The Sunflower Ordnance Works - Anne Jones, Matt Gilligan

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The Johnson County Museum’s Anne Jones and Matt Gilligan look at how 10,000 acres of farmland outside Kansas City became the world’s largest producer of rocket propellant and an essential part of America’s “Arsenal of Democracy” during World War II.
Missouri Valley Sundays
Sunday, September 8, 2013
2:00pm @ Central Library

Built in 1942 in Johnson County, Kansas, the Sunflower Ordnance Works quickly became the world’s largest producer of rocket propellant, an essential part of America’s “Arsenal of Democracy” during World War II.

Anne Jones, curator of collections at the Johnson County Museum, and Matt Gilligan, the museum’s curator of interpretation, examine the plant’s long history as part of the defense industry, as well as the many ideas – like a Land of Oz theme park – proposed to use the space when the property’s military role ended in 1992.

Co-sponsored by the Johnson County Museum.