Workshop Details

Housing and Meals  

Housing is available at the Home2 Suites by Hilton Kansas City Downtown 
Address: 2001 Main Street, Kansas City, MO 64108 
Phone: 8169877300 
Fax: 8169877335  

A reservation link will be provided to participants. We have reserved a block of queen suite rooms at a rate of $124 per night.   

The hotel provides easy access to major attractions via the streetcar – Union Station, Kansas City Power and Light District, and the River Market area are all easily accessible.  

The hotel will provide complimentary breakfast. Each room comes with working wall with ergonomic deskfree WiFi, and in-suite kitchen with sink, dishwasher, microwave, full-sized refrigerator, cookware, plates, cups and utensils. The hotel also features: a fitness center, guest laundry facilities, heated indoor saline pool, 24-hour business services area, and lounge area.  

Please note: Participants are welcome to select a different housing option. However, they must be prepared to arrive at the day’s location at the scheduled start time. 

The meal fee of $75 includes 2 dinners, 1 lunch, and snacks. All participants will have this fee deducted from their stipend. Be sure to let us know if you have any dietary restrictions.  


Please be mindful of the workshop schedule when booking arrival and departure flights. We recommend booking your flight to arrive in Kansas City by 2 pm on Sunday and your return flight after 6 pm on Friday. 

The Kansas City International Airport (MCI) is located about 25 minutes from Kansas City’s downtown. 

We will provide a van transfer between the airport and hotel at specified times. The metro bus service, Super Shuttle, and taxicabs are also available as transportation options. 

Temperature and Clothing 

June and July temperatures in Kansas City are usually in the 80s and 90s during the day and the 60s and 70s in the evening. The humidity can be relatively high. Bring clothes and shoes that are comfortable for walking. 


Wide-Open Town Scholars will be expected to read the assigned materials before coming to Kansas City. The readings will provide a historical framework for understanding the topics addressed during the workshop. These materials will be provided on a password protected page of the Wide-Open Town website or mailed to participants in early May. 

Lesson Plan or Project Assignment

One of the main objectives of the Wide-Open Town workshop is to use the information and experience acquired in order to produce classroom materials that will be useful to participants, their students, and other educators. To this end we require that each participant create and share lesson plans or educational projects that use documents and/or concepts learned during the workshop week. With the permission of the creator, selected lesson plans/projects will be made available on this website and on the Kansas City Public Library’s Pendergast Years website.

Earning Graduate Credit 

A Certificate of Participation will be provided to all workshop participants. Three Continuing Education Units are available at in-state tuition rates. Three units of graduate credit in American History are available for approximately $1,000. An appropriate final project, supervised by a member of the program faculty, will be required for graduate credit.

If you are interested in taking the workshop for graduate credit, please contact Diane Mutti Burke for information about registering. Please be sure to identify yourself as a Wide-Open Town scholar, as this course is not available to regular UMKC students.