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Centennial Celebration Events

Celebration Gala

Centennial Celebration Gala Event

OCTOBER 30

An Unforgettable Evening

Union Station has had a phenomenal fundraising campaign. The Centennial Gala, our only fundraising event, has received tremendous support. The gala has reached capacity and is now a sold out. 

The Centennial Gala event will take guests back to 1914, and then on a journey through the Station’s 100-year history, through the dinner menu, music and entertainment.

For information call (816) 460-2000

100-YEAR HISTORY EXPERIENCES

OCTOBER 31

GRAND UNVEILING

  • Explore 100 Years of fascinating Union Station history presented in rich and interactive formats
  • "Union Station Stories" takes guests through the 100-year history of Union Station through artifacts, photos and interactive information screens. Watch KCPT's Preview Video
  • Discover the hidden history of the station using cutting-edge virtual technology created by VML Learn more and get the smartphone app
  • View photography by Roy Inman, witness to Union Station’s transformation Read more about Roy Inman

CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION OPEN HOUSE WEEKEND

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SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 1

100th Anniversary Opening Ceremony

10 a.m. In front of Union Station, weather permitting

New 100 Year History Exhibit Opening

All day Free, permanent, culturally diverse history exhibit of Union Station by Eisterhold Associates with mobile app by VML for virtual tour of the Station. Mezzanine Levels 2 and 3 in Grand Hall.

Amtrak Exhibit Train Tours

11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Lines form inside of Sprint Festival Plaza

Sprint Festival Plaza Activities

  • 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Free family activities including face painting, balloon animals, and silhouettes. LEGOLand, SeaLife, photo booth, Science City, Science Pioneers, and other activity booths.
  • Noon - 2 p.m. Roy Inman book signing.
  • Noon - 4 p.m. Actors in period clothing tell chapters of the Union Station story.

The Irish Center of Kansas City

1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Live Irish music and dance performances the Irish Center. The Irish Center’s pub is open.

Sprint Festival Plaza Entertainment

  • 11 a.m. Brush Creek Follies Band
  • Noon - 2 p.m. Vine Street Rumble, a 14-piece historic jazz band
  • 2:00 - 2:30 p.m. The Willing Sisters, an Andrews Sisters-type act.
  • 2:30 p.m. - 4 p.m. Bad Dadz, classic rock 'n' roll

History Lectures – Chamber Board Room

  • 11 a.m. Union Station History – Peter Hansen, Railroad Historian
  • 12 p.m. The Fred Harvey Story – Tom Taylor, Local Historian and Dee Harris, National Archives and Records Association
  • 1 p.m. WWI History -- Doran Cart, National World War 1 Museum
  • 2 p.m. Union Station Renovation -- Greg Allen and Sally Swank, Historical Preservation Society
  • 3 p.m. The Union Station Shoe Shiners Story -- Henry Lyons, Olathe NAACP and JoeLouis Mattox, local historian
  • 4 p.m. African-American Porters Story -- Henry Lyons, Olathe NAACP and JoeLouis Mattox, local historian

Note: Limited seating in this room, first-come, first-served. The History Lectures will be webcast that day and videotaped for posting on Union Station’s YouTube channel.

H&R Block City Stage

  • 11 a.m. "The Union Station Story -- A One Woman Show," free
  • 12:15 a.m. "Trains Across America" by Theatre for Young America, free
  • 2 - 3 p.m. "Nate the Great" by Theatre for Young America (regular admission price applies)
  • 3:15 p.m. -  4 p.m. "Trains Across America" by Theatre for Young America, free.
  • 4:30 p.m."The Union Station Story -- A One Woman Show," free

Regnier Extreme Screen Theatre

  • 11 a.m., 11:45 a.m., 1:45 p.m., 5:15 p.m. Union Station 3-D Digital Show from Sept. 5
  • 12:30 p.m. "Meet the Past: Ernest Hemingway" premier – KCPT Program; Interview by Crosby Kemper, KC Public Library
  • 2:30 p.m. "Stitch in Time" documentary, with intro by Terrance O’Malley, author and filmmaker. Includes fashion show of Nelly Don dresses
  • 6 p.m. Union Station Massacre documentary by Terence O'Malley

