Poindexter Descendants Association presents:

The Poindexter Family Reunion

Banner showing photos of water park and Kansas City

June 20 - 23, 2013

Kansas City, Missouri


Go to the Reunion Home Page, meet your host.

 

The Reunion Agenda, what's happening and when.

 

Registration Information and Form

 

Reunion Hotel Information, special rates and directions.

 

Directions to the Hotel

 

History of the area, side trips, things to do while here.


Your Hosts for 2013:

Photo of Mark Poole

Mark Poole, Chair
Home:573-696-0507
Cell: 573-819-5441
markp.vfrpilot@gmail.com

Janice Poole
Home:573-696-0507
jm_poole@yahoo.com

Ron Poindexter
Home:816-356-8927
ronaldpoindexter@att.net

 

Things to Do On Your Own
and With Your Family

Come early for an extended vacation
with your kids or grand kids!

Please let Mark know if you are arriving early so they can have your welcome package ready with maps and other local information. They can also help coordinate between your group and other early arrivals for spending a day together touring. For a head start, here are some of the attractions and visitor information:

Local Visitor Bureau:

Mobile App:

  • VisitKC: This app helps you keep track of all things Kansas City. Download this free app to browse events, coupons, maps and more, plus access local information and reviews of Kansas City hotels, restaurants and things to do. For iPhone and Android. www.visitkc.com/getting-around/mobile-apps/index.aspx

Fun For the Kids! OK, fun for the adults too!

  • Worlds of Fun/Oceans of Fun amusement park: Kansas City’s only theme park for all ages.  Spend the day and enjoy the rides!  Located at 4545 Worlds of Fun Avenue off of I-435 at exit 54.  Admission is $44.99 per person, $34.99 for Worlds of Fun (three day advance purchase). www.worldsoffun.com
  • Toy & Miniature Museum of Kansas City: A 38-room house that boasts the largest collection of nostalgic toys, fine-scale miniatures and marbles in the Midwest. The young and young-at-heart will be whisked back in time through displays of the toys that defined generations. This magical journey through the evolution of childhood also offers a glimpse into values and virtues of various cultures and times. Located at 5235 Oak St.  Open Wednesday – Saturday 10 to 4 and Sunday’s 1 to 4 pm.  $7.00 for adults, $6.00 for senior. www.toyandminiaturemuseum.org
  • Union Station: Railroad history, science center, planetarium, and more. There is a lot of things to do here, here are two examples:
    • KC Rail Experience: A hands-on journey through the exciting history of the American railroad. Witness the tradition of travel that united Americans from coast to coast, shaping the destiny of the Kansas City region and the nation as a whole. Experience sights and sounds from the golden age of rail travel in this permanent addition to Union Station. Personal histories, vintage rail cars and unique artifacts bring to life a great American tradition. www.unionstation.org/railexperience.html
    • Science City at Union Station:- A place for kids (and adults) to explore, experiment and discover.  A fun place to use your imagination! www.sciencecity.com
  • Kansas City Zoo:  Want to see some animals from all over the world while your in town?  Come to the zoo!  Located at 6800 Zoo Dr.  About a 10 minute drive from the hotel. www.kansascityzoo.org
  • Crown Center: Award-winning youth-oriented shows at The Coterie Theatre and innovative shows at the Off Center Theatre. The center also hosts free activities, such as children's exhibits, puppet shows and the Crayola Christmas Land. From lionfish to LEGOs, the three-level Crown Center Shops feature more than 60 shops and restaurants. Eating options range from a burger spot where meals are delivered by miniature train to the city's only Forbes Four-Star dining experience, The American Restaurant. Shopaholics are drawn to the unique specialty stores, headlined by Halls Crown Center. Theatre goers can choose from Broadway-style productions at the American Heartland Theatre. www.crowncenter.com
  • Kids Guide to Fun: An online web site with things to do and places to eat in KC with your kids or grand kids. www.kckidsfun.com

Local Restaurants, Shopping:

  • Ameristar Casino: Home to Missouri’s largest casino floor and home to nine restaurants, a luxury hotel and 18 movie screens. Located at 3200 North Ameristar Dr. in Kansas City.  www.ameristar.com/Kansas_City.aspx
  • Country Club Plaza: Designed in 1922, you will see 15 blocks of shopping and restaurants makes this attraction one of Kansas City’s premier retail, dining and entertainment areas.  Beautiful area with numerous fountains.  www.countryclubplaza.com 

Genealogist's Destinations:

