Keynote Scholars

Henry Adams is an endowed professor in the Department of Art History at Case Western Reserve University and a specialist in American Art. He has served as curator, director, or interim director at numerous museums, including the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh; the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City; the Cleveland Museum of Art; the Cummer Museum of Art in Jacksonville, Florida; and the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City. Adams has published widely, principally on American artists of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and has curated several major traveling exhibitions. In partnership with Ken Burns, he produced a documentary on Thomas Hart Benton.

Keith Eggener taught modern architecture and American art at Carleton College, the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, and the University of Missouri, before joining the University of Oregon as an endowed chair in 2013. He is the author of Luis Barragán’s Gardens of El Pedregal and Cemeteries, as well as numerous articles and book chapters on Mexican and US art, architecture, landscape, urban design, and material culture. He also edited the collection American Architectural History: A Contemporary Reader and has been on the editorial staffs of American Studies Journal, the 60-volume Buildings of the United States series, and the online journal Places, for which he is a columnist. Currently, he is editor-in-chief for the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians. Ongoing projects include a monograph on the early twentieth century Kansas City architect Louis Curtiss and a collection of essays on built environments of the American Midwest.

Sandra Enríquez is an assistant professor of history, director of the public history emphasis, and an affiliated faculty member in the Latinx and Latin American Studies Program at UMKC. Dr. Enríquez is a social historian of modern United States history with particular research and teaching interests in Chicanx and Latinx history, urban history, borderlands, social movements, and public history. She is currently working on a manuscript project that examines grassroots preservation efforts to keep an El Paso, Texas, Mexican American neighborhood from the bulldozer. Dr. Enríquez is the director of the Latinx KC Oral History Project and the co-editor of a forthcoming digital project on Kansas City activism, as well as co-curator for an exhibit that commemorates the centennial of Kansas City’s Guadalupe Centers. She is a native of Ciudad Juárez, México.

Chuck Haddix is the director of the Marr Sound Archives at UMKC, producer and host of the Fish Fry on the local NPR station, co-author with Frank Driggs of Kansas City Jazz: From Ragtime to Bebop, and author of Bird: The Life and Music of Charlie Parker. He is a leading expert on the Kansas City style of jazz. At the Marr Sound Archives, Haddix is responsible for the preservation of over 350,000 historic sound recordings.

John Herron is the executive director of the Kansas City Public Library. Formerly a professor of history and interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at UMKC, he is a scholar of nineteenth century America, with a research focus in Western history and environmental studies. His current projects explore the cultural and environmental history of Kansas City and the American Midwest. He co-edited Wide-Open Town: Kansas City in the Pendergast Era and is completing a co-edited collection of essays on the environmental history of Kansas City called Heartland Green.

Jeffrey Pasley is a professor of history and journalism, as well as the associate director of the Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy at the University of Missouri. He is the author of the award-winning books, “The Tyranny of Printers”: Newspaper Politics in the Early American Republic, and The First Presidential Contest: The Election of 1796 and the Beginnings of American Democracy. Before entering academia, he worked as a reporter-researcher for The New Republic and as a speechwriter for Al Gore’s 1988 presidential campaign.

William (Bill) Worley has lived with Kansas City history for over 40 years. Among his published works are: J.C. Nichols and the Shaping of Kansas City, Legacy of the Santa Fe Trail with artist Gil Rumsey, The Plaza: First and Always, and Kansas City: Rise of a Regional Metropolis. He is on the faculty at Metropolitan Community College and gives historic and architectural tours of Kansas City.

Project Team

Program Director and Lead Scholar — Diane Mutti Burke is a professor and chair of the History Department at UMKC, as well as director of the UMKC Center for Midwestern Studies. She is the author of On Slavery’s Border: Missouri’s Small- Slaveholding Households, 1820-1865. She is working to facilitate new historical research on the Kansas City region through organizing symposia and co-editing volumes, including: Bleeding Kansas, Bleeding Missouri: The Long Civil War on the Border and Wide-Open Town: Kansas City in the Pendergast Era. She regularly shares her scholarship with public audiences and frequently consults with cultural organizations on regional history related public programming. She will serve as the on-site facilitator. 

Program Administrative Assistant — Hannah Hohenstein-Flack is the administrative assistant for UMKC’s Department of History. She will handle communications with workshop participants and manage the financial aspects of the grant.

Historical Content Expert and Workshop Coordinator — Jason Roe is digital history specialist at the Kansas City Public Library, and content manager and editor for the websites, The Pendergast Years: Kansas City in the Jazz Age and Great Depression and Civil War on the Western Border: The Missouri-Kansas Conflict. He has deep knowledge of the archival resources related to the workshop and will serve as a historical consultant for Wide-Open Town Scholars throughout the week as they work on their lesson/project plans.

Workshop Coordinator — Mary Ann Wynkoop is the former director of the American Studies Program at UMKC. This will be her sixth Landmarks workshop. She will help to facilitate the workshop and serve as the point person for feedback from participants.  

Master Teacher — Dacia Rzchowski is a retired 38-year veteran teacher and a distinguished member of UMKC’s High School College Program faculty. She has attended many Landmarks workshops as a teacher and has joined the UMKC Landmarks staff as the master teacher five times in the past. She will create the lesson/project plan assignment and will consult with Wide-Open Town Scholars as they develop their lesson/project plans.

Museum Directors, Tour Guides, and Speakers

Raymond Doswell is the Curator/Education Director for the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum.

Angela Estep is the Director of The White House Decision Center and Mark Adams is the Education Director at the Truman Library.

Karen Griffin is the Director of Community Outreach and Public Programs, Geri Sanders is the Director of Collections, and Jayne McShannon Lewis is a Collections Associate at the American Jazz Museum.

David LaCrone is the Digital Branch Manager at the Kansas City Public Library.

James McGee is the Program Director and James Hathaway is the President of the Mutual Musicians Foundation.

Cris Medina is the Chief Executive Officer and Alyx Bartrom is the Director of Fund Development and Marketing at the Guadalupe Centers.

Steve Sitton is the Historic Site Administrator of the Thomas Hart Benton State Historic Site.

Lora Vogt is the Curator of Education and Cherie Kelly is the School Programs Manager at the National World War I Museum and Memorial.

Carmaletta Williams is the Executive Director of the Black Archives of Mid-America.