Walking Tour: Penn Valley Park and Liberty Memorial
Event Sponsors: National World War I Museum and Memorial
This summer HKC is again offering walking tours on the third Saturday of each month! These tours will offer an in depth look at parts of three parks in the Kansas City Parks & Boulevards System. Tours begin at 10am and last about 1.5 hours.
For this tour we are excited to be partnering with the National World War I Museum and Memorial to make this tour FREE for members of both Historic Kansas City and the Museum. To become a member please visit our membership page!
This tour has limited capacity so members are required to RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by Thursday August 18th. You will receive an email confirming your spot. Non members can purchase a ticket using the Paypal link until August 18th.
Penn Valley Park was one of the early major parks in the system. It was designed by George Kessler in 1898 to beautify the ugly ravines and gullies that criss-cross the hilly area. In 1921 the site for Liberty Memorial was dedicated in the park and the memorial was completed in 1926. We will walk around to the north side of the memorial to view the Great Frieze (1934), a feature many people have not seen up close. After the memorial was dedicated, the park became the home to two of Kansas City’s most iconic statues. We will hike over to see the famous Pioneer Mother sculpture (1927), located southwest of the Mall Drive. For those with more time, an optional feature will be to drive over and then take a short walk to see The Scout memorial (1922) on the western side of the park. We will begin in front of the Museum at the north end of the Mall Drive. Parking is located around the drive and in the parking lot to the west of the drive.