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Spring 2018

Union Station Kansas City


“Wow, What a Year!”

An Exciting Look Back at a Record-Setting 2017

PLUS: The Art of the Brick Exhibition Meet the Renowned LEGO® Artist

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CONTENTS Spring 2018 6


Michael Tritt


Lauren Hypse


Your Spring Guide to What’s Happening

Plan Now to Enjoy KC’s Favorite Family-Friendly Destination


THE ART OF THE BRICK EXHIBITION, Presented by Chase World’s Largest Exhibition of LEGO® Art


Bonus: Photo Gallery

Leigh Culbert

THE ART OF THE BRICK Exhibition Opening & Reception




Dalton Liu

An Award-Winning Destination Recent Awards Validate Hard Work and Investments


A Responsibility of Monumental Proportions

Proud to be a

Exterior Preservation Project Receives Funding Boost


New Gallery Brings Original Railroads To Life Visit the Newest Addition to the Union Station Stories Exhibit

Internationally Awarded

Smithsonian Affiliate

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Impact Report 2017 Mission-Driven Successes


Meet The Board

Featuring Burns & McDonnell Chairman/CEO Ray Kowalik


Dreams Are Coming True

Battle of the Brains Winners’ Imaginations Turning into Reality


Stem Jobs Are On The Rise Kick Start Your Child’s Future at Science City’s Summer Camp



“Once We Started Going, It Was Hard to Stop” New Union Station Member Shares Her Experience

ON TRACK IS AVAILABLE ONLINE: UnionStation.org/OnTrack The information contained in this magazine is for informational purposes only. Union Station Kansas City, Inc. assumes no liability or responsibility for any inaccurate, delayed or incomplete information.

Mission Statement Union Station Kansas City, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, is dedicated to science education, celebration of community and preservation of history.


Meet “The Train Kid”

Be Inspired By One of Union Station’s Youngest Volunteer

COVER: Noon Year’s Eve 2017. Courtesy: Jason Atherton ABOVE: Courtesy: Roy Inman Photographs © UnionStation.org


Wow, what a year! “Favorite Family-Friendly Attraction” “Favorite Historical Attraction” “Attraction of the Year”

As a record-setting 2017 holiday season wound down and a

fast-paced 2018 got underway, your Union Station and Science City were honored with these prestigious local and regional recognitions. This was really big news! So we paused — but not for too long — to celebrate the collective spirit, support and effort it took to deliver another stunning year of success. Indeed, it was and is very special and humbling to be acknowledged among Kansas City’s many worldclass attractions and important destinations. Now, within these pages of our ON TRACK Impact Report Edition, it’s time to celebrate you . . . the most important element of our remarkable success. How will we do that? By highlighting what’s been accomplished, what’s currently happening and what’s around the corner. You’ve been and remain a key part of it all. Your vote of confidence every time you visit is essential and extremely appreciated. You’ll see, our vision is BIG! Our resolve is strong. And our energy and focus to keep Union Station a vibrant and vital resource for you and all of Kansas City is endless. Simply put, we’re poised for even more success and that’s a terrific place to be. A few key projects and priorities to watch include:

• Our new Early Learning expansion into Science City — announced in October of 2017 with a generous initial grant from The Hall Family Foundation of $4 million. Set to open in mid-2019, this current year will be filled with detailed planning, program development, initial construction and a big push to invite 4

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and involve the entire community in funding the remaining $3 million needed to bring this ambitious and high-impact priority to life.

• Our critical Exterior Preservation Project — begun in 2017

and scheduled to wrap up mid-year 2018. This proactive TLC of our historic building will touch nearly every exterior surface with needed repair, cleaning and protective applications. You may have seen scaffolding erected and moving around the Station. Now that warmer daytime temperatures have arrived, the pace of work will once again quicken as will our fundraising to close the final gap in this important $1.6 million investment.

• An upcoming Summer of non-stop fun and hands-on

opportunities for the entire family to explore Union Station, Science City, the Planetarium and our entire exciting campus. We have festivals, concerts, special events and epic exhibitions planned. We pride ourselves in keeping things fresh and fun for you and 2018 is set to be awesome. You are our top priority! And that’s just the highlight list . . . Inside this edition of ON TRACK you will read about the stellar results for our world-class Touring Exhibitions, internationally-awarded Science Center, Planetarium, Extreme Screen Theatre and more. Bottom line . . . we treasure the privilege of being both caretakers and dream makers for Union Station . . . a place that proves what Kansas City can do when enthusiasm, determination, innovation and focused efforts intersect. This is YOUR Union Station. Thank you for your role in another year of remarkable, sustained, and AWARDED success!

George Guastello President & CEO

Robert Regnier

Chairman of the Board

“MONUMENTAL” The New York Times


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All Union Station Attractions, Science City and Gottlieb Planetarium Open

Spring Break Monday

Celebrate Pi Day

All Union Station Attractions, Science City and Gottlieb Planetarium Open

Spring Break Monday

Science City

*Check UnionStation.org for showtimes.

Follow the story of Meg Murry, a high-school-aged girl who is transported on an adventure through time and space with her younger brother and friend to rescue her father - a gifted scientist, from the evil forces that hold him prisoner on another planet.

Starring many A-listers, including Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling and Zach Galifianakis, Disney’s 2018 blockbuster movie, A Wrinkle in Time, is coming to Union Station’s Regnier Extreme Screen Theatre March 9. Tickets start at just $5.*

Disney’s “A Wrinkle In Time”

Mark your calendars for all the excitement we have in store!

World-Class. Family-Friendly. Top-Rated.




Union Station is Your

Images: Top: USKC, Courtesy: Jonathan Tasler Photography. Third Band: Courtesy: Roy Inman Photographs ©. Third Circle: GKCSEF, Courtesy: Jim Styles.

Looking for STEAM-tacular summer fun? Join us for eight weeks of themed learning through a variety of science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics based interactive activities. Space is limited; enroll today! See page 26 for more information.

Summer Camp 2018

All Union Station Attractions, Science City and Gottlieb Planetarium Open

Celebrate Astronomy Day Celebrate Earth Day Celebrate Comic Book Day Celebrate Frankenstein’s 200th Birthday Memorial Day

Be inspired with nearly 1,000 projects of scientific disciplines from area 4th – 12th grade students on display in our Grand Plaza and Grand Hall. Visit UnionStation.org/Events for further details.

