Wide-Open Town: Kansas City in the Jazz Age and Great Depression





June 20-25, 2021; July 18-23, 2021 Length: 1 Week


Summer Program

Summer Program Type

Summer Program Audience




During the 1920s and 1930s, city leaders boasted of Kansas City’s economic and civic triumphs and culture flourished, yet these achievements occurred in a political, social, and economic landscape fraught with machine politics, vice, and long histories of people fighting for their rights and freedoms. Much of what played out in Kansas City is a reflection of the larger cultural and historical forces that shaped this era in U.S. history. This workshop will provide K-12 teachers with tools to devise fresh techniques for using historical sites and material culture to enable their students to engage with the past.

Project Director(s)

Diane Mutti Burke

Lecturers and Visiting Faculty

Henry Adams; Keith Eggener; Sandra Enríquez
Chuck Haddix; John Herron; Diane Mutti Burke
Jeffrey Pasley; Jason Roe; William Worley

Grantee Institution

University of Missouri-Kansas City