouse are air-conditioned.

Deaf Cultural Museum
This is the only public and independently owned museum about Deaf History, Arts & Culture in the United States. This museum offers an opportunity to learn about the rich heritage and experience of being deaf. The museum tour begins with an introductory video, “A Different Way to Hear.” Visitors will then take a stroll through the Chuck Baird Art Gallery. The remainder of the tour is a journey through deaf history and culture, a look at the history of a typical school for the deaf in America, with a variety of historical artifacts along the way.

Kansas City Automotive Museum
The Kansas City Automotive Museum showcases some of Kansas City’s rich automotive history. With 28 historical reader boards and interactive displays, the museum features 30 cars that rotate every four to six months. The museum highlights significant Kansas City automotive history such as 1965 Le Mans winner Masten Gregory (the “Kansas City Flash”), the Ford Winchester Plant, and Greenlease Cadillac. Additionally, they have a drive-in area that is dedicated to the car club of the month. Learn which car is the only one Bonnie and Clyde would drive.

Kansas City Joe's BBQ
You are in for a real barbeque treat. Kansas City Joe’s lines can be “out of control.” Those who want great barbeque don't mind waiting for this delicious meal — but you don’t have to! Lunch will be brought to us! Joe’s Kansas City Bar-B-Que in Kansas City is at the top of a national barbecue list and is nominated for another. And yes, they ship BBQ!