Sponsor, Donate, & Volunteer

The WHS and the 1855 Harris-Kearney House are always looking for volunteers and community support.  We are appreciative of any and all support you may offer.  Thank you!

WE NEED YOUR HELP: Become a WHS Sponsor!

The Westport Historical Society relies on the support of our local friends to fund our many educational activities and efforts in Kansas City on behalf of Westport. Your monetary support will help because Westport Historical Society is responsible for the Harris-Kearney House, a museum dedicated to Westport’s historical artifacts, research and literature. And your funding also makes it possible to mark the historic buildings and sites within Westport, and to make research efforts possible!

​We invite local individuals and businesses to help us make all our future endeavors, including research and maintenance on the Harris-Kearney House, possible. Please note that because the Westport Historical Society is a 501 (c)(3)non-profit society, your donations are fully deductible for income tax purposes.

The Westport Historical Society members hope your sponsorship will give you a certain amount of satisfaction from contributing to a worthwhile educational effort. Your funding will allow our efforts to continue.  We maintain an endowment with the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation.  We have received the check mark of approval for our financial responsibility as a charitable organization from the Foundation.

In October 2006 we launched a major capital campaign for restoration work and stabilization of the Harris Kearney House. We have completed a portion of that work, thanks to our annual sponsors and business partners! Enhancements of our display gallery and interior areas are underway. The exterior plantings and landscape are being reconditioned, and we have a perimeter fence. We thank our volunteers and friends for their splendid donation of time, talent and funds.  Without them, we could not continue our programs.


Membership $300

  • Copy of Westporter Newsletter

  • Invitation to events & exhibits

  • FREE Harris-Kearney House Admission (6)

  • 20% Discount in Gift Store

  • Special Invite to Receptions/Events/Exhibits

  • Copy of Westport Landing Magazine

  • Business Listing on WHS Website & Newsletter

  • Sponsor a WHS Artifact 


Donations of any denomination help to keep WHS operating and working to preserve Kansas City's History! Your generosity is greatly appreciated!


Volunteers are very important to the Westport Historical Society and Harris-Kearney House.  As a non-profit organization, volunteers are the heart and soul of the Westport Historical Society.  You can volunteer as much or as little as you want!  We appreciate every volunteer and hour that is dedicated to helping preserve the history of Westport!  Volunteering for WHS and the Harris-Kearney House will be a rewarding experience and can be shared with the whole family! People of all ages and experience are welcome to volunteer!

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, we have many opportunities available! Please Contact Us! and let us know: your availability, your interests (re-enactments, tours, event help, fundraisers, or general interest), and the best time to contact you.  We look forward to speaking with you and will contact you soon!  Thank you for your interest!  Remember, if you do not have time to volunteer, you can always donate to the Westport Historical Society too!

Hours of Operation

Due to COVID-19 pandemic as local guidelines allow, we are open to the public on Fridays and Saturdays from 1-5 pm, with the last tour beginning at 4:15 pm. 

Private tours or group tours are available upon request and require a deposit or prepayment to hold the reservation. Please call (816) 561-1821 or email westporthistorical@gmail.com to schedule.


(816) 561-1821



4000 Baltimore

Kansas City, Missouri 64111



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A Place in History

The Harris-Kearney House and Westport Historical Society are members of The Santa Fe Trail Association.  The Harris-Kearney House is a designated historic site on the Santa Fe, California, and Oregon Trails. Travelers along these trails would stop in "West Port" before "jumping off!"  We make efforts to conserve the history of these trails for generations to come!

The latest information, hours, and fees are on our Facebook page.

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