Truly 150 Cruise Winner Announcement

The Truly 150 Committee partnered with the Lee’s Summit Symphony for the “Holiday Magic & Memories” performances this past weekend as the grand finale to a great Sesquicentennial! During the Friday performance, the announcement of the cruise winