Preserving the History of Westport
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Welcome to The Westport Historical Society
Headquartered in the 1855 Harris-Kearney House in Westport, MO
Westport, in the heart of Kansas City, is a small village that is filled with legend and history. The Westport Historical Society celebrates the lively history of Westport and its first citizens. We welcome you to visit us and step back in time to an earlier day when Westport and the Town of Kansas were on the nation’s frontier.
More than 150 years ago, thousands of adventurers from all walks of life came to Westport to explore and seek their fortunes along the Santa Fe and Oregon Trails. Mountain men and preachers walked the lanes and streets of Westport, drawn here by the mystique of the West. The village of Westport flourished with a cosmopolitan flavor as merchants outfitted wagon trains headed to the Spanish and Mexican settlements. Everyday, more and more people began their westward journey in Westport and as the town grew, the foundation for Kansas City was laid. Today, Westport is a thriving community where people live and shop in many of Westport’s original buildings. Although the reason why people flood to Westport has changed in the past 150 years, the energy and vitality of the district remain the same!
WHS & The 1855 Harris-Kearney House Museum
The Westport Historical Society (WHS) actively preserves the unique moment in history of the great Westward Migration by sharing the stories of how Kansas City began and by educating the greater Kansas City community of Westport’s role in the shaping of the society in America. WHS is headquartered in the 1855 Harris-Kearney House in Westport, MO. As Kansas City’s oldest brick home,the 1855 Harris-Kearney House preserves the history of Westport and the Town of Kansas. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Harris-Kearney House Museum illustrates the lives of the first residents and their contributions to the formation of the greater KC area. Please come visit & take a tour!
The Society also researches the Battle of Westport, the largest Civil War battle fought west of the Mississippi. We are partnered with the Monnett Battle of Westport Fund in its efforts to restore and preserve the Westport Battlefields. We invite you to bring research ideas to us. As a member, you have access to our resources and contacts! History students of all ages, school districts, history buffs and Westport’s residents are all encouraged to make the Historical Society their favorite resource.
The 1855 Harris-Kearney House Museum and the Westport Historical Society are proud to announce that the museum is now designated as a national BLUE STAR MUSEUM. Blue Star Museums is collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums…
“ABUSE AND MURDER ON THE FRONTIER” Bill Bundschu will present his book, Abuse and Murder on the Frontier: the Trials and Travels of Rebecca Hawkins: 1800-1860, at the Westport Public Library on May 10, at 2 pm. A reception with refreshments will be hosted afterwards at the 1855 Harris-Kearney House…
Artist Brad Ultican of Kansas City Exhibiting at The Harris Kearney House in April! Beginning April 1, 2014 through April 30, 2014, the beautiful work of Brad Ultican featuring American scences in pencil drawings and etchings will be on display at the Harris-kearney House Museum Art Gallery. The exhibit will…
Blue Star Museum
The 1855 Harris-Kearney House Museum and the Westport Historical Society are proud to announce that the museum is now designated as a national BLUE STAR MUSEUM.
Blue Star Museums is collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America. The program starts on Memorial Day (Monday May 26, 2014) and runs through Labor Day (Monday, September 1, 2014). This is an opportunity to say “thank you” to our military community.
Blue Star Museums offers free admission to active duty military with ID, including Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Marines, National Guard, and Reserve members, for up to five family members.
Events that happened in the 29 eastern Kansas and 12 western Missouri counties of Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area led to the Civil War and an enduring struggle for freedom. Conflict over slavery and other issues drew those on both sides into a violent Border War. Missouri heroes were Kansas villains. Kansas victories were Missouri tragedies. Now Freedom’s Frontier bridges the border. Explore Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area and experience from many viewpoints the strong freedom story that runs along the Missouri Kansas border. Visit Freedom’s Frontier Website.
City of Westport, Missouri
The city of Westport was once the “last port west” for pioneers setting off on the Oregon, Santa Fe, and other trails! The wagon trains would gather their supplies and prepare for the long journey west! Now, Westport is home to many shops, businesses, eateries, art galleries, and historic places! The Harris-Kearney House is right in the heart of Westport and can be toured! Let us take you back in time to 1855 Westport at the Harris-Kearney House and Museum! After touring, enjoy all the wonders Westport in KCMO has to offer! Visit Westport’s Website!
The Santa Fe Trail Association
The Harris-Kearney House and Westport Historical Society are members of The Santa Fe Trail Association. Travelers along The Santa Fe Trail would stop in Westport before heading South! Yes, The Santa Fe Trail goes through Westport KCMO! Visit Historic Westport and the historic Santa Fe Trail. Learn about the life of pioneers who ventured into the frontier! We make efforts to conserve the history of the trail for generations to come! Visit the official Santa Fe Trail Association website!