Midwest Genealogy Center Building

The Midwest Genealogy Center opened in June 2008. The largest free-standing public genealogy library in the United States boasts 52,000 square feet of resources for family history researchers.

The Story of the Buffalo Soldiers

Experience the history of the African American Buffalo Soldiers, and discover how they distinguished themselves from the American frontier to the battlefields of World War II.

Forgotten Warriors: The Role of the American Indian in Civil War Trans-Mississippi

Historian Arnold Schofield chronicles the role of Indian tribes played on both sides of the Civil War in the Midwest.

Blue Springs Connections to its Early History

Re-enactor Barbara Hughes portrays Rhoda Harris, who settled with her husband, William, in the Blue Springs area in 1832.

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The Bus Stops Here!

The Metro has added a bus stop at the Midwest Genealogy Center!  The new Metro #286-Silver Route provides Tuesday and Thursday service from five other points in Independence, including the Independence MetroCenter, Olde Oak Tree Apartments, Noland Road & 39th, Social Security Administration, and Centerpoint Medical Center. Transfer options are available at the Independence MetroCenter, at the #284-Purple Route at 35th & Noland Rd. (Old Oak Tree Apartments), and at the #183-Green Route at Centerpoint.

Narcissa Whitman, Pioneer Missionary

Barbara Hughes began her presentation by personifying Narcissa Whitman. “Narcissa” commenced by explaining how she was called into missionary work in 1835, and then met and married Dr. Marcus Whitman. The Whitmans, along with Henry and Eliza Spalding, traveled to Fort Walla Walla in what is now known as Washington State. Through the slide presentation, as well as the information and descriptions given by Mrs. Hughes and “Narcissa,” the audience followed Narcissa from her missionary calling to the tragic Whitman Massacre.

U. S. Revolutionary War Flags

On display at the Midwest Genealogy Center is a collection of replica Revolutionary War flags courtesy of the Kansas City Chapter, Missouri Society of the Sons of the Revolution and the Harry S. Truman Chapter of the Missouri Society, Sons of the American Revolution. Stars and Stripes, the Grand Ole Flag, the Star-Spangled Banner or whatever you call it, the thirteen stripes and fifty stars we know today is not the flag the country used during its battle for freedom. In the Revolutionary War, each colony, each military unit, had its own flag.

Leila’s Hair Museum

The Midwest Genealogy Center has many displays of various types, and there is always something new to see there. Right now you can see a sampling of hair wreaths from Leila’s Hair Museum. The museum, which is located on Noland Road in Independence, Missouri, boasts well over 100 hair wreaths, as well as an assortment of jewelry and other artifacts that are made of, or at least contain, human hair.

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