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KC History: Wornall/Majors House Museums

Oct 25, 2012

You've driven past those historic houses in Kansas City, and no doubt they've piqued your curiosity.  What's inside?  Who once lived there?  And how do these places figure into our area's history?

Coming up on Central Standard Friday, Monroe Dodd takes you inside two historic residences:  the John Wornall House and the Alexander Majors House.  While both were built in the mid-1800s and are featured on the National Register of Historic Places, one is a colonnaded Greek revival house, and the other a “frontier” antebellum house. 

Monroe is joined by Anna Marie Tutera and Hibberd Kline to delve deeper into the characteristics of the houses and discuss their significance in Kansas City history.  They will also talk about the programs and events available to visitors in the present day.

Anna Marie Tutera has returned to her hometown of Kansas City and has been appointed executive director of the Wornall/Majors House Museums.  She was most recently executive director of the Santa Fe Children’s Museum, leading a successful 3,500 square foot expansion project.  Tutera has also held positions with Fine Arts for Children and Teens in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Habitot Children’s Museum in Berkeley California, The San Francisco Foundation, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Chicago Children’s Museum. 

Hibberd Kline is a member of the board and Treasurer of the Wornall/Majors Houses Museum, an attorney, an adjunct associate professor with the criminal justice program at a local university, and a life-long student of the American Civil War. Mr. Kline is an honors graduate in History from Harvard College, and he earned a Juris Doctorate from the University of Virginia.  Hibberd and his wife, Christine, live near the Wornall House and Loose Park on the Westport Battlefield.