Working Together: KC History Through the Kansas City Athenaeum

Joyce Merrill
Missouri Valley Sundays
Joyce Merrill, vice president of the Kansas City Athenaeum, examines the roles and contributions of the Athenaeum and other women’s clubs and their importance to Kansas City’s development over more than a century.
Sunday, March 5, 2017
Program: 
2:00 pm
Event Audio
In 1894, when women’s lives and choices were restricted and their influence was limited, a group of Kansas Citians answered a call to “stand shoulder to shoulder in the uplifting of the mental, moral, and physical status of our city.” They established the Kansas City Athenaeum women’s club, which advocated in ensuing decades for improved health, education, and public safety throughout the city. It lent women the voice and impact to exact positive change.
 
Joyce Merrill, a longtime member of the Athenaeum and the organization’s current vice president, examines the roles and contributions of the Athenaeum and other women’s clubs and their importance to Kansas City’s development over more than a century.