Monday, July 9, 2012

Going to Kansas City

M- Today we are going back in time. Didn't know we would do this on our tour did you? Surprise! Well, today we begin with the Monarchs (KC). They were the longest running Negro League Franchise. They played from 1920-30 and 1937-62 were league years. They won the first Negro League World Series in 1924. These are a couple of photos showing the teams of 1956 and 1948. These pics above and below I took at Fanfest. (more on that later)
In 1945, Jackie Robinson hit .387
as th Monarchs' shortstop . He was
the first Monarch to go into white
baseball. The team disbanded in
1965 due to many players being sent
to the major leagues.
Notable other Monarchs- Buck O'Neil
and Satchel Paige.
For more information--Google
Negro League Baseball.
N-
Next stop is the Negro League
Baseball Museum. Located in the
18th and Vine District here in KC.
The museum opened in 1997 but
was "founded in 1990 and is a
privately funded non-profit
organzation dedicated to preserving
the rich history of African-American
Baseball."
You can take a self-guided tour where
you will see displays , photos, a museum
store and artifacts from 1800's-1960's.
For more information: www.nlbm.com
This is Alexander Austin a self
taught artist who was at Fanfest
drawing Buck O'Neil he was
intrumental in getting the Negro
League Museum here.
Satchel Paige artifacts at Fanfest.
Our last stop for now is The
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.
I will say this is one of the most
enjoyable places I have visited.
There is soooo much to see here.
William Rockwell Nelson- a news
paper owner and Mary McAffee
Atkins-a school teacher both
enjoyed the arts and were looking
for a place here in KC, when both
passed on the trustees from their
estates agreed to combine their
funds and what we know as the
Nelson-Atkins Museum was born!
The Nelson as we know it is open
Wednesday-Sunday-see web for
their hours. Admission is FREE
except for special exhibits.
You can take a self guided tour
a mobile app. Reservations are
taken for school groups and
adult groups over six. There is
all kinds of art is here for you to
see, there is a sculpture garden
and the new Bloch Building is a
must see also.
AND
don't forget the Shuttlecocks!
You gotta see em!
~Keep on Dreaming~

5 comments:

  1. Now there's a bit of history I didn't know! TY for sharing. Don't you just love visiting places & seeing & learning new things? Shoot! Hadn't heard anyone call a shuttlecock in years.

    Have a great day ~
    TTFN ~
    Marydon

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  2. Very Interesting Malinda!!
    These are things that I knew nothing about..
    Have a good tomorrow..

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  3. Cool! Didn't know that bit of history...thanks for teaching us all so much!

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  4. Well... ya learn something new every day... don't ya??!! I know I learned a lot of new things by visiting your blog this morning :)

    Love that art museum ... how cool!

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  5. We LOVE going to the Nelson and wandering out on the lawn looking at all the sculptures. I have pictures taken through the years of various nieces and nephews posing. And it's on my "to do " list for my blog.

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