3nd Annual Heritage Week

May 5-12, 2017

As we look to build on the successes of last year’s events, Historic West Bottoms will again host a weeklong celebration of the area to highlight its regional history and culture. Beginning on First Friday and ending with the Wettest Block Soirée II, the third annual Heritage Week seeks to:

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

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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