Just outside the western city limits of Independence are the neighborhoods of northeast Kansas City. A short drive down Independence Avenue leads to areas of our city next door that bear striking similarities to northwestern Independence.

Just outside the western city limits of Independence are the neighborhoods of northeast Kansas City. A short drive down Independence Avenue leads to areas of our city next door that bear striking similarities to northwestern Independence. 

These areas that share a main thoroughfare and straddle a city boundary have a common bond in their rich histories, unique character and vision. Like western Independence, the old northeast section of K.C. has organized and united to preserve its heritage and bring about positive change for its residents and business owners.  Perhaps best known for its churches, the elegant homes in the Pendelton Heights and Scarritt Renaissance neighborhoods and the scenic Cliff Drive, Northeast is a place to explore and gain inspiration. 

Throughout the month of November the Kansas City Museum located at 3218 Gladstone Blvd. in the heart of the old northeast offers opportunities to enjoy and appreciate the treasures of one of Kansas City’s oldest and most eclectic regions. 

Halloween evening from 5 - 8 the museum will host trick-or-treating along Gladstone Blvd. Certainly replete with ghosts and spirits, the old northeast provides a delightfully eerie setting for a memorable family outing. The Scarritt Renaissance Neighborhood Association has designated more than 15 “safe houses” open to ghouls and goblins aged 12 and under.

Each month the museum hosts “First Sunday Family Fun Day” which introduces young children and their parents to the history, art and architecture of Corinthian Hall.

In addition to tours, crafts and activities, the November 1st program will pay tribute to George Kessler’s “City Beautiful” movement. Created in 1890, the design laid out a magnificently landscaped parks and boulevard system for Kansas City. Kessler’s plan including the park that bears his name can be viewed from the museum.

November 1st is also the date for the Cliff Hanger Run along spectacular Cliff Drive. The annual event gives runners and walkers the chance to experience one of America’s designated “Scenic Byways” by participating in a 5 or 8K route. Registration is being accepted online at www.cliffhangerrun.com or by visiting Garry Gribbles Running Sports at the Ward Parkway Center. 

Presented by the Kansas City Track Club, proceeds from the event benefit Neighbor to Neighbor, Gladstone Elementary School and Special Olympics. Cost of registration includes a t-shirt and breakfast following the race.

Collectors and preservations will want to attend the Preservation Workshop on November 15th at the museum to learn how to properly present personal artifacts for display. Lead by preservation professional Ryan Schaub, the 60-minute workshop will offer instruction on appropriate materials and practices for constructing visually appealing mounts and holders for various collectibles. The event will be held at 2 p.m. and cost is $8 for members, $10 for non-members.

For additional information on the vast variety of programs and exhibits offered by the Kansas City Museum, visit www.unionstation.org/KansasCityMuseum or call 816-483-8300.