67th Annual Greater Kansas City Science & Engineering Fair

Bring the entire family for a jam-packed morning of holiday celebration not to be missed, including an Egg Scavenger Hunt, Hat Parade and Contest, Photos with the Easter Bunny and more.

5th Annual Easter Eggstravaganza, 10 a.m. – Noon

All Union Station Attractions, Science City and Gottlieb Planetarium Open

Spring Break Monday

It’s “Where Making Happens”… one you’ll have to see to believe. Plan early at UnionStation.org. Union Station Members receive VIP discounts. Learn more on page 28.

Mother’s Day


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THE ART OF THE BRICK Exhibition Final Day at Union Station

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Artwork by artist Nathan Sawaya. Photo courtesy of BrickArtist.com.

From Corporate Attorney to World Renowned LEGO® Artist The Artist Behind the Art of the Brick, Turns Toys Into Art N

athan Sawaya was a corporate lawyer in New York City. Like so many hobbyists, he built LEGO® creations as a way to unwind at the end of the day. “Eventually my apartment was packed wall-to-wall with art,” Sawaya says. “I put together a collection of sculptures on a website as a virtual gallery ... the day my website crashed from too many hits, I decided to make a change.” Just like that, Sawaya left practicing law and started his journey to become the world’s first artist to exclusively use LEGO® bricks as his medium.   His decision may have seemed insensible to some—leaving a successful career for a popular toy—but the overwhelming response has proved that his work is anything but child’s play.  “It was scary, but also completely liberating,” explains Sawaya.

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“I was in control of my own destiny, and the first morning I woke up after leaving the law firm was the beginning of what has turned out to be a truly thrilling adventure.” A thrilling adventure, indeed! Two full-time working studios and millions of LEGO® bricks later, Sawaya has created hundreds of remarkable creations that inspire the child in all of us. His exhibition— THE ART OF THE BRICK—is the world’s largest and most elaborate exhibition of artwork made of LEGO® bricks ever. Featuring 110 whimsical and awe-inspiring works of art, the exhibit has been seen by 6 million people in 84 cities across 6 continents.  And now, not only has it come to Kansas City, but Nathan Sawaya himself made a rare artist appearance to unveil the creation he’s made just for Kansas City. The energy at the reveal was electric, and it was impossible not to feel inspired by Nathan, his passion and his work.

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Audiences Are Raving. . . “The Art of the Brick exhibit is one that the

how did he do that?!’ At the end, there are several

entire family will enjoy experiencing. As a mother

areas where parents and children can use their

of two daughters, 5 and 8, we are always looking

own imaginations to create something spectacular.

for family-friendly events. This exhibit wow’d all of

We spent hours playing LEGOs with each other.

us and my daughters kept running from one piece

It really is one of the best exhibits, as it kept us

of art to the next exclaiming, ‘Oh my goodness,

all engaged.” - Cherish C., Blue Springs, MO

What Sawaya accomplishes with simple blocks of plastic is nothing short of amazing. The exhibition hopes to demonstrate the potential of imagination and the power of creativity—inspiring visitors of all ages to create their own artwork by thinking outside the box. “I have found that families who may have never been to an art gallery are drawn to THE ART OF THE BRICK exhibition because of that familiarity and affinity with the toy,” says Sawaya. “And, so in a sense, by using a medium that people may have at home, it is about the democratizing of the art world.” ■

THE ART OF THE BRICK runs thru May 28. Union Station Members enjoy tickets for as low as $10* available now at UnionStation.org or in person at the Union Station ticket office. *Excludes taxes and fees.

Above: Top: Union Station’s Board of Directors pose alongside The Art of the Brick sponsor representatives and artist Nathan Sawaya behind his custom made LEGO® fountain for Kansas City. Left to Right: Bucky Brooks, George Guastello, Michael Haverty, Jim Snow (Complex General Manager of The Westin and Sheraton at Crown Center), Bob Regnier (Board Chairman), Nathan Sawaya, Stacey Paine (president of Crown Center Redevelopment Corporation), Nate Tesmer (Regional Manager for presenting sponsor Chase), Mayor Peggy Dunn (Board Treasurer), Dr. Thomas Sack and Ramón Murguía (Board Vice Chairman). Courtesy: Roy Inman Photographs ©. Bottom, Left: Child guest enjoys building bricks in the exhibition’s Activation Area. Courtesy: Roy Inman Photographs ©. Bottom, Right: Deuce Chanos, grandson to former Union Station Board Member Greg Graves, interviews artist vNathan Sawaya for his YouTube Channel.



E xhibition O pening & R eception Nearly 300 special guests, donors, sponsors, Union Station loyalists and art enthusiasts were welcomed to a private evening of innovation and creativity for The Art of the Brick Exhibition (presented by Chase) opening on January 25, 2018. All were greeted with an entrance gallery filled with childhood treasures provided by the National Toy and Miniature Museum, followed by an atmosphere of brightly colored designs, LEGO®-inspired hors d’oeuvres, beverages and a spectacular candy bar. Guest speakers, including the contemporary genius behind it all — artist Nathan Sawaya — shared thoughts about the remarkable displays made from one of the most recognizable toys in the world. Many were thanked for their tireless efforts to create such a special event and show stopping exhibit where science meets art in a rare and unique way. The ‘bricked’ ribbon was then cut, kicking off the official opening to a world of ingenuity. Thank you to all in attendance! Special appreciation to Tom and Mary Bloch for their generous contribution of their wonderful namesake wine. As well, deep appreciation to Brancato’s Catering for their creativity and generosity in presenting a beautiful selection of themed hors d’oeuvres and desserts. ■

VIEW additional images in our online Gallery at UnionStation.org/ArtoftheBrick.


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Above: Courtesy: Roy Inman Photographs ©.

And the Winner Is. . . Union Station Receives Accolades

Above: Left: Courtesy: Roy Inman Photographs ©. Right: Union Station Staff members accept “Attraction of the Year” Award at Greater KC Attractions Association’s (GKCAA) Annual Member Meeting November 16, 2017 at the Musical Theater Heritage in Crown Center. Left to Right: Lauren Hypse (Marketing Manager), Leigh Culbert (Marketing Program Manager), Jeri Rubino (Executive Assistant), Michael Tritt (Chief Marketing Officer) and Nale Uhl (Vice President of Finance). Courtesy: GKCAA.

Union Station has been a special place for visitors of all ages since

it first opened its doors in 1914. What once was a bustling place of transportation and commerce is once again a vibrant place; a place to celebrate, explore and learn about Kansas City’s past. We’re grateful for everyone who makes Union Station what it has become—staff, volunteers, neighbors and visitors from around the world—and we’re delighted to celebrate recent accolades that recognize just how special Union Station is, thanks to you!

