4th Annual Heritage Week

April 24 — May 5, 2018

In 2018, Historic West Bottoms’ Heritage Week will outgrow its name. Building on three successful years we will recognize the region’s rivers, its early inhabitants, the Stockyards District and West Bottoms Reborn during a 12-day celebration of history and culture. The fourth annual Heritage Week seeks to:

• Focus on the West Bottoms as a cultural district and destination;
• Remember the area’s role as a commercial-industrial district connecting the communities of the greater Kansas City metropolitan area; and
• Highlight the progress and potential of the West Bottoms while recognizing firms and professionals who plan, design and construct our community’s infrastructure.

The West Bottoms’ place in our region’s history and development is truly unique and began with trading among Native Americans and the French. The area, originally known as Kawsmouth and later the French Bottoms, is centrally located and has been essential to the growth and development of the entire region.

During our Heritage Week events, we will partner with businesses, agencies and local governments to shed light on the history of the West Bottoms, including the historical sites, businesses, institutions and individuals who have made notable contributions to the community. Our goal is to remind residents of the region of the great times, challenges and potential in the West Bottoms and to re-introduce, and introduce, our area to residents and tourists.

We look forward to presenting this year’s Heritage Week, and ask for your support and participation as we highlight history with an eye toward the promising future of “the best part of town.”

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