2024 LAMPHHS Annual Meeting, May 8-9 (Kansas City)

For the third time since the founding of ALHHS in 1976, Kansas City is delighted to host the LAMPHHS annual meeting on May 8-9, 2024. Register for the conference, individual tours, and events here. The program schedule is available here.

Conference Hotel

The official conference hotel is the Westin Kansas City at Crown Center, 1 East Pershing Road, Kansas City, MO 64108. It is located in Crown Center, a shopping and entertainment district adjacent to the KC Streetcar, National World War I Memorial, Union Station, and Crossroads Arts District.

Rooms are available from May 8-May 11 at $179 per night plus tax. Please call (816) 474-4400 (press 1, then ask to speak to an associate). Tell the associate that you are booking through the American Association for the History of Medicine room block. Be aware that the cut off for the special rate for the hotel is April 8.

Other hotels in the area include:

  • Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center
  • Home2Suites Kansas City Downtown
  • Hotel Indigo Kansas City – the Crossroads


Getting to Kansas City

Situated about 20 miles north of downtown, Kansas City is served by Kansas City International Airport. It opened its brand-new single terminal in February 2023. KCI is served by a number of major airlines, including Air Canada, American Airlines, Delta, Frontier, JetBlue, Southwest, and United Airlines.

There is no direct shuttle from KCI Airport to the Westin Crown Center. They suggest using a taxi or app-based ride service such as Lyft or Uber ($25-$60), or a shuttle service such as SuperShuttle ($46-$55). There is a new app-based, on-demand ride service called Iris provided by the city of Kansas City, MO, in partnership with the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority and a number of local ride-share services. It offers low-cost rides on the Missouri side of the city, with fares as low as $10 from the airport to the Westin Kansas City at Crown Center. Additional options can be found at the Visit KC website.

Amtrak: For those travelling regionally, both the Southwest Chief and Missouri River Runner stop at Union Station Kansas City—just a 4 minute walk from the Westin Crown Center. More information can be found at the Amtrak website.

For those driving, on-site parking at the Westin Crown center is $25 per day.

Getting Around

KC is a city designed around the automobile–thus it is easily navigated by rental car and App-based ride services like Lyft and Uber. The bus system serves much of the metropolitan area and is free but can be inconsistent and is not recommended for time-sensitive activities. There is a new app-based, on-demand ride service called Iris provided by the city of Kansas City, MO which offers low-cost rides on the Missouri side of the state line.

The conference hotel is located adjacent to the first stop of the KC Streetcar, the first completed branch of a new streetcar system. It is free to ride, connecting the Crown Center/Union Station area with the KC Crossroads Art District, Power and Light District, Central Business District, and the River Market.

For the Annual Meeting at KU Medical Center and optional tours, shuttles and Uber vouchers will be provided.

Wednesday Night Dinner

The Annual Meeting Wednesday Night Dinner will be held at Lidia’s Kansas City in the historic Freight House in the Crossroads Arts District. Founded by chef Lidia Bastianich, the “first lady of Italian cuisine,” in 1998, Lidia’s evokes the warmth of an old Italian farmhouse. The Freight house is a 10-minute walk through Union Station and over the Freight House Pedestrian Bridge. We will be dining in The Loft space upstairs, with breathtaking views of the landmark Western Auto building and downtown KC. Vegetarian and gluten free options will be available. Accessible by stairs and elevator.

Tours

The local arrangements committee will provide group Uber transportation to Linda Hall Library, the Toy & Miniature Museum, and the Clendening Library. Please reserve a spot on the those tours and note that transportation is a separate purchase. All registration options are available here, make sure to choose the appropriate selection for your transportation needs.

The National World War I Museum and Memorial – unlimited attendance, $10 per person, May 8th, 2-4 PM

Experience a behind-the-scenes tour of the National World War I Museum and Memorial’s archives and museum collections led by Chief Curator Chris Warren. Afterwards, tour the Museum’s two main galleries featuring exhibitions on the beginning of the Great War prior to U.S. involvement and the United States’s military and civilian involvement in the war and efforts for peace.

The National World War I Museum and Memorial in Kansas City, Missouri, was opened in 1926 as the Liberty Memorial. In 2004, the United States Congress designated it as the country’s official war memorial and museum dedicated to World War I. The museum is a brief, 10 minute walk from the Westin Kansas City at Crown Center conference hotel.