“Favorite Historical Attraction” & “Favorite Family-Friendly Attraction” Visit KC Visitors’ Choice Awards

Union Station and Science City were selected by thousands of travelers who live outside our five-county metro region as a family and historical favorite. “Union Station continues to raise the bar,” says Senior Vice President of Marketing and Communications Traci Moon, Visit KC. “The relevancy of its programming clearly resonates with visitors as well as our local community. This, coupled with its outstanding community programming, clearly illustrates that Union Station has made a strong commitment to innovation, creativity and catering to all ages.”

“Attraction of the Year” Greater Kansas City Attractions Association’s Heart of KC Awards

“Union Station is a Kansas City icon,” says Greater Kansas City Attractions Association (GKCAA) Board

of Directors President Mike Vietti. GKCAA awarded Union Station this honor because of our “exemplary attendance” (over 1.8 million in 2017), world-class special exhibit programs, as well as the recent Science City additions. “Union Station boasts an incredible array of things to see and do,” Vietti says. “There’s something for everyone.”

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We’re thrilled to be one of the city’s favorite event spaces and play a part in so many forever memories, with over 400 private events held each year! “Union Station holds a personal story for so many people, whether it’s a memory of riding the train, seeing a loved one off to war or welcoming them back home, this building represents a piece of their individual history,” says Stacey Price, Facility Rental Sales and Event Manager. “When people have an event here, that experience continues to build onto history, and their story continues. Even if you don’t have a personal connection when you come into Union Station, you will when you leave.” While we don’t work to win awards, they sure are nice when those recognitions come our way. Of course, our most prized recognition happens every time you walk through our doors to explore and experience something new at Union Station. Your active votes of confidence inspire us to dream more and do more every day. ■

Kansas City’s Newest Green Space – Haverty Family Yards – Invites You To Rethink Your Outdoor Event Options Incorporated into our new 2.3 acre North Festival Plaza is this 32,000 sqf outdoor space open to special events, festivals, concerts and private functions. From intimate to expansive, Haverty Family Yards is historically significant in location and absolutely stunning in view and versatility! Contact Stacey Price for reservation details at SPrice@UnionStation.org or 816-460-2078. Above: Courtesy: Roy Inman Photographs ©.



A Responsibility of Monumental Proportions Exterior Preservation Project Receives Big Funding Boost But Still Needs Community Participation Maintaining

TO MAKE A DONATION Christy Nitsche, Director of Advancement and Community Engagement • 816-460-2208 • CNitsche@UnionStation.org Above: Top & Bottom: Courtesy: Roy Inman Photographs ©. Center: Courtesy: Mid-Continental Restoration Company.


a historic home measuring more than 850,000 sqf and once boasting 900 original rooms is an enormous task, but certainly a labor of love in our case. In fact, it’s a privilege that brings genuine satisfaction along with tremendous responsibility. As we shared in June of last year, that responsibility and privilege took on monumental proportions as we began a massive and proactive exterior preservation project that will eventually touch nearly every historic surface of Union Station’s exterior. 1,200 tubes of caulk. More than 1,000 bags of mortar. 1,100 gallons of limestone cleaner. The list is staggering. Fortunately, an expert team led by professionals from Roofing Solutions, Inc., Structural Engineering Associates, and MidContinental Restoration Company, has kept this $1.6 million project on schedule and on budget. Expected completion is scheduled for mid-year 2018 and now that warmer daytime temperatures have arrived, the pace of work will once again quicken. This historic project accelerates a 25-year plan and ensures the integrity and beauty of the beloved national landmark. Funding for this project comes from a combination of earned revenue, Union Station’s Preservation Fund as well as foundation, individual and corporate contributions. The most recently announced and generous gift of $500,000 came from The Sunderland Foundation. The Foundation invests in the places and spaces where nonprofits do their work - places where young minds grow and thrive, and where communities come together for celebration and inspiration. Union Station is indeed such a place. “It has been said that preservation is simply having the good sense to hold on to things that are well designed, that link us with our past in a meaningful way, and have plenty of good use left in them,” says Kent Sunderland, President

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- Sunderland Foundation. “By supporting this special project, we proudly contribute toward the sustainability of where Kansas City truly does connect for history, adventure, celebration and inspiration.” With a total of $750,000 successfully raised, Station officials now turn to the Greater Kansas City community to help close the final gap.

“Major contributions like that from The Sunderland Foundation are essential in helping meet our preservation obligations and funding goals,” George Guastello, Union Station president and CEO, says. “Equally important is the participation of countless individual Kansas Citians and Union Station fans. Every dollar matters and makes a profound difference. We’re flattered with awards given to our attractions and programs. It’s the outpouring of financial support for projects like this, however, that truly humble us. With a grateful heart, we’re asking for a groundswell of individual donations to help complete this critical preservation priority.” For complete details and to add your own support to Union Station’s Exterior Preservation Project, please visit UnionStation.org/Donate or contact Christy Nitsche at 816-460-2208. Christy will be delighted to visit by phone or in person to answer your questions and accommodate your preferred approach to giving. ■

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New Gallery Brings 12 Original Railroads to Life The Newest Gallery of the Union Station Stories Exhibit

Above: The Reed Family Model Locomotive in its new Haverty Family Gallery home, among historic paintings and rare artifacts. Below: The Haverty Family pose at a private ceremony in celebration of the Gallery opening December 15, 2017. Left to Right: Shannon Thrun (daughter), Marlys and Michael R. Haverty, and Ryan Haverty (son).


here’s a new gallery in Union Station filled with original artifacts and captivating works of art that take you back into the bygone eras of railroading. Located in the northeast corner of Grand Hall — just outside Pierpont’s — the Haverty Railroad Gallery is the newest addition to the Union Station Stories permanent history exhibit. Made possible by a generous gift from the Michael R. and Marlys Haverty Family Foundation, the exhibit features historically accurate paintings by the celebrated American Realist, Richard Allison, depicting the 12 railroads that originally founded Union Station. An impressive collection of additional rare railroad artifacts, including the Reed Family Model Locomotive, round out the impressive display.

