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Preserving The History of Westport


The House is open for tours on Fridays and Saturdays!

Stopping Stones Installation Ceremony

Stopping Stones arts initiative is partnering with the Westport Historical Society and the 1855 Harris-Kearney House to recognize and celebrate an enslaved African-American woman named, Harriet “Hattie” Drisdom Kearney, who was just nine years old when she was auctioned and purchased for $1,300 by Col. Charles E. Kearney and his family

Welcome to the Westport Historical Society

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1855 Harris-Kearney House

Westport, in the heart of Kansas City, is a small village that is filled with legend and history. The Westport Historical Society (WHS) celebrates the lively history of Westport and its first citizens. We welcome you to visit us and step back in time to an earlier day when Westport and the Town of Kansas were on the nation’s frontier.  WHS is headquartered in the 1855 Harris-Kearney House at 4000 Baltimore, Kansas City, Missouri 64111.

More than 150 years ago, thousands of adventurers from all walks of life came to Westport to explore and seek their fortunes along the Santa Fe and Oregon Trails. Mountain men and preachers walked the lanes and streets of Westport, drawn here by the mystique of the West. The village of Westport flourished with a cosmopolitan flavor as merchants outfitted wagon trains headed to the Spanish and Mexican settlements. Everyday, more and more people began their westward journey in Westport and as the town grew, the foundation for Kansas City was laid. Today, Westport is a thriving community where people live and shop in many of Westport’s original buildings. Although the reason why people flood to Westport has changed in the past 150 years, the energy and vitality of the district remain the same!

WHS & The 1855 Harris-Kearney House

The Westport Historical Society (WHS) actively preserves the unique moment in history of the great Westward Migration by sharing the stories of how Kansas City began and by educating the greater Kansas City community of Westport’s role in the shaping of the society in America. WHS is headquartered in the 1855 Harris-Kearney House in Westport, MO. As Kansas City’s oldest brick home,the 1855 Harris-Kearney House preserves the history of Westport and the Town of Kansas. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Harris-Kearney House Museum illustrates the lives of the first residents and their contributions to the formation of the greater KC area. Please come visit & take a tour!

WHS also researches the Battle of Westport, the largest Civil War battle fought west of the Mississippi. We are partnered with the Monnett Battle of Westport Fund in its efforts to restore and preserve the Westport Battlefields. We invite you to bring research ideas to us. As a member, you have access to our resources and contacts! History students of all ages, school districts, history buffs and Westport’s residents are all encouraged to make the Historical Society their favorite resource.

KCMO Civil War Reenactment

The Westport Historical Society celebrates and commemorates the 19th Century when Americans journeyed West to chase their dream. Many chose the town of Westport as the point where they "jumped off" onto the trails and into the great American Wilderness. We are a Freedom's Frontier Star Partner & Part of The Historic Santa Fe Trail!

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The Westport Historical Society is always working on something!  We participate and organize many  community events, reenactments, historical preservation activities, educational workshops, seasonal celebrations, paranormal classes, traveling exhibits, and more!  See what is going on at WHS and the 1855 Harris- Kearney House.

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Become a member of The Westport Historical Society. Join with us in preserving the history and artifacts of the original town of OLD WESTPORT! Your membershipi s important to the history of Westport and early Kansas City preservation and education efforts, the 1855 Harris Kearney House Museum, and Westport Historical Society

Thank You to Our Business Members.
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Here are some of our annual sponsors. For a complete list, click on "Support" above.

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The Westport Historical Society (WHS) was established in 1950 to promote and foster public interest in and preserve the significant history of Westport, Missouri and Town of Kansas, Missouri and their founders.  Your donations will help to keep the WHS moving forward and working to preserve the history of Westport for future generations.

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