Find more information about the National World War I Museum and Memorial here: https://www.theworldwar.org/

Linda Hall Library – 15 person limit, Free to attend, $10 transportation fee, May 8th, 2-4 PM

Tour the Linda Hall Library reading room and exhibit galleries and take part in an up-close viewing of rare highlights from the Library’s rare book collection.

The Linda Hall Library is a privately endowed library of science, engineering, and technology located in a 14-acre urban arboretum on the campus of the University of Missouri – Kansas City near the historic Country Club Plaza. It is the largest independently funded public library of science, engineering and technology in North America and among the largest science libraries in the world with a collection of over 2 million items. Transportation will be provided for attendees of the Linda Hall Library and National Museum of Toys and Miniatures tours. Find more information about the Linda Hall Library here: https://www.lindahall.org/

National Museum of Toys and Miniatures20 person limit, $7 per person, $10 transportation fee, May 8th, 2-4 PM

Experience a rare, behind-the-scenes tour of the National Museum of Toys and Miniatures led by Curator Amy McKune and Collections Manager Calleen Carver. Afterwards, enjoy a self-guided tour of the museum’s 33,000 square foot exhibit space featuring a collection of more than 72,000 objects.

The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures is located on the campus of the University of Missouri – Kansas City near the historic Country Club Plaza. At its origin, the Museum combined the toy collection of Mary Harris Francis with the fine miniature collection of Barbara Hall Marshall; the two women were avid collectors as well as lifelong friends. The Museum today boasts the world’s largest collection of fine-scale miniatures and one of the nation’s largest collections of antique toys on public display. Transportation will be provided for attendees of the Linda Hall Library and National Museum of Toys and Miniatures tours.

Find more information about the National Museum of Toys and Miniatures here: https://toyandminiaturemuseum.org/

Clendening History of Medicine Library and Museum – 12 person limit, Free to attend, $5 transportation fee, May 9th, 4:30-6 PM

Tour the Clendening History of Medicine Library reading room and Museum exhibits and take part in an up-close viewing of rare highlights from the Library and Museum collections led by Manager of Historical Collections Jamie Rees and Special Collections Librarian Emma Malinee.

Founded by Dr. Logan Clendening in 1939, the Clendening History of Medicine Library and Museum is home to the rare book library and special collections of the Department of History and Philosophy of Medicine in the School of Medicine at the University of Kansas Medical Center. With over 45,000 volumes, today the Clendening History of Medicine Library houses one of the nation’s finest collections of rare, historical medical books and manuscripts.

Find more information about the Clendening History of Medicine Library and Museum here: https://clendening.kumc.edu

Meeting Venue

The annual meeting will be held in the Health Education Building at the University of Kansas Medical Center, 3901 Rainbow Blvd., Kansas City, KS. Opened in 2017, the HEB (pronounced “H-E-B” by some and “Heb” by others) is a state-of-the art facility that serves as the primary teaching venue for the KU Schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Health Professions. The HEB is the newest building on the KUMC Campus.


Health Education Building at the University of Kansas Medical Center, viewed from the south.

The AAHM Annual Meeting will be taking place from May 9-12, 2024.

Kansas or Missouri?

You may be aware that there is both a Kansas City, Missouri, and a Kansas City, Kansas. The first city was founded at the confluence of the Kansas (Kaw) River and the Missouri River in the 1830s as a riverboat station and outfitting stop for settlers travelling the Santa Fe Trail. Settlements grew up in the area on both sides of the state line, with the City of Kansas, Missouri being incorporated in 1853 and Kansas City, Kansas in 1872. The City of Kansas was renamed Kansas City, Missouri in 1889. The airport, conference hotel, and dinner venue are on the Missouri side; the University of Kansas Medical Center is on the Kansas side. So the answer is: both.


Nighttime view of the Kansas City skyline and Union Station from the National World War I Memorial.

About Kansas City

Kansas City is sometimes known as the “Paris of the Plains”—either for its scenic system of parks and boulevards and cultural scene, or its colorful history as a “wide-open town” during the Prohibition era 1920s and 30s. Either way, the city embodies a distinctive blend of Midwestern charm and cosmopolitan amenities. Straddling the borders of Kansas and Missouri at the confluence of the Kansas and Missouri Rivers, the metropolitan area encompasses a diverse range of communities, each contributing to the unique character of the region.