“It is safe to say that I spend almost as much time on research as I do in actual painting,” Allison says. “The important point is to attempt to create a feeling of reality.” He’s certainly succeeded. His use of light and vivid colors are capturing attention from Union Station visitors of all ages. Allison hopes his pieces will help people understand the importance railroads have played in the building of our country, saying that “the legacy of the American railroad reflects more than anything the determination of the American spirit.” ■


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Haverty Railroad Gallery is available to the public free of charge. To learn more about the artist or to set up a private tour of the entire Union Station Stories exhibit, visit UnionStation.org or call 816-460-2020.

Union Station Kansas City


Mission Driven

And Always in Motion

AN AWARD-WINNING YEAR “Favorite Historical Attraction” “Favorite Family-Friendly Attraction” “Attraction of the Year” “Top Banquet Facility” Visitors’ Choice Awards – VisitKC

Visitors’ Choice Awards – VisitKC

Greater KC Attractions Association

KC Business Journal

Welcome A Note of Appreciation


ith the past as a prologue, the future of Union Station, Science City and our many world-class attractions is as exciting and vibrant as ever.

Our Mission

In other words, what’s already happened at our award-winning Union Station sets the stage for even more remarkable achievements, critical additions and careful preservation of our massive and beloved monument.

is dedicated to science education, celebration of community and preservation of history.

But before we get too far into our next Union Station chapters, let’s offer a quick review of 2017 milestones. Indeed, it was a very good year and the next few pages of our Impact Report will offer proof points of how important you — our Members and community of supporters — are to our collective success. You’ll see figures that tell a compelling fiscal story. You’ll also see photos of guests absolutely blown away with how our entire team is in constant motion — dreaming, engaging, teaching, celebrating and ultimately improving the lives we are privileged to impact. (Keep in mind we only have room to cover just a sampling of all that happened here in 2017.) And, most importantly, you will appreciate how we focus our efforts in support of our mission to generate sustainable and meaningful results.

Our Vision To be recognized as Kansas City’s iconic symbol of inclusion, inspiration, lifelong learning and its center for civic celebrations.

Your vision for an authentic hub of family-friendly, year-round activity has been realized. That vision has been translated into bold actions and big results. And, your on-going participation will propel us even further. What an honor it is to lead this organization and help shape its future! Our team includes a highly devoted, amazingly talented and engaged Board of Directors, Professional Staff, Volunteers, an ever-growing base of Member families and a community of supporters second to none. Please know of our extreme gratitude for the trust you’ve placed in each of us to deliver an award-winning, educational and always-in-motion destination for Kansas City and beyond. The prologue is complete. Recent awards have been celebrated. And, the exciting Union Station story is unfolding with certain knowledge that working together, we can truly shape a better world of discovery and innovation for generations to come. Enjoy this 2017 Impact Report . . . you are an incredibly important part of it! With Gratitude,

George Guastello President & CEO


Union Station 2017 Impact Report

Robert Regnier

Chairman of the Board

IMPACT REPORT COVER: Courtesy: Burns & McDonnell



Strong Earned Revenue ensures Donor Contributions support Mission Growth rather than Building Operations.

20% Attendance

Growth in 2017

MISSION: SCIENCE EDUCATION Science City in 2017 grew outdoors for the first time with Battle of the Brains III Simple Machines at Play. Wow, what a tremendous and immediate positive reaction! Then, in October, we unveiled plans to grow younger with a significant and game-changing investment in Kansas City’s youngest learners. And in November, the Top 20 finalists of Burns & McDonnell’s Battle of the Brains IV were announced resulting in a spectacular new $1-million dollar “Big Brain Theory” exhibit to open in Spring 2019. The pace in our internationally-awarded Science City never seems to slow . . . and that matches our enthusiasm for what we



Revenue Sources & Requirements

21% SUPPORT (Business & Grants)


American Ninja Warrior 2017

2017 once again saw strong revenue growth across a balanced and sustainable resourcing approach. As a 501(C)3 non-profit organization, we’re fortunate to have the majority of our income generated from ticketed attendance while also benefiting from community support spanning the business, foundation and individual donor landscape. At the same time, proactive care for our magnificent historic Station requires ongoing and significant investment. Upon completion of our future-leading $8.4 million Western Expansion Project in 2017, we immediately turned our attention and resources toward a $1.6 million Exterior Preservation Project that will touch nearly every exterior historic surface. As well, we announced an ambitious and widely-hailed plan to bring a world-class Early Learning destination to Kansas City, inside Science City. So many exciting things are underway as 2018 unfolds! Economic diversity is our fiscal strength and a community committed to preserving her irreplaceable Union Station and growing our offerings gives us tremendous confidence. For a complete list of ways to engage and support our efforts, please contact Christy Nitsche at 816-460-2208 or CNitsche@UnionStation.org. ■

Science Education

Roy Inman Photographs©



deliver daily as well as what’s around the corner. There’s just no getting around the fact that science is fun and gives our community of youth, families and educators a tremendous advantage in so many ways. Science City Attendance Increase – Over 267,000 guests enjoyed Science City in 2017. This represents an astounding 20% growth over 2016 and an even more remarkable 39% growth over 2015 attendance.




A few mission-aligned Science City programs and events that drive growth and make a difference . . .

Science Education

GREATER KANSAS CITY SCIENCE & ENGINEERING FAIR As one of the region’s oldest (originating in 1951) and most celebrated annual fairs of its kind, the 2017 Fair at Union Station attracted over 800 entries from nearly 1,100 area students ranging in grades 4 through 12. Even more impressive, the top winners of our local event went on to win $12,000 and a sponsored trip to China at the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair held in California. Kansas City continues to produce world-class STEM talent and Science City is proud to be not only host of the fair, but an important element in nurturing the life-long curiosity that fuels brilliant, young minds.  SCIENCE CITY ON THE ROAD Nearly 8,350 students were reached thru 149 programs in 2017 as Science City took to the road in a brand new van (courtesy of Burns & McDonnell), with new programs and enthusiastic educators. Thru stage shows, Make & Take activities, Mobile Discovery Areas, GSK Science in the Summer Curriculum and more, students got up-close and hands-on with the thrill of STEM learning. Science City truly touched every corner of our community. SCIENCE CITY SCHOLARSHIPS In 2017, over 10,000 area students attended Science City thanks to scholarship funding. The sources of this generous and important funding included partnerships with Jackson County, Burns & McDonnell, Bayer and Joyce DiDonato.

Of course, science education doesn’t stop with Science City . . . ARVIN GOTTLIEB PLANETARIUM Over 66,000 guests marveled at our universe in our newly upgraded and awe-inspiring Arvin Gottlieb Planetarium. This represents a stellar 20% growth over 2016 attendance. New programs, including a live educator-led star tour, propelled our breathtaking, new venue onto the short list of “Must See Midwest Destinations.”

