Join WHS and fellow history enthusiasts at fun and educational events!  

Check the calendar below for details on events.  

Feel free to Contact Us with questions!

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1855 Harris-Kearney House

4000 Baltimore, Kansas City, Missouri


The 1855 Harris-Kearney House is Kansas City's oldest remaining brick residence and is a Nationally Designated Historic Site on the Santa Fe, California, and Oregon Trails in Westport.  Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the Kansas City Register of Historic Places, the Greek Revival mansion was constructed in 1855 by Col. John and Henrietta Harris, early area settlers from Kentucky.

The Mansion House. as it was first labeled by the community, stands prominently on the Battle of Westport Civil War Battlefield. In the fall of 1861, the Harris home was used as headquarters for Union officers, and following, in October of 1864, some of the Harris grandchildren witnessed the Battle of Westport raging around them from the mansion's second floor windows. Later the children saw their grandparents’ Harris House Hotel used as a field hospital.

The Mansion House has been restored to its 1855 appearance and shares with visitors the tragic days of the Battle of Westport and the people who lived, worked, and gave their lives for our country.

Visit the 1855 Harris-Kearney House every Wednesday beginning October 6 from 11AM until 3:30 PM for CIVIL WAR DAYS. You can visit with Civil War historians, tour what was once the headquarters of union officers, and view artifacts from the battle.  For more information or questions, please send an email to



2021Quilt Extravaganza WHS Fundraising Event!


​Harris-Kearney House

Through October 30, 2021

The COVID pandemic forced some changes, including cancellation of all programs except Tammy Reid’s Talk and the Quilt Exhibit, but it is not too late to join us for some fun! NEW Exhibit Days: every Friday and Saturday through October 30th : 1:00-5:00 pm : exhibit pass price: $10


Wednesday, October 27th from 12:30-2:30 pm.

Kelly's Westport Inn, 500 Westport Rd, Kansas City, Missouri

(Kelly's is closed to the public during our private event.)

Join us for both an informative and FUN interactive conversation with three panelists and the event's attendees. Refreshments served. Tickets must be purchased in advance. This is not a lesson in how quilts are made.

+TAMMY REID, featured quilt exhibitor

+DAKOTA REDFORD, the Director of the Missouri Quilt Museum, Hamilton, Missouri

+CHRISTINE PEMBROOK, a quilt historian who has studied for 30 years how to determine the age of, or construction date range of when a quilt was constructed. Christine assigned the dates and ranges to all of Tammy's quilts for the exhibit, and those belonging to the museum. Christine is a member of Lee's Summit Quilt Guild



Details and Tickets Available On-line


Please don't delay if you plan to join us for any of these events. REGISTER On-Line NOW before it is too late.

Show Me Missouri in Dolls thru Aug 28, 2021


Dolls tell the stories of Missouri’s past in the “Show Me Missouri in Dolls” exhibit at the Harris-Kearney House. The second annual doll exhibit of the Westport Historical Society will be on view Fridays and Saturdays through August 28, 2021, as part of the museum’s regular viewing hours. Select dolls will portray historical figures and recreate historical photographs in celebration of Missouri’s Bicentennial. The Harris-Kearney House is a museum member of the United Federation of Doll Clubs, Inc. For more information, visit the Westport Historical Society’s website at ALSO, here is an exciting video by the United Federation of Doll Clubs (UFDC) to enjoy!

June and July : Music Exhibit/s and Concert/s

A time to learn about, listen to and enjoy many facets of 19th Century Music . . . with interesting twists that can still be heard in 2020 music.

Please join us for MUSIC ON THE GREEN at the 1855 Harris-Kearney House, 4000 Baltimore, KCMO,  every Saturday afternoon in June and July, from 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm.  Bring your lawn chair, blanket, umbrella, lunch, family, neighbors, and friends.   At these FREE weekly concerts, everyone is sure to enjoy all types of music presented by wonderfully talented musicians.  A full schedule of musicians and their music will be announced soon.  For more information, call 816-561-1821, 913-231-6749, or send an email to 


Free parking, and bottled water for purchase.

Some chairs will be available--may call ahead and reserve at no charge.

Cancelations possible depending on weather; check our website and Facebook page.

September and October: Quilt Show and Exhibits

December 5: Christmas Open House

See for yourself how the Harris family decorated and celebrated the year end holidays in the 1800s.  Call 816-561-1821 for tour times.

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