As the staff of the Museum prepare for the reopening of Corinthian Hall in 2021, our satellite location at 800 Broadway Blvd. is now closed.
The health and wellness of our patrons, visitors, staff, and volunteers is always a top priority. To help slow the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) within our community, The Historic Garment District Museum, located at 801 Broadway Blvd., will be closed temporarily.
Prior to the reopening of Corinthian Hall, the mansion, The Kansas City Museum staff will continue to offer virtual public programming in addition to safe distanced activities.
As guidance and recommendations continue to change, our plans will be evaluated and updated.
For more information about the renovation of Corinthian Hall, please visit our website at www.makingamuseumkc.org or call us at 816.513.0720.
Stay safe and be well.
In 2017 the Kansas City Museum opened the Kansas City Museum at the Historic Garment District (KCM@HGD), a special exhibition and programming space located at 800 Broadway Blvd. on the first floor of the historic 800 Broadway Building at 8th St. and Broadway Blvd. in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. The KCM@HGD provides 3,300 square feet for exhibitions, programs, and events, and it is adjacent to Garment District Place Park. In addition, the KCM@HGD is across the street from the Historic Garment District Museum, a 1,000 square-foot space located at 801 Broadway in the historic Poindexter Building at the northeast corner of 8th St. and Broadway Blvd.
The Kansas City Museum at the Historic Garment District (KCM@HGD) offers special exhibitions that display historical items from the Kansas City Museum’s collections and also present contemporary works by local fashion designers, entrepreneurs, and artists.
The Historic Garment District Museum continues to celebrate the people who worked in Kansas City’s Garment District by showcasing the companies for which they worked, the clothing they made, and the equipment they used. The Historic Garment District Museum displays 25-35 garments, that are changed seasonally, and demonstrate the variety of materials and styles of predominantly the 1940s through the 1970s.
The Historic Garment District Museum was founded and opened in 2002 by Ann Brownfield and Harvey Fried. Kansas City’s Garment District (an area defined as between 6th and 11th Streets, and Washington and Wyandotte Streets) rose up around the wholesale business area of the City’s downtown after World War I and grew steadily to become, at its peak, one of the largest garment districts in the nation and the second largest industry and employer in Kansas City.
The Garment District Collection collection highlights about a dozen companies that helped make up Kansas City’s Garment District. The Collection is comprised of more than 350 garments and accessories made by local companies from the 1920s through the 1970s, and includes numerous objects such as equipment and marketing pieces. In 2015 the City of Kansas City, Missouri Parks and Recreation Department, which operates and manages the Kansas City Museum, began to operate and manage the Historic Garment District Museum, and the Kansas City Museum acquired the Garment District Collection.
The Garment District Collection of Kansas City-made garments and accessories allows the Kansas City Museum to add to its stellar collection of historical clothing, textiles, and costumes, which comprises more than 20,000 items in the Museum’s collection and is one of the best collections of its kind in the region.
UPCOMING PUBLIC PROGRAMS & EVENTS AT THE KCM@HGD
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.