20% Attendance

Growth in 2017



Union Station 2017 Impact Report



Through this program, educators were invited to apply for scholarships to bring underserved student populations to expand their minds and experience STEM topics in a powerful out-of-classroom environment. S.T.E.A.M. TEAM (Science City’s Super Heroes) Another year of in-home, Saturday morning science fun and another year of even more viewers experiencing our high-energy Science City lab coat superheroes, the S.T.E.A.M. Team! In total, this FOX 4 TV programming, delivered live every other Saturday morning, reached an estimated annual audience of over 691,000. That’s a huge number of kitchen sink and breakfast table experiments to get sleepy eyes wide awake and anxious to engage! SUMMER CAMP (At Capacity Each Summer) 2017 set another record for a high percentage of repeat attendance to Science City’s Summer Camp. Eight full weeks of day camp attracted 749 young minds for engaging, learning, laughing and exploring science topics. Enrollment included visitors from across the U.S. as well as internationally from South Korea, Spain and the United Kingdom. Members enjoy early enrollment and substantial discounts. Not a Member? Now is the perfect time to sign up, save and enroll. BIRTHDAY PARTIES As Science City earned “Favorite Family-Friendly Attraction in Kansas City” in 2017, we also celebrated countless Birthday Parties in our one-of-a-kind venue. In fact, demand grew so big we recently increased the number of available parties for 2018 and beyond. If you’re going to blow out candles with the kids, you might as well do it in the coolest party space in KC! ■

TOURING EXHIBITIONS Blending Science with History, Art and Culture best describes our world-class Touring Exhibitions presented in the Bank of America Gallery. And in 2017, we enjoyed another record year with over 202,000 guests attending Pompeii: The Exhibition and Mummies of the World. That represents a 29% growth over 2016 attendance and 42% growth over 2015.

29% Attendance

Growth in 2017


2016 2017 2017

Facebook Fans 23% Growth In 2017, our Facebook posts generated:

• 64.8 Million Impressions

• 204,539

Likes, Shares and Comments

• 286,232

Visits to our website and online Box Office


Twitter Followers 18% Growth


Instagram Followers 32% Growth

. . . And Volunteering 124

Active Volunteers


Volunteer Hours


Full-Time Equivalents


Economic Impact

Celebration of Community



People Are Talking

MISSION: CELEBRATION OF COMMUNITY As it was in 1914 when first opened, Union Station remains a community gathering destination for business, travel, technology, innovation and countless occasions to celebrate the vibrancy and diversity of our extended community. In 2017, we added more events and attracted more new audiences. Here’s a snapshot of just a few of those successes . . . 7TH ANNUAL MAKER FAIRE KANSAS CITY 2017 welcomed nearly 18,000 attendees from 33 States and 3 Countries. Make plans now to attend the 8th Annual Maker Faire happening June 23-24 right here at Union Station. It’s the Greatest Show (& Tell) on Earth! THE SOLAR ECLIPSE SHINED On Monday, August 21st, over 2,800 people gathered in our new outdoor Haverty Family Yards and Science City to witness the solar eclipse in near totality. An additional 6,000 gathered in River Market, where our Planetarium Educators presented fascinating content leading up to those remarkable eclipse moments. In total, we welcomed enthusiastic guests from multiple countries and dozens of states as the clouds parted at just the right time to offer a truly stellar solar view. SWING DANCES WERE A SMASH Bringing history to life is one of our specialties and in 2017, we hosted – along with KC Jazz Orchestra – two wildly successful dance events in our original North Waiting Room (now known as Grand Plaza). On July 7th, our USO Swing Dance at the Depot attracted nearly 600 enthusiastic fans and on November 3rd, over 700 music and dance lovers joined us for Gatsby Swing. No doubt, we’ve established a new tradition. For 2018, mark your calendars now for July 6th and November 9th. There’s a lot more swing coming your way! THE HOLIDAYS CAME ALIVE Growing bigger every year, Union Station’s “Holidays Come Alive” celebration kicked off on November 18th of 2017 and in total welcomed nearly 265,000 guests over the ensuing six weeks. Everywhere they turned, guests thrilled to spectacular decorations, entertainment, holiday activities and hands-on fun. As Kansas City’s favorite traditional holiday destination, we take memory-making seriously and are honored to be such an important part of so many family holiday plans. Just wait to see what we have in store for 2018. NEW YEAR’S EVE FOR EVERY AGE Two BIG events helped round out the season. Noon Year’s Eve in Science City welcomed over 3,500 for a day-long family celebration, followed by New Year’s Swingin’ Eve in Grand Plaza that, once again, delivered the most elegant and enthusiastic celebration in Kansas City with nearly 1,000 guests. What a way to wrap up one year and kick off the next! ■



Mission Preservation of History

MISSION: PRESERVATION OF HISTORY When your home is a 104-year-old, 850,000 square foot railroad station, preserving and presenting history is both a passion and privilege. Such is our case, and we’re proud to maintain that mission in multiple ways year-in and year-out. In 2017, preservation of history took several important forms . . . WESTERN EXPANSION COMPLETE - The largest construction project since the restoration and reopening of Union Station in 1999, this Expansion was comprised of multiple improvements to enhance our total guest experience. By all accounts, we exceeded expectations by investing wisely and in response to visitor input from across our community. Totaling $8.4 million, this massive undertaking added an award-winning Pedestrian & Vehicular Bridge connecting the front of Union Station to our West Yards Garage and grew a spectacular new outdoor green space – Haverty Family Yards – to host outdoor festivals, concerts, expanded Science City activations and private events. As well, we dramatically transformed our South Parking and added a beautiful new Festival area along Pershing Road. A ultra-efficient new Ticket Office was built, new Luxury Seating was installed in our Regnier Extreme Screen Theatre and a total technology and seating upgrade launched our Arvin Gottlieb Planetarium into world-class status. Our East Plaza (closest to the KC Streetcar stop) was recreated to be a high-function/highvalue new space. Other additions such as our new Connecting Portal and Entrepreneurial Conference Center transformed the connectivity, convenience and functionality of key spaces. Multiple supporters made this all possible and their investments will pay dividends for many years to come.


