DESCRIPTION: The National Archives at Kansas City is home to historical records dating from the 1820s to the 1990s created or received by Federal agencies in the region. Visitors can research genealogy, replicate famous signatures or view rare documents, including the original documents from the Brown v. Board of Education case that ended school segregation.
ADDRESS: 400 W. Pershing Rd., Kansas City, Mo.
LOCATION: Downtown Kansas City near Union Station and Crown Center
WEB SITE: www.archives.gov/kansas-city/
HOURS: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.-Fri. The facility is closed on weekends and Federal holidays.
ADMISSION: Free access to documents, displays and exhibits, online genealogy subscription services, workshops and events.
WHERE TO GET LUNCH: The nearby Union Station houses two full-service restaurants, ranging from upscale dining such as steaks and seafood at Pierpont's to casual fare such as soups, salads and burgers at Harvey’s at Union Station. In addition, Parisi Café and Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory feature snacks and beverages. Several restaurants in the nearby Freight House are accessible via the Station's pedestrian walkway.
HANDS-ON ACTIVITIES: Conduct your own research in the research rooms or replicate a famous signature and take it home with you. Whether on a letter, bankruptcy form, court case, or homestead application, famous signatures abound in the historical records.
WHAT’S NEARBY: Historic Union Station, home to an exhibit exploring the history of the American railroad, Science City, various restaurants and more is nearby. Use the Link walkway in Union Station to access Crown Center, home to shops, restaurants and entertainment options or visit the Crossroads Arts District via Union Station's pedestrian walkway. The National World War I Museum and Memorial is also within walking distance.
DON’T FORGET: Bring identification such as a driver’s license, passport or student identification card so that you may be issued a researcher’s card.
GROUP TOURS: Guided tours are free and may be scheduled Monday-Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Guided tours are for small grups of no more than 12 people and are schedule based upon staff availability. You must call at least two weeks in advance to schedule a group tour. Group tours can be booked up to three months in advance. Please be prepared to provide the following information: date you would like to schedule a tour, time of arrival, time of departure, total number of adults, contact person, phone number, and an e-mail address. Please allow a minimum of 45 minutes for a tour.
PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: Take the MAX bus to the Union Station stop or take the Kansas City Streetcar to the Union Station stop (Pershing & Main).
From the north: Take I-29 South to Hwy 169 South. It will turn into the Broadway Extension. Stay on Broadway across the river and through Downtown to Pershing Road. Turn left on Pershing Road. At the first stoplight turn left (north) onto the viaduct bridge and arrive at 400 West Pershing.
From the south: Take I-35 North and exit at 1C, Southwest Boulevard/Pennway. Turn right (east) on Pennway. Turn right (south) on Broadway Boulevard. Turn left on Pershing Road. At the first stoplight turn left (north) onto the viaduct bridge and arrive at 400 West Pershing.
From the east: Take I-70 West to I-670 West, then to the Downtown loop. Exit to I-35 South. Exit at 20th Street. At 20th, turn left (east). Turn right (south) onto Broadway Boulevard. Turn left onto Pershing Road. At the first stoplight turn left (North) onto the viaduct bridge and arrive at 400 West Pershing.
From the west: Take I-70 East to I-670. Merge onto I-35 South, and then exit at 20th Street. At 20th, turn left (east). Turn right (south) on Broadway Boulevard. Turn left on Pershing Road. At the first stoplight turn left (north) onto the viaduct bridge and arrive at 400 West Pershing.
PARKING: Visitors to the National Archives should park in front of the building, or in the Union Station parking garage just east of the Archives. Parking is free in the Archives lot; fees apply when parking in the Union Station garage.
PUBLIC RELATIONS CONTACT: Kimberlee Ried, archives specialist, 816-268-8000 or firstname.lastname@example.org.