THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES AT KANSAS CITY

National Archives

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

PHONE: 816-268-8000

WEB SITE: www.archives.gov/kansas-city/ 

SOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook-National Archives at Kansas City, Twitter-@KCArchives

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Public programs include evening author lectures and guest speakers, research in archives and teaching history using archival documents. The organization also offers free tours of the facility and exhibits. Check the website for schedule of current programming.
  • The exhibit galleries feature exhibitions from other organizations, such as libraries, historical societies and archival institutions in the Central Plains region as well as large, national traveling exhibits about historical themes. Check the website for current exhibits.

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:  For information on group tours, contact Kimberlee Ried at kimberlee.ried@nara.gov or 816-268-8072.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: Take the MAX bus to the Union Station stop or take the Kansas City Streetcar to the Union Station stop (Pershing & Main).

DRIVING DIRECTIONS:

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 kimberlee.ried@nara.gov.

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