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BUILDING PRESERVATION PROGRESS Begun in June, 2017 and scheduled to wrap up mid-year 2018. This proactive TLC of our historic building will touch nearly every exterior surface with needed repair, cleaning and protective applications. Now that warmer daytime temperatures have arrived, the pace of work will once again quicken. This important $1.6 million investment is funded by a combination of earned revenue, our Preservation Fund ($1/ticket) and private and corporate contributions. The most recently announced grant of $500,000 came from The Sunderland Foundation. UNION STATION STORIES EXPANSION On December 15th of last year, our newest addition to Union Station Stories was unveiled and became an instant hit with railroad fans of every age. “Haverty Railroad Gallery,” made possible by a generous donation from the Michael R. and Marlys Haverty Family Foundation, features 12 Richard Allison paintings depicting the twelve railroads that originally built Union Station. Additional artifacts displayed include the Reed Family Model Locomotive and a wonderful collection of vintage railroading items. Haverty Railroad Gallery is located in the northeast corner of Grand Hall, closest to Pierpont’s. ■


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UNION STATION MEMBERSHIP MATTERS As a key measure of community engagement and validation of our core Mission pillars, our household membership family grew in 2017 at a remarkable pace. In total, we ended 2017 with nearly 9,000 Member households, representing a 29% increase over 2016 and a full 42% increase over 2015.




Members regularly tell us what matters most to them. High quality content. Hands-on learning. Strong overall value and family-focused opportunities. As we continue building on those Member expectations in 2018, we’re hopeful for another record year. ■

UNION STATION PARTNERS HELP DELIVER TOTAL EXPERIENCE Union Station is a BIG place . . . nearly 850,000 sqf of historic structure, plus another 125,000 sqf of Science City, Planetarium and Outdoor space. The expense to maintain that much space is also BIG. That’s why our multiple-revenue-line model includes office leasing as well as leased retail, restaurant and attraction space. In total, it’s this full occupancy approach that helps deliver diversity in income and choice to our guests. Pierpont’s and Harvey’s celebrate the traditions of fine and casual dining in grand style. Parisi and Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory give guests tasty choices for everyday and special occasions. The United States Post Office and Amtrak offer essential conveniences that harken to the very first days of Union Station. All of these partners help keep our heartbeat strong. As well, did you know over 400 people work here in partner business offices, including the KC Chamber of Commerce, KC Area Development Council, KC Area Life Sciences, United Soccer Coaches Association, Kansas City Board of Elections and many more? They each add vibrancy to our historic home. And, our live theatre and Escape Room partners expand our entertainment offerings with first-class experiences for fans of every age. We’re proud to have a robust team of partners committed to helping keep Kansas City’s historic home THE place to come back to again and again. ■


SCIENCE CITY TO GROW YOUNGER October 10th, 2017 – on the expansive ground floor of our internationally-awarded Science City – over 100 leaders from the early childhood, academic, business, civic and funding communities gathered for the unveiling of plans to greatly expand critical early childhood learning in Kansas City. To put these plans into immediate action, a significant $4 million grant from the Hall Family Foundation was announced to propel the massive $7 million initiative forward. Today, floor plans are becoming final, schedules are being aligned and conversations with interested funders are lining up. Let’s connect to discuss your interest in being part of this exciting and important project! Contact Christy Nitsche at CNitsche@UnionStation.org. ■



THANK YOU TOP 2017 DONORS & SPONSORS Union Station sincerely thanks the following 2017 top-tier corporate, foundation, and individual donors and sponsors. Your generosity and commitment to our success is greatly appreciated.

Anthony PH&C Angela Browne Memorial Contributors Ash Grove Charitable Foundation Bank of America Bank of Blue Valley in partnership with the Regnier Family Foundations Bartlett & West Bayer Healthcare LLC BioKansas Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Kansas City Blue Scope Foundation Brancato’s Burns & McDonnell Campbell Family Foundation Cerner Ceva Animal Health LLC Champion Windows Coca-Cola Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation EyeVerify Garmin General Motors H&R Block Foundation Hall Family Foundation Hallmark Corporate Foundation HNTB

Honeywell Jackson County, Missouri JE Dunn Construction Kansas City Area Life Sciences Institute Kansas City Kansas Community College Kansas City Marriott Downtown Kansas City Southern Charitable Fund Kansas City, MO Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund Katrina and Tom Henke Charitable Fund KCP&L KCPT KU Medical Center Labconco Larry Hedlund Larry Spitcaufsky Memorial Foundation Linux New Media Maker Media, Inc. Match MG US, LLC Mid-Con Management LLC Miller Nichols Charitable Foundation Missouri S&T MRIGlobal, Inc. National Geographic

Overland Park Jeep-Dodge, Norman Vialle Pierpont’s PNC Quintiles SainSmart Saint Luke’s Health System Shook, Hardy & Bacon Sigma-Aldrich Corp. (MilliporeSigma) Sprint SSICF LLC Stephen R. Pratt Charitable Fund Terracon The Aladdin Holiday Inn Hotel The Franklin Institute The Kansas City Star The Sunderland Foundation The Westin Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center Tradebot Systems Treasurer of the State of Missouri U.S. Trust, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee of Harry Wilson Loose Trust University of Missouri-Kansas City William T. Kemper 2nd Charitable Trust, KC Elder Law W-LD Legends Owner VII, L.L.C., Yelp

2018 Union Station Board of Directors Robert D. Regnier, Chairman Bank of Blue Valley Ramón Murguía, Vice Chairman Murguía Law Offices Mayor Peggy J. Dunn, Treasurer City of Leawood, KS Danette Wilson, Secretary Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Kansas City Bucky Brooks Copaken Brooks Jon Cook VML Mayor Michael Copeland City of Olathe, KS Michael R. Haverty Civic Leader R. Crosby Kemper III Kansas City Public Library Ray Kowalik Burns & McDonnell Dan Lowe Legacy Development Leo Morton DeBruce Companies Dr. Thomas Sack MRIGlobal Mayor Sly James (Ex-Officio) City of Kansas City, MO

Our Guests Say It Best . . . “Fabulous and fun learning all around Union Station. Thank you for being part of my KC!”

“We spent the entire day here. Science City. Planetarium. Extreme Screen. Model Trains. Best family field trip ever!”

- Lana G.

– Stephanie M.

“We drove from Omaha. By the end of the day, we signed up for a family membership. Our new favorite weekend trip!” – Kevin T.

George Guastello, President & CEO Union Station Kansas City, Inc.


To our nearly 9,000 Member households, thank you for your ongoing support.

