For more information about upcoming Restore KC programs, please contact Director of Visitor Experience & Public Programming Paul Gutiérrez at pgutierrez@kansascitymuseum.org or 816.702.7705.

Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition
“¡Pleibol! In the Barrios and the Big Leagues / En los barrios y las grandes ligas”
On View August 21 through November 14
At the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, (NLBM) in partnership with the Kansas City Museum
1616 E. 18th Street, Kansas City, MO
Open Tuesday-Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Sundays 12:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Free, open to all

The history and culture of Latinos and their impact on American culture through the lens of baseball will be on view in the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service’s (SITES) new bilingual (Spanish and English) exhibition.  Over a dozen panels explore the game and, through the virtual world of QR codes, can take you to Smithsonian collection pieces belonging to the great Roberto Clemente and many others.

In addition to the “¡Pleibol! In the Barrios and the Big Leagues / En los barrios y las grandes ligas” exhibition, the Kansas City Museum will display artifacts of regional baseball and fastpitch softball teams, and the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum will share some of its collection of Afro-Latino players and teams.

¡Pleibol! In the Barrios and the Big Leagues / En los barrios y las grandes ligas is organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service in collaboration with the National Museum of American History. This exhibition received generous support from the Cordoba Corporation and Linda Alvarado, and federal support from the Latino Initiatives Pool, administered by the Smithsonian Latino Center.

From Cuba with Love of the Game
Thursday, September 23
5:30 to 7:00 PM CST
Free, Live on Facebook
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This program is a conversation with Kansas City Museum’s resident historian, Dr. Gene T. Chávez, and Pedro Sierra who left Cuba in 1954 at the age of 16 to pursue his dream, which he describes as “the only thing he’d ever dreamed of—to play professional baseball”,

Much like Kansas City well-known local MLB celebrity, Diego Seguí who also left Cuba during the regime change there.  After playing in minor leagues club, Seguí broke into the big leagues at age 24 on April 12, 1962, with the Kansas City Athletics.  Sierra’s path to accomplishing his dream led him to Negro Leagues and eventually to the MLB.  Both players baseball stories will be discussed.

This virtual event is part of the educational programming associated with ¡Pleibol! In the Barrios and the Big Leagues / En los barrios y las grandes ligas. Organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service in collaboration with the National Museum of American History.

POMP AND CEREMONY: Inaugurations, First Families and Beyond 
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The fashion of politics is about making a statement—protesting or campaigning for a leader or a cause. We can identify ourselves with a position by what we wear. There are also fashion statements in what we wear to major political events in our history—being appropriately dressed has never mattered as much as it does at political gatherings.

Pomp and Ceremony: Inaugurations, First Families and Beyond looks at what we wore to those political events: the inaugurations, balls, parties, and campaign rallies. Everyone has a garment they have kept because of its relationship to a political event or belief. For many years, the Museum’s auxiliary The Women’s Division was intent on collecting the best pieces of fashion worn to “big” events, paying particular attention to ceremonial wear. Some of the items acquired by the Women’s Division have belonged to a few 20th Century First Ladies.

If there’s one political souvenir kept from presidential elections it’s the campaign button, a candidate’s or party’s best advertising piece. So, in addition to clothing worn, the exhibit also highlights a selection of political ephemera related to presidential campaigns as far back as William Henry Harrison. Buttons, badges, pins and medals are all included.

We have a shared heritage of campaigns and voting—no matter the cause or political figure it is an experience we all participate in.  What we wore, what we saved from that experience is the stuff of history.

Arts As Mentorship RSA Live!
As part of our Restore KC series, we have partnered with Arts As Mentorship’s RSA Live! sessions. Art as Mentorship empowers young people of all backgrounds to raise their voice using songwriting and other artistic expressions as a vehicle to instill self-confidence, discipline and entrepreneurial skills.

These session will lean into a restorative justice theme.
View March 2 session here
View March 30 session here

2021 Virtual Concerts:

Virtual concert with Enrique Chi & Juan Carlos Chaurand
of Making Movies
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Virtual guitar recital with New York/Argentine composer Carlos Pavan
Click here to view recording