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In 2017 the Kansas City Museum opened the Kansas City Museum at the Historic Garment District (KCM@HGD), a special exhibition and programming space located at 800 Broadway Blvd. on the first floor of the historic 800 Broadway Building at 8th St. and Broadway Blvd. in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. The KCM@HGD provides 3,300 square feet for exhibitions, programs, and events, and it is adjacent to Garment District Place Park. In addition, the KCM@HGD is across the street from the Historic Garment District Museum, a 1,000 square-foot space located at 801 Broadway in the historic Poindexter Building at the northeast corner of 8th St. and Broadway Blvd.

The Kansas City Museum at the Historic Garment District (KCM@HGD) offers special exhibitions that display historical items from the Kansas City Museum’s collections and also present contemporary works by local fashion designers, entrepreneurs, and artists.

The Historic Garment District Museum continues to celebrate the people who worked in Kansas City’s Garment District by showcasing the companies for which they worked, the clothing they made, and the equipment they used. The Historic Garment District Museum displays 25-35 garments, that are changed seasonally, and demonstrate the variety of materials and styles of predominantly the 1940s through the 1970s. Both the Kansas City Museum at the Historic Garment District (KCM@HGD) and the Historic Garment District Museum are open Wednesday-Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

STREET ADDRESS
800 Broadway, Blvd. KCMO 64105. For admission to the Kansas City Museum at the Historic Garment District (KCM@HGD) or the Historic Garment District Museum, please enter at the KCM@HGD at 800 Broadway Blvd.

HOURS
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday

ADMISSION
General Admission to the Historic Garment District Museum is free. Special Exhibition Admission to the Kansas City Museum at the Historic Garment District (KCM@HGD) is $5 per person and free for children 12 and under as well as Museum Members at the Family Level. For information about booking group tours of six people or more, please contact Kate Warfield at katherine.warfield@kcmo.org.

PARKING
On Broadway Blvd., between 8th and 9th Streets, there is street parking as follows:

  • West side of Broadway Blvd., two-hour metered parking 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday-Friday;
  • East side of Broadway Blvd., two-hour metered parking 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday-Friday with no parking 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Monday-Friday;
  • West and East sides of Broadway Blvd., free street parking after 6:00 p.m. Monday-Friday and all day on Saturday and Sunday.

Also, on Bank St. and Washington St., there is free two-hour street parking 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday-Friday and free street parking after 6:00 p.m. Monday-Friday and all day on Saturday and Sunday.

OVERVIEW HGD
The Historic Garment District Museum was founded and opened in 2002 by Ann Brownfield and Harvey Fried. Kansas City’s Garment District (an area defined as between 6th and 11th Streets, and Washington and Wyandotte Streets) rose up around the wholesale business area of the City’s downtown after World War I and grew steadily to become, at its peak, one of the largest garment districts in the nation and the second largest industry and employer in Kansas City. The Garment District Collection collection highlights about a dozen companies that helped make up Kansas City’s Garment District. The Collection is comprised of more than 350 garments and accessories made by local companies from the 1920s through the 1970s, and includes numerous objects such as equipment and marketing pieces. In 2015 the City of Kansas City, Missouri Parks and Recreation Department, which operates and manages the Kansas City Museum, began to operate and manage the Historic Garment District Museum, and the Kansas City Museum acquired the Garment District Collection. The Garment District Collection of Kansas City-made garments and accessories allows the Kansas City Museum to add to its stellar collection of historical clothing, textiles, and costumes, which comprises more than 20,000 items in the Museum’s collection and is one of the best collections of its kind in the region. The Kansas City Museum at the Historic Garment District (KCM@HGD) and the Historic Garment District Museum are open to the public while the Kansas City Museum is under renovations and restorations. 