Meet the Board: Ray Kowalik Ray Kowalik Chairman/CEO, Burns & McDonnell Ranked No. 16 on Fortune’s List of 100 Best Companies to Work For • Joined Union Station Kansas City Board of Directors – June 2017 “Union Station is KC history. It is the most iconic structure in KC. The community spent a lot of money to restore it to its grandeur. As a board member, it’s my responsibility to make sure that was a wise investment and that Union Station is a great place for the public. People go to Union Station to learn, be inspired, celebrate, dine, spend time with family and friends and, of course, travel. Where else can you do so much in just one place?”

Above: Courtesy: Burns & McDonnell.

Favorite Quote:

This is more of a mantra I was taught and I try to live by: ‘If you’re going to participate in something, don’t just show up – lead.’

• How do you feel your expertise will best assist the Board, thus make an impact on Union Station? “I hope I can bring the resources and talents of many Burns & McDonnell employee-owners to help make Science City the best science center in the world. Burns & Mc’s investment in Science City is to help inspire the next wave of STEM stars to stay interested and excited with the sciences. Union Station is on a roll. We need a board that continues to build on that success and create even more fun and exciting things to do at Union Station. I hope I can contribute to help with that!” • What accomplishment are you most proud of and why? “From a community perspective, by far, my favorite accomplishment is being a part of ‘Battle of the Brains’. I remember when our Foundation Director, Melissa Lavin, pitched the idea. It’s such a cool way for kids to leave their legacy at one of the most respected science centers in the world; getting other students excited about STEM. Our mission is to help inspire the next generation of STEM professionals and Science City is helping us do that every single day. Being a part of that is one of the most rewarding experiences in my career.” • Out of the office, Ray likes to invest his time and energy into organizations that support education, health and economic development. He’s the immediate past chair for United Way of Greater Kansas City, is on the Board of Directors for the Kansas City Area Development Council and Notre Dame de Sion, and serves on the executive committee of the Civic Council of Greater Kansas City, as well as the Kansas City Market Board of U.S. Bank. • Interesting Hobbies? “Although I am very tall and love basketball, I was never that good at it. But I have been an avid tennis player since my teens. To this day, I play the same person once or twice a week in a match. And I’ve kept a tally of our matches since 1989. Obviously, I’m doing well, or I wouldn’t be keeping a tally! And, my favorite family activity is boating. All of us like to go really fast on the water.” ■

Right, Top to Bottom: Kowalik congratulates winners at the 2017 Battle of the Brains IV Awards ceremony. Kowalik is presented with a polished carbon steel brass fitted Roman Centurion Helmet in honor of Science City’s great appreciation for his work with Battle of the Brains IV – 2017.



Dreams are Coming True for Grandview Elementary Students Battle of the Brains Winners’ Imaginations Turning into Reality It was a moment 16 elementary students from the Grandview

School District will never forget. On November 30, 2017, the students in the FOCUS program at the Center for Alternative Instructional Resources (CAIR) were named the grand prize winners of the fourth annual Burns & McDonnell Battle of the Brains competition. “I hopped up, jumped up and down, and cried super hard!” says Jordan Sanders, a 4th-grader in the FOCUS program. “It was the best day of my life!” Jordan and her classmates were selected out of the record-setting 820 entries in one of the largest Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) competitions in the region which includes the chance to work alongside architects and engineers from Burns & McDonnell to create their $1-million brain and human health exhibit that will be enjoyed by countless kids and families for years to come at Science City.  “The win brings a positive perception and shines a bright light on our district,” says Scott Bounds, a Grandview FOCUS teacher.  Their efforts also won the CAIR students a $50,000 grant for their school, which will be used for a new technology center. The students couldn’t be more thrilled, and attribute their success to their teamwork.  “We were all working toward the same thing,” says Gabi McBride, a Grandview student. “Even through the arguments, we knew what we wanted so it was easy to compromise.”  Grandview’s winning idea explores the brain and how it controls


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Bottom Left & Right: Pictured is a flashback to when CAIR students received a surprise visit on November 16, 2017 from both Burns & McDonnell and Union Station staff to learn they were selected as one of the Top 20 Battle of the Brains’ Finalists.

Above (pages 24-25): Grandview CAIR students, teachers and school district staff celebrate winning the grand prize of Battle of the Brains IV at the Awards Ceremony held November 30, 2017 in Union Station’s Grand Plaza. Courtesy: Bryan Fairbanks of Burns & McDonnell.

everything we do. It’s an engaging exhibit related to the brain’s affects on our five senses: sight, sound, taste, touch and smell. Devan, a Grandview student, says what he’s most looking forward to is “working with people at Burns & McDonnell and having ‘The Big Brain Theory’ come to life.”  And that’s exactly what they’re doing now. The kids are already hard at work under the mentorship of Burns & McDonnell employees. “Our goal is to not only spark an interest in STEM, but to light a fire for a career in STEM,” says Ray Kowalik, Chairman and CEO of Burns & McDonnell. “That’s why winning the competition is just the beginning. Now, the Grandview students get a front-row seat working with our researchers, architects, construction managers and engineers.”  We like to think that someday these Grandview students will visit the finished exhibit with their own children and be able to say, “Look what I did when I was your age,” proudly sharing what hard work can achieve, even at a young age.   “After ‘The Big Brain Theory’ is built, it will be an amazing reminder of great accomplishment and pride,” says FOCUS teacher Vicki Adams. “The exhibit will also remind Grandview students that it was their achievement, and hopefully our students will always know that no dream is too big and hard work and teamwork do pay off.” ■

Burns & McDonnell distributed more than $155,000 in grant money among the top 20 finalist teams. Each of the finalists received at least $2,500, with the top five winners receiving the grant amounts below. Congratulations to all of the winners! • $10,000 – “Math Mania” Alexander Doniphan Elementary, Liberty School District • $15,000 – “City of Lights” Tonganoxie High School, Tonganoxie School District • $20,000 – “The Magic of Magnets” Olathe East High School, Olathe School District • $25,000 – “Magical Me” Cordill-Mason Elementary, Blue Springs School District • $50,000 – “The Big Brain Theory” CAIR FOCUS Program, Grandview School District Follow the students’ story online at BOTBKC.com.

Above: CAIR students have their first planning meeting on January 23, 2018 with Burns & McDonnell architects and engineers for “The Big Brain Theory,” scheduled to open Spring 2019.



