JuneteenthKC begins month-long, virtual celebration

The spirit of African American pride and freedom in Kansas City will be celebrated virtually this month during JuneteenthKC.

Juneteenth is the oldest national commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States.  Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and the enslaved were now free.

That news came two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, which had become official Jan. 1, 1863.

Juneteenth was brought to Kansas City 40 years ago by Horace M Peterson III, founder of the Black Archives of Mid-America, and celebrated annually in the 18th & Vine Historic District. This year, JuneteenthKC will be carried out virtually all month due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

To  learn more about the JuneteenthKC celebration and virtual activities, visit www.Juneteenth-KC.com,

The National WWI Museum and Memorial has reopened for visitors.

National WWI Museum and Memorial reopens this week

The National WWI Museum and Memorial reopened to the public on Tuesday, and is offering a host of programs in June.

Two new special exhibitions showcasing the museum’s extensive collection opened this week, including 100 Years of Collecting and 100 Years of Collecting – Art. The Museum and Memorial began collecting directly from the First World War in 1920 and has amassed the most comprehensive Great War collection in the world.

In a tremendous stroke of foresight, the organization’s founders determined that the collection should be inclusive of every nation that actively participated in the war. 100 Years of Collecting provides a window to examine diverse objects and documents, as well as the opportunity to see how this monumental collection came to fruition. 100 Years of Collecting – Art examines striking works related to the First World War, including pieces from the U.S., Germany, France and the U.K. Both exhibitions are open through March 7, 2021 and are included with general admission.

This Friday, the Museum and Memorial will celebrate National Doughnut Day, a food with a direct connection to World War I. Doughnuts were frequently made and served by The Salvation Army in an effort to boost morale among U.S. soldiers. At 10:30 a.m. on Friday, June 5, Museum and Memorial Curator of Education Lora Vogt shares details of this story via a free online presentation.

The iconic Museum and Memorial had been closed since Monday, March 16, before reopening for members on Monday, June 1. Guests are strongly encouraged to purchase tickets online in advance to guarantee entrance. For more information on hours and adjustments to the traditional guest experience, visit theworldwar.org/safe.