UPCOMING PUBLIC PROGRAMS & EVENTS AT THE KCM@HGD

 

Making A Splash!
Thursday, July 25
6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
800 Broadway Blvd.  
$7 per person, space is limited, RSVP here 

Let’s remember the refreshing coolness of jumping into a pool as we dive into all things SWIM related! From historic swimwear to local “swimming holes” of the past we will talk about how we dressed to cool down, worship the sun and socialize by the pool!

Andy Chambers of Wonderland Vintage will splash about in a pool of knowledge pertaining to how we have enjoyed a relaxing dip in various ways and how we looked doing it.

Free street meter parking after 6:00 p.m. For more information, please contact Programs Director, Paul Gutierrez at 816.513.0726 or paul.gutierrez@kcmo.org

Summer Twist
Saturday, July 27
1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
800 Broadway Blvd. 
$7 per person, space is limited, RSVP here 

Coinciding with Diving In! 100 Years of Swim Fashion, on view through September 21, 2019, and inspired by the c. 1960-1970’s men’s blue Tyvek swim trucks; Label: Marathon and the c. 1960-1980 wooden water skis with pink flamingo decal on display, we are partnering up with That’s Entertainment KC to offer this special public program.

Join us as you learn popular moves from the 1960’s, featured in films like Beach Blanket Bingo and dance halls across the nation. Shimmy, Twist, and Watusi with Ashley and Kenny Personett as they teach you each style and the history of how these steps became a part the American dance craze.

Attire: Comfortable attire, tennis shoes or sandals!

Free street meter parking on Saturdays. For more information, please contact Programs Director, Paul Gutierrez at 816.513.0726 or paul.gutierrez@kcmo.org


CURRENT EXHIBITION AT THE KCM@HGD

Diving In! 100 Years of Swim Fashion
On View May 25, 2019 through September 21, 2019
800 Broadway Blvd.
$5 per person

Summer is almost upon us—mowing lawns, backyard barbeques, and no school! It’s also time for swimming, and the Kansas City Museum has in its historic clothing collection numerous examples of what we’ve worn over the past 100 years. How did we go from bathing suits to swimsuits? Where did we swim? From modest to bold, who we are is reflected in what we wear—even in swimwear.

Diving In:100 Years of Swim Fashion, the summer exhibition at the Kansas City Museum at the Historic Garment District, located at 800 Broadway Blvd., plans to answer these questions—and more—as it shows off swimming attire for men, women, and children. In addition, we’ll be looking at several favorite “swimming holes” from the past to the present, their history and sometimes their controversy.


PAST EVENTS AT THE KCM@HGD

Beach Blanket Bingo with Donna’s Dress Shop
Saturday, July 13
11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
800 Broadway Blvd. KCMO
Free RSVP, space is limited

Coinciding with Diving In! 100 Years of Swim Fashion join us for Beach Blanket Bingo!
Donna’s Dress Shop will have a small collection of 1960’s beach and vacation fashions on display. Inspired by Annette Funicello’s beach movies, this fun and bright collection will be at 800 Broadway Blvd for the event.

Eboni Fondren will be serving as your host! Dynamic vocalist and entertainer Eboni, brings passion and excitement whenever she takes the stage. Her precise readings of jazz standards, which she seasons with a dash of R&B, fill a room with energy and delight. With a smooth and sultry finish, audiences will be enchanted by her lyrical interpretation and ability to draw an audience in leaving them wanting more.

Bring your beach blankets, a picnic and let’s play some bingo! Free RSVP, $1 per game. Buy your bingo playing cards at the front desk. Free street meter parking on Saturdays.

Conversation with Kate Warfield, Collection Specialist
Saturday, June 22
11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
800 Broadway Blvd.

In conjunction with Diving In! 100 Years of Swim Fashion (On View through September 21, 2019), join curator Kate Warfield, Collection Specialist + Curator as she walks through “Diving In” and get a deeper story about artifacts in Diving In, why these pieces were chosen, and the stories behind them.

A brief question and answer session will follow, and ample time will be allowed to view the exhibition.