STEM Jobs Are on the Rise Kick Start Your Child’s Future at Science City’s 6th Annual Summer Camp June 4 – August 3 Spring has sprung and so has the moment when parents

glance at the calendar and realize only a few school months remain. Plans for summer are becoming a priority. And one popular “go to” solution is summer camp. The American Camp Association reports that each year, more than 14 million children (and adults) attend camp in the United States.* But with the evolution of a technology-driven society, just any ole’ summer camp won’t do. The future is here, and it requires a continuum of world-class STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) based camps like that of award winning Science City. With eight weeks of interactive, engaging and fun activities for kids, ages 6-12, our educators have cracked the code for summer learning. And Camp parents share that sentiment . . .

“It is hard to please both my children (8-year-old boy and 11-year-old girl),” says one Science City Summer Camp parent. “They both told me they would absolutely attend this camp again.”

“Very organized . . . I was amazed at what the kids accomplished in a week.”

“My daughter has been performing experiments at home and told me she wants to teach science as a profession.”

According to the Smithsonian Science Education Center, 2.4 million STEM jobs went unfilled in 2017, and job growth is projected to increase from 10-23% by 2020. So, there’s never been a better time to prepare your child for what could grow into a rewarding career . . . and it can all begin this summer at Science City.

“I believe this (2017) was our 5th summer. Never boring! They really know what they are doing. This will really be one of the memories we will treasure as my son grows up!” “The great thing about Science City Summer Camp is the variety of fun and engaging activities that kids get to do each day,” says LeAnn Smith, Union Station’s Director of STEM Programming and Outreach. “Camp educators integrate all aspects of STEAM learning across a wide variety of topics during summer camp, so there are activities that everyone will enjoy. From studying space and dinosaurs to inventing and free time in Science City, your child can experience it all!” “I truly feel the Science City exploration time, outside of camp classroom time, is such a huge advantage! This extra connection and learning of STEAM content in our world-class Science Center provides further inspiration for summer campers of all ages,” says Jeff Rosenblatt, Union Station’s Director of Science City Exhibits. “Even better, they get to show parents all they’ve learned during their next family visit to Science City.” Science City Summer Camp 2018 kicks off June 4. Union Station Members enjoy an 11% savings and early signup open now. SPACE IS LIMITED. Visit ScienceCity.com/ SummerCamp today! ■ *As measured last in 2013.


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Above: New Union Station Member Susan Loyacono of Mission, Kansas poses for a Holiday 2017 selfie in Grand Hall with 7-year-old son Jack Honeywell, and friends Dorian and Michelle Sanders.

“Once We Started Going, It Was Hard to Stop” New Union Station Member Shares Her Experience When Susan Loyacono’s 7-year-old son came home raving about his field trips to

Union Station, she was intrigued. “The place sounded so lively, colorful, and interactive that it felt imaginary,” Susan says. “I had to see it for myself.” And so she did. Now, she’s a frequent visitor—from playdates to nights out, Science City to world-class traveling exhibitions. “Once we started going, it was hard to stop,” she says. Union Station membership gives families like Susan’s access to exclusive perks such as free year-round admission to Science City, special discounts and more!

“I did some calculations about how much we’d save . . . and everything added up,” Susan says. Plus, Members are the first to know about new programs, exhibits and special opportunities thru Inside Track, our monthly members-only e-mail. Our members are what keep Union Station the heart of Kansas City. We’re grateful to be a place where families have gathered for over a hundred years and counting. “We value our members because they are investing not only in our programs and attractions but in helping us maintain and preserve this historic structure,” says Jerry Baber, Executive Vice President and COO of Union Station. “Our members realize that not only is the year-round value of our membership significant, but being part of such a Kansas City icon builds a sense of pride in our community. And, when new members like Susan join, there’s just no keeping that value a secret.”

“Good things are to be shared, so I’ve been inviting all my family and friends to join the Station and I encourage other members to do the same,” Susan says. “I expect to lose count of how often my family and I visit this year!” ■


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TAKE ADVANTAGE OF MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS! •Unlimited Visits to Science City, KC Rail Experience and Model Train Exhibit. Plus Free Passes to Arvin Gottlieb Planetarium.* • Special Invitations and Discounts to Member-Only Events • Holiday Benefits Including Free Mini-Train Rides • Up to 50% off Union Station Traveling Exhibition Tickets • 10% Discount at Union Station Restaurants and Retail Stores • Free General or Discounted Admission to 300+ Science Museums Worldwide* • Discounted Rates and Early Sign Up on Science City Summer Camp • 20% Off on Science City Birthday Party Packages • Special Rates to Maker Faire KC and City Stage Theatre Productions • AND SO MUCH MORE!

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Roy Inman has been the Photo Historian of Union Station since 1994, amassing a collection of tens of thousands of images created before, during and after the restoration of America’s second-largest rail terminal.

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This image recreation was taken in 1996 after voter approval of a bi-state sales tax to pay for renovation of Union Station. Courtesy: ROY INMAN PHOTOGRAPHS©



Meet “The Train Kid” One of Union Station’s Youngest Volunteers traditional pursuits, 11-year-old Parker Presley is at Union Station serving as a volunteer. “I like getting to meet everyone,” he says. “Everyone is so nice and I like that I get to play with these amazing trains.” Parker is one of the youngest volunteers at Union Station, and has been helping in the Model Rail exhibit since he was 6 years old. From weekly upkeep to assisting with the annual holiday display, he thoroughly enjoys it all. “We always thought this would be a passing phase,” says his mom, Sandra Bridges. “He doesn’t do sports and he’s just gone full throttle with trains.” Lucky for us. We’re grateful for volunteers like Parker. In fact, this April for Volunteer Appreciation Month, we will celebrate all those who helped log more than 31,000 total volunteer hours in 2017. “I am constantly humbled by how generous our volunteers are with their time and talent. They truly love this second home here at the Station,” says Stacie Moody, Volunteer Engagement Supervisor. “And they inspire us every day, no matter their age or interest.” Volunteers of all ages are vitally important to Union Station. If you or someone you know would like to explore volunteer opportunities, go online to UnionStation.org/Volunteers or contact Stacie Moody at 816-460-2075. Need a little inspiration to explore volunteer options? Look no further than our own “Train Kid.” Parker’s infectious smile and winning attitude will convince you to spend a little of your time helping keep Kansas City’s Favorite Historical Attraction rolling along. All aboard! ■


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Above: “Train Kid” Volunteer Parker Presley assists Veteran Model Rail Exhibit Volunteer Ted Tschirhart.


• 124 Active Volunteers • 31,708 Volunteer Hours • 15 Full-Time Equivalents • $747,040 Economic Impact

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