  • Midwest Genealogical Library: located at 3440 S. Lee’s Summit Road in Independence Mo.  Home to almost three-quarter of a million on site materials related to family history.  The library also has available Microfilm, microfiche records and Reference book collections.  Visit their web site at www.mymcpl.org/genealogy
  • National Archives at Kansas City, Missouri: Records from Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska. www.archives.gov/central-plains/kansas-city

Art Centers, Aquariums:

  • Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art: Expose yourself to a large collection of modern and contemporary art. Address is 4420 Warwick Blvd and opens at 10 am.  Free to the public. www.kemperart.org
  • Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art: Home to over 33,500 items from ancient Egypt to modern art.  The museum is located at 4525 Oak St and will be open Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm.  Admission is free.  www.nelson-atkins.org
  • Crossroads Arts District: If you’re looking for an eclectic gathering place, head to the Crossroads! This area has recently undergone an amazing transformation. Once-vacant buildings now house unique shops, restaurants and a thriving art scene. www.kccrossroads.org
  • Crown Center: From lionfish to LEGOs, the three-level Crown Center Shops feature more than 60 shops and restaurants. Eating options range from a burger spot where meals are delivered by miniature train to the city's only Forbes Four-Star dining experience, The American Restaurant. Shopaholics are drawn to the unique specialty stores, headlined by Halls Crown Center. Theatre goers can choose from Broadway-style productions at the American Heartland Theatre, award-winning youth-oriented shows at The Coterie Theatre and innovative shows at the Off Center Theatre. The center also hosts free activities, such as children's exhibits, puppet shows and the Crayola Christmas Land. www.crowncenter.com
  • Ten Must-See Artworks in KC: With three great museums in the Kansas City metro to choose from, it’s hard to know where to begin. Here’s your list of 10 Must-See Artworks to get you started. Whether you’re an art aficionado or a casual viewer, you’re sure to love these beloved artworks. www.visitkc.com/things-to-do/arts-and-culture/10-must-see-artworks-in-kc

Sports:

  • Kauffman Stadium: Home of the Kansas City Royals. here could just be a game in town, have to wait for the 2013 schedule to be announced. www.kansascity.royals.mlb.com/kc/ballpark/tours
  • Arrowhead Stadium: Home of the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League. Though football season will be all but memories in June, you can still tour the stadium. www.goarrowhead.com/tours

Museums, Archives, Historic Sites:

