Overnight Trip to Bethany, MO and Conception Abbey
Event Sponsors: Historic Kansas City Foundation, A Touch of Distinction
Please join the Historic Kansas City Foundation for an overnight “mini vacation” and once in a lifetime educational experience. The group will travel by bus and tour an Antebellum farmhouse in Bethany, MO, tour of the Basilica and Printery House of Conception Abbey, listen to Vespers with the Monks, and relax for an afternoon in Weston, MO.
The cost is $150 for a shared room and $185 for a single room. The group will be housed in Conception Abbey. The cost of the trip includes all transportation, tours and meals except for lunch, dinner and special activities on Sunday.
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9 a.m. Leave Kauffman Gardens by motorcoach, pass nature conservancy where bison were reintroduced
11 a.m. Tour c.1857 Antebellum farmhouse, break into workshops
1 p.m. Box lunch picnic on grounds
2 p.m. Arrive at Conception Abbey
3 p.m. Tour Printery House
4 p.m. Tour Basilica
5:15 p.m. Attend Sung Vespers with the Monks
5:45 p.m. Dinner
7:45 p.m. Presentation on monastic life in America
Wine and cheese
8 a.m. Board motorcoach
8:30 a.m. Optional mass at Clyde Convent and gift shop
11:30 a.m. Arrive in Weston, MO
Afternoon activities and shopping
6 p.m. Arrive Legacy Park
Historical Information and Background:
1856-Historic Slatten/Dale Residence: The home, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is one of the few remaining Italianate designed farm houses in the state. At the time of its construction Abraham Lincoln was president. The house had not been lived in since the 1940s until renovation began in 2005. The only thing that kept the house standing was its sturdy construction and the new roofs provided by the builder’s descendants. Due to the exemplary restoration the home won a Preservation Award from the Missouri Alliance for Historic Preservation in 2010. The Dale family are allowing this once in a lifetime open house at their home. The group will also tour a replica barn and a 3 story carriage house.
Conception Abbey and Clyde Convent: In 1873 the Benedictine Monastery at Engelberg, Switzerland gave permission to found an American Monastery. Shortly thereafter the monks began construction of a large abbey church as a center of their community called Conception. After a tornado struck the church in the 1880s, artist Lucas Etlin, a monk of the Abbey, began paintings in the rebuilt structure. Paintings done in the Beuronese style were executed on the walls and ceilings of the church followed by stenciled borders and a gold star lit sky on the ceiling above. There are approximately 60 paintings in the church.
A mile away is the Benedictine Convent of Clyde. Here walls are lined with mosaic images of Christ, angels and saints along with colorful and detailed stenciling. The altars are from Italy, the windows from Austria, and the wood carvings are from Germany. The relic chapel houses hundreds of relics of saints, a splinter of the true cross and hand stitched liturgical vestments.