At its heart, KC is home to a rich cultural scene with world-class museums, art galleries, and theaters. Mid-town boasts the iconic Country Club Plaza, known for its Spanish-inspired architecture and upscale shopping, which adds a touch of elegance to the cityscape. Nearby is the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, known for its encyclopedic collection of art from nearly every continent and culture, but especially for its extensive collection of Asian art. And just down the street you can find the Linda Hall Library, one of the world’s leading independent science research libraries.

The city’s 18th & Vine Jazz District pays homage to its historic role in the development of jazz music, featuring lively music venues such as The Blue Room and the Gem Theater–both affiliated with the American Jazz Museum. Adjacent you will find the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, which stewards the story of Negro league baseball in America; and the Black Archives of Mid-America, which documents the social, economic, political, and cultural histories of persons of African American descent in the region.

Downtown, the inaugural branch of the KC Streetcar line connects several unique neighborhoods and districts at the heart of the city. Beginning with Union Station, Crown Center, and the National World War I Memorial, it travels north to the Crossroads Arts District: a neighborhood full boutique shops, one-of-a-kind restaurants, creative businesses, studios and art galleries. It also features a high concentration of craft breweries, unofficially dubbed “Brewer’s Alley.” Also located in the Crossroads is the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, home of the Kansas City Symphony, Kansas City Ballet, and Lyric Opera of Kansas City. Next is the Power & Light District, known for its concerts, restaurants, and nightlife. At the edge of the Power & Light District is the central branch of the Kansas City Public Library Public Library Central Branch. You may be familiar with the row of giant books adorning its parking structure along 10th Street. Housed in the former First National Bank building, it is also the home of the Missouri Valley Room, which contains a wide collection of items related to Kansas City local history. The streetcar terminates at the City Market, the oldest portion of the city. Here you can sample cuisines from across the world and navigate through farmer’s market stalls stocked with fresh produce. It is also the home of the Steamboat Arabia Museum, which displays pristinely preserved artifacts recovered from the site of a sunken riverboat from 1856. If you continue one block north and venture onto the Town of Kansas Bridge, you will find lookout point where you can view the “Big Muddy” (Missouri River), as well as brand new CPKC Stadium–home of the KC Current women’s soccer team and the world’s first stadium purpose-built for women’s professional soccer.

Kansas City is renowned for its barbecue, and the metro area is a haven for food enthusiasts seeking mouthwatering smoked meats and flavorful sauces. Big names include Arthur Bryant’s Barbeque, Gate’s Bar-B-Q, Fiorella’s Jackstack Barbecue, and Joe’s KC (formerly Oklahoma Joe’s). The city’s culinary scene extends beyond barbecue, with a growing number of diverse and innovative dining options. Notable examples include Baba’s Pantry, a Palestinian American café recently voted by Bon Appetit Magazine as one of America’s 10 best new restaurants, and the Kansas City, Kansas Taco Trail, a guide through 60 local taquerias featuring street tacos, Tex-Mex style tacos, and more.

Sports enthusiasts find plenty to cheer about with the city being home to enthusiastic fan bases for both the Kansas City Chiefs football (NFL); the Kansas City Royals (MLB) and Kansas City Monarchs baseball teams; and two major-league soccer teams: Sporting KC (MLS) and the KC Current (NWSL). The lively sports culture extends to college sports, perhaps most notably the “Border War” rivalry between the University of Kansas Jayhawks and the University of Missouri Tigers.

 

LAMPHHS 2024 Program Committee

Paula Summerly, Chair
Old Red Medical Museum, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Contact

Amanda L. Mahoney
Dittrick Medical History Center, Case Western Reserve University, Contact

Sheridan Sayles
Nathan Cummings Center Library, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Contact

Susan Sacharski
Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Contact

Gabrielle Barr
Office of NIH History and Stetten Museum, Contact

LAMPHHS 2024 Local Arrangement Committee

Jamie Rees, Co-chair
University of Kansas Medical Center, Contact

Alex Welborn, Co-chair
University of Kansas Medical Center, Contact

Emma Malinee
University of Kansas Medical Center, Contact

Carrie Meyer
University of Nebraska Medical Center, Contact

Angela He
Washington University in St. Louis, Contact

Sarah Bush
Washington University in St. Louis, Contact

Elisabeth Brander
Washington University in St. Louis, Contact