  • National World War l Museum: One of the largest collections of World War One items in the nation.  On the lower level is a research library for those of you wanting to do some research or browse the gift shop for a large selection of books about the Great War.  Admission is $12.00. It is located at 1 Memorial Dr.  Open Tuesday-Sunday 10 am to 5 pm. www.theworldwar.org/s/110/new/index_community.aspx
  • The Civil War in Kansas City and Missouri: Not actually a location to visit, this web page gives a summary of the war in the area. Additional links given at the bottom of the page for Civil War buffs. www.visitkc.com/this-is-kansas-city/the-civil-war-kc
  • Toy & Miniature Museum of Kansas City: A 38-room house that boasts the largest collection of nostalgic toys, fine-scale miniatures and marbles in the Midwest. The young and young-at-heart will be whisked back in time through displays of the toys that defined generations. This magical journey through the evolution of childhood also offers a glimpse into values and virtues of various cultures and times. Located at 5235 Oak St.  Open Wednesday – Saturday 10 to 4 and Sunday’s 1 to 4 pm.  $7.00 for adults, $6.00 for senior. www.toyandminiaturemuseum.org
  • Steamboat Arabia Museum: Built in 1853, the Arabia sunk and was lost to the mighty Missouri River a few years later.  But after 132 years of being buried in silt and mud, the boat’s site was found and excavated along with its large amount of cargo it was carrying. The museum is located at 400 Grand Blvd and is open Monday –Saturday 10 to 5:30 pm,  Sunday noon to 5 pm.  Admission is $14.50 per adult. www.1856.com
  • West Port Plaza - Historical area of Kansas City.  With the four trails starting east of Westport, this was an area where outfitters and other traders sold their goods to the travelers heading west by wagon train.  Today this area has restaurants, various shops and pubs.  Famous mountain man Jim Bridger’s farm was near Westport.  Westport is just north of Country Club Plaza. www.westportkc.com
  • John Wornall House Museum: When you step inside, you enter another century. In 1858 Kentuckian John B. Wornall built this elegant home in the Greek Revival style. Accurately restored to the period, its interior spaces and authentic furnishings demonstrate why the house was called "the most pretentious house" in the section. The Civil War battle of Westport was nearby. www.wornallhouse.org
  • Thomas Hart Benton Home and Studio Historic Site: This wonderful house was once home for the famous painter, sculptor, writer and lecturer. Address is 3616 Belleview.  Hours are 10 am to 4 pm. $4.00 for adults. www.mostateparks.com/park/thomas-hart-benton-home-and-studio-state-historic-site     
  • Negro Leagues Baseball Museum: Founded in 1990, the museum preserves the rich history of African-American Baseball. www.nlbm.com
  • KC Rail Experience: A hands-on journey through the exciting history of the American railroad. Witness the tradition of travel that united Americans from coast to coast, shaping the destiny of the Kansas City region and the nation as a whole. Experience sights and sounds from the golden age of rail travel in this permanent addition to Union Station. Personal histories, vintage rail cars and unique artifacts bring to life a great American tradition. www.unionstation.org/railexperience.html
  • Shoal Creek Living History Museum: Go back in time to see what it was like to live in Missouri back in the 1800’s in this village of more than 20 authentic 19th century buildings. The buildings date from 1807-1885 and include log cabin and clapboard structures to an antebellum brick mansion home. The 1800s come alive at this living history museum. Events, programs & tours available by appointment. In a municipal park open daily. Grounds available for weddings and picnics. Programs for youth groups and one-room school. Located at 7000 Northeast Barry Road in Kansas City.  Admission is $5.00 per person. www.shoalcreeklivinghistorymuseum.com
  • Harry S Truman National Historic Site: This Victorian mansion built in 1885 by Bess Truman's grandfather, served as the Summer White House during Harry Truman's administration as well as his home from his marriage to Bess in 1919 until his death in 1972. Tickets on first-come first-served basis at Visitor Center, Main St. & Truman Rd. in Independence. Arrive early, as tickets tend to sell out. No advance reservations. Tours start every 15 minutes from Memorial Day-Labor Day, every 1/2 hour rest of year and are limited to 8 people. Admission $4, children 15 and under are free. Operated by the National Park Service. The Truman Farm Home in Grandview is part of this national park. www.nps.gov/hstr
  • Harry S. Truman Presidential Library: Located at 500 W. U.S. Highway 24 in Independence MO.  It is one of thirteen presidential libraries administered by the National Archives and Records Administration.  Visit the web site at www.trumanlibrary.org
  • The Historic City Market: In operation since 1857, the City Market is the largest farmers’ market in the region with an annual attendance of nearly 600,000 per year and bursting with more than 140 farmer stalls. www.thecitymarket.org
  • American Jazz Museum: If you love music, this is the place to go.  Not only is it a museum, but the museum also hosts live performances.  Open 9 am to 6pm.  Admission is $8.00 per person. www.americanjazzmuseum.com
  • American Royal Museum: An interactive museum geared towards Agriculture and livestock industries.  Come see the exhibits!  www.americanroyal.com
  • Hallmark Visitors Center: Located at 2450 Grand Blvd (address to their parking garage) Once inside, you will discover the Hallmark story with exhibits on the famous Hallmark products.  www.hallmarkvisitorscenter.com
  • The Money Museum: Have you ever seen a Federal Reserve Bank?  The museum offers a wealth of opportunities to explore the nation’s financial system and the function of the Federal Reserve System.  The museum is located within walking distance to the National WWI Museum.  Located at 1 Memorial Dr.  www.kansascityfed.org

Regional Attractions within Driving Distance:

  • Shawnee Indian Mission in Fairway Kansas: Shawnee Indians, along with many other eastern tribes, were moved to present-day Kansas in the 1820s and 1830s. Upon relinquishing their lands in the East, Shawnees received a large tract of land (about 1.6 million acres) west of Missouri in an area sometimes called the Great American Desert. www.kshs.org/p/shawnee-indian-mission-about/11914
  • Shawnee Town in Shawnee Kansas: An active, fun place where visitors of all ages learn what it was like to live in Shawnee, Kansas in 1929. Engaging and thoughtful tours, exhibits and programs will allow visitors to experience a typical day in and around the farm town of Shawnee in 1929. www.shawneetown.org
  • Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm in Olathe, KS: The Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Historic Site is the last remaining stagecoach stop open to the public on the Santa Fe Trail.  The historic site offers a unique hands-on experience for visitors of all ages focusing on 1860s farming, stagecoach operations and westward expansion. www.olatheks.org/mahaffie/about

 

 

 

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