Learn about Women in History
Outings Across Kansas City
The Coterie is showing Secret Soldiers: Heroines in Disguise Jan. 22-Feb. 10 (TheCoterie.org). The play tells true accounts of four women who, for different reasons, served as men in the Civil War. Woven into this unique and interactive play: the early suffrage movement, as well as the formation of the Massachusetts 54th Regiment (the first African American regiment in U.S. history) and Harriet Tubman.
The “first lady of flight” Amelia Earhart was born in Atchison, KS. The Amelia Earhart Birthplace (223 North Terrace St., Atchison, KS, 913.367.4217, AmeliaEarhartMuseum.org) tells the story of the legendary lady and her childhood adventures. Earhart was born in the home on July 24, 1897, to Edwin Stanton Earhart and Amy Otis Earhart. On a tour of the home, visitors learn about the pilot’s early love of flight and her daredevil adventures as a little girl.
Bess Truman was first lady of the United States and the constant support of Harry Truman’s life. The Harry S. Truman Library & Museum (500 W. US Hwy. 24, Independence, 816.268.8200, TrumanLibrary.org) exhibits cover U.S. history during the Truman presidency, as well as the life of the Truman family. One of the most prized museum collections features the many letters exchanged between Harry and Bess Truman over the years. The exhibit on the president’s life underscores the importance of his relationship with Bess, her role in his life and as first lady.
Kansas City has a rich history in the fashion industry, including being home to Nelly Don. She was the founder of the Donnelly Garment Company, one of the premier fashion companies of the world in the 20th century that introduced affordable ready-to-wear clothing for women. The history of fashion is captured at the Kansas City Museum at the Historic Garment District (KCMO.gov/kansascitymuseum/visit/historic-garment-district-museum). The museum updates exhibits throughout the year.
At the Dole Institute of Politics (2350 Petefish Dr., Lawrence, KS, 785.864.4900, DoleInstitute.org), visitors learn about the functions of the U.S. government and the lives and legacies of Kansas Senators Bob and Elizabeth Dole. This married couple played an important role in national politics for much of the late 20th and early 21st centuries.