“A Tale of Two Cities: Independence and Arrow Rock in late 19th Century Missouri” is offered to the community by the Friends of the National Frontier Trails Museum July 15 through 17. The hours are 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday.

The focus will be on how the two river communities adjusted to the dramatic social, economic, and political changes that occurred in the half-century after the Civil War. A day-long bus tour to Arrow Rock with special programing is included, followed by two days of lectures and site investigations in Independence. Text and reading materials provided.

The National Frontier Trails Museum is located at 318 W. Pacific Ave., Independence. A $50 activity fee and advance reservations are required. Two graduate credits are offered to teachers through UMKC, $50 per credit hour. For more information and to register, call 816-325-7575.