Crown Crafted Music Series with NuBlvckCity and Doja
Friday, April 26
6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
In partnership with One Kansas City Radio’s own Doja the Beat Connoisseur will bless the opening set with a live DJ set that will be music candy to hip hop heads, beat junkies and those looking for the Future Nostalgia. NuBlvckCity is a Kansas City-based music collective that combines Soul, Hip-Hop, Jazz, and R&B with live looping, an electric performance, and storytelling. Members include (pictured above), Kartez Marcel (Vox, Keys, Sounds); Mae C (Vox); Sauce (vox), and VP3 (Sax).

Pop-Up Yoga with Lauren Leduc 
Saturday, April 20
1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
800 Broadway Blvd. KCMO 64105

A special treat in a beautiful space. Bring your mat for an all-levels practice with Lauren Leduc. Enter a raffle for 2-GA tickets to The Derby Party, a themed fundraiser, on May 4th, $5 per ticket!

Dressing Up In Black Culture: From the 1920’s to Now
Saturday, March 30
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
800 Broadway Blvd. KCMO 64105
$7 per person, space is limited

Join us for a trip down memory lane centered around “dressing up” and the African American aesthetic. “Correct” dress was especially important when “stepping out” for social occasions within the African American community, a practice that continues today. A special look will be given to the periods of The Harlem Renaissance and The Black Arts Movement. Attendees are encouraged to bring photographs and share notable memories.

Hosts: Ramona Davis of R/E Davis & Company and The Arts Committee of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Beta Omega Chapter.  Light refreshments provided.

Gowns: unique and unusual
March 21, 2019
6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
800 Broadway Blvd. KCMO 64105
$7 per person, space is limited

Historical fashion enthusiast and vintage purveyor/collector Andrew Chambers will discuss gowns with unique designs, unusual details and those that conceal secrets! From Hollywood archives to historical fashions.

Free reception with Andrew Chambers from 6:30-7:00 p.m. Free street meter parking after 6:00 p.m.

Flaunting Fabulous Frocks: A High Fashion Show & Tell
Saturday, March 9
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
800 Broadway Blvd. KCMO 64105
$7 per person, space is limited

Sometimes as we get caught up in the hustle and bustle of daily life it’s nice to take a break and look back. Please join us along with DeDe Deville as we look back at some gowns from the history of Kansas City and things we enjoyed as children. We used to love to dress up and show and tell so we are having an evening combining those things.

Wear your favorite piece of evening wear or designer clothing and get a private tour of the gown collection followed by a show and tell about our love of clothes.

Free reception with DeDe Deville from 6:00-7:15 p.m. Free meter parking on Saturdays.

Ain’t Misbehavin
Saturday, February 23, 2019
1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
800 Broadway Blvd. KCMO 64105
$10 per person, space is limited

Coinciding with Dressing Up in Kansas City: Dressed to the Nines, on view through April 6, 2019, and inspired by the 1926 Isaac Rubin’s gown on display, we are partnering up with That’s Entertainment KC to offer this special event in the Historic Garment District.
Join us as you learn the basic steps of the Charleston, a classic 1920’s dance. Characterized by a sense of abandon, pleasure, and gaiety, it is considered one of the greatest dances of the era and a major contribution to American dance. No partner required.

Free reception after the class with Ashley and Kenny Personett of That’s Entertainment KC.

Gowns: form, function, and fun. From traditional to outrages, the historical significance of gowns
Thursday, February 21, 2019
6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
800 Broadway Blvd. KCMO 64105
Suggested donation of $5 per person, space is limited, RSVP required

Historical fashion enthusiast and vintage purveyor/collector Andrew Chambers will discuss the historical importance of gowns even as they apply to our lives today. From the court gowns of the 17th century to modern wedding traditions, we will explore why gowns are significant to social position, political position and everyday life.
Free reception with Andrew Chamber.