Model Rail Exhibit

Open all day 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Science City / Planetarium

  • 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Special pricing: Family four-pack for $19.14 or $6/person for entrance to Science City and one Planetarium show
  • 11 a.m. Saturday Walk-Up Workshop: Constructing Union Station (Maze Park)
  • 12 p.m. Saturday Science Demo: Just Like Clockwork (Near Historic Clock)
  • 1 p.m. Saturday Science Lab: Dissecting a Shark (Demo Area)
  • 2 p.m. Saturday Spark!Lab: Grab Bag (Spark!Lab)
  • 3 p.m. Saturday Maker Activity: Make a Centennial Toy (Maker Studio)
  • 4 p.m. – Saturday Science Stage Show (Volts & Jolts (Maze Park)

Bank of America Exhibit Gallery

10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Xtreme BUGS (Regular ticket prices apply)

Centennial Swing Dance

Free event. $5/person donation suggested to go toward Building Preservation Fund Cash bar and food concessions available.

  • 5:45 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. Victor & Penny, 1920s-30s period entertainment
  • 6 - 10 p.m.  Dave Stephens Band and Lonnie McFadden
  • 6:15 - 7 p.m. Dance Lessons by Amy Castro, Overland Park Ballroom and Social Club
  • 7:15 p.m. The Swingsters from the Allegro Ballroom (short performance)
  • 8 p.m. Costume Contest

SUNDAY NOVEMBER 2

New 100 Year History Exhibit

All day: Free, permanent, culturally diverse history exhibit of Union Station by Eisterhold Associates with mobile app by VML for virtual tour of the Station. Mezzanine Levels 2 and 3 in Grand Hall

Amtrak Exhibit Train Tours

11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Lines form inside of Sprint Festival Plaza

Regnier Extreme Screen Theatre

  • 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Kansas City Chiefs vs. New York Jets pre-game festivities and game broadcast. Free, but reserved seating will apply. Concessions and cash bar outside of theater.

Sprint Festival Plaza

  • 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. KC’s Biggest Yoga Gathering. Join Kate Lindholm and Lululemon Athletica for this special yoga class gathering. Registration begins at 9 a.m.
  • 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sprint Festival Plaza Stage: 100th Anniversary Performance Showcase featuring youth performance troupes (SFP stage, Chamber Board Room, City Stage and Science City).
  • Noon - 4 p.m. Free family activities including face painting, balloon animals, and silhouettes. LEGOLand, SeaLife, photo booth, Science City, Science Pioneers, and other activity booths.
  • Noon - 4 p.m. Actors in period clothing tell chapters of the Union Station story.

Science City/Planetarium

  • 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. FREE to public (up to capacity of 1,000 guests)
  • 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Science City/Planetarium special pricing: Family four-pack for $19.14 or $6/person

Science City Centennial Family Day

  • 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. (on the half hour) Youth performers in Maze Park
  • Noon Grab Bag Inventing (Spark!Lab)
  • 12 p.m. Saturday Science Demo: Just Like Clockwork (Near Historic Clock)
  • 1 p.m. Make a Centennial Toy (Maker Studio)
  • 2 p.m. Volts & Jolts Science Stage Show (Maze Park)
  • 3 p.m. Nerdy Derby (Near Science on a Sphere)
  • 4 p.m. Just Like Clockwork (Science City Entrance by the Historic Clock)

H&R Block City Stage

  • 11 a.m. Youth Performances
  • 1 p.m. - 2 p.m. Youth Performances
  • 2 p.m. - 3 p.m. "Trains Across America" by Theatre for Young America
  • 3 p.m. - 4 p.m. Youth Performances
  • 4 p.m. "The Union Station Story -- A One Woman Show"

Bank of America Exhibit Gallery

10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Xtreme BUGS (regular ticket rates apply)

Harvey's Restaurant

Open for brunch

Pierpont's Restaurant

Open for brunch

MORE INFORMATION

Centennial Celebration issue of On Track

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Open House Weekend Overview

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Mike Shanin interviews George Guastello on KCPT's Ruckus

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KANSAS CITY CELEBRATES AT THE STATION

September 5 Highlights

 

“The Monument Comes Alive” is the breathtaking digital show created by Quixotic, Bazillion Pictures and BIC Media, that transformed Union Station into a 3D, mind-blowing masterpiece during the kickoff to the Celebration of the Century marking Union Station's Centennial on Sept. 5. We're excited to be able to share the original production video - uploaded in HD for your full screen viewing pleasure! You can also visit our Youtube page to see various videos we've re-shared capturing both the digital show and fireworks finale. 

What a Night! Recent Press Coverage

About Union Station
Kansas City’s Favorite Landmark
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On October 30, 2014, Union Station Kansas City will celebrate its 100th Anniversary. This majestic landmark opened and was dedicated on October 30, 1914. During its opening ceremony, Union Station was heralded as one of the most beautiful train stations in the country and that tradition continues today. Union Station is still considered one of the top 23 train stations in the country. read more

Union Station became the region's transportation hub for decades, serving as the gateway to the West for many people traveling through and moving to other parts of the country. It also was the station where the greatest number of soldiers traveled through on their way to or way home from World Wars I & II. Union Station has been Kansas City’s favorite landmark for decades. During the 1960s and 1970s when train traveled declined and the Station fell into disrepair, citizens from across the region came together to save and restore this historic monument. In 1996, a historic short-term bi-state tax, along with federal dollars and private donations, raised the funds to fully restore the station to its original beauty. Union Station re-opened on November 10, 1999.

Today, Union Station is a thriving civic center for Kansas City, featuring many special attractions and as the host site for big community events, festivals, business and education forums. It also is one of the favorite destinations for visitors and residents. Union Station will celebrate its Centennial Anniversary with a number of special events the weekend of October 30 – November 2, 2014. Details are still being finalized for these events, and will be announced soon. See the full history in the timeline.

Become a supporter
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Union Station depends on the gracious and generous support of donors to keep the Station operating at its best. During this Centennial Year, we offer a special opportunity for individuals and families to become a Centennial Supporter. For a $100 fully tax-deductible donation, you will receive:

  • Commemorative Centennial Supporter Certificate and a historic image of Union Station suitable for framing
  • Recognition as a Centennial Supporter on Union Station’s 100th Anniversary website
  • Recognition in the Union Station On Track magazine 100th Anniversary commemorative edition
  • Invitations to Centennial Supporter Previews to the special 100th Anniversary history exhibits that will be featured in 2014
  • Invitation to attend a Union Station History tour, offered at various times throughout 2014
  • 100% Tax-Deductible Donation
Donate Online Now

Or if you prefer, send a check for $100 made out to Union Station Kansas City to:

Union Station Kansas City
30 W. Pershing Road, Suite 400
Kansas City, MO 64108

Please note: Write "Centennial Supporter" in memo line of your check

List of Supporters

Centennial Celebration Sponsorship
Become a 100th Anniversary Partner with union station
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Union Station has a number of Centennial Celebration sponsorship available for organization to help support special Centennial events that will be hosted at Union Station during the fall of 2014.

See the full list of opportunities here.

We invite individuals and organizations to partner with Union Station in this special Centennial Celebration.

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Centennial Celebration Leadership
For more information on these sponsorship opportunities, please contact:

Union Station Kansas City, Inc.
30 W. Pershing Road, Suite 400
Kansas City, MO 64108
816-460-2000

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Kansas City Celebrates
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Centennial Hotel Special

The Westin has teamed up with Union Station to help celebrate 100 years of history with a $100 rate for Union Stations Centennial Celebration! Click below for more details and book your room now!

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PRESS INFO

Get event information and details about Union Station's 100 year anniversary in our special FLIPBOOK.

DOWNLOAD A COLLECTION of press-quality contemporary and historical photos (50.4mb zip file).

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Kansas City Celebrates at the Station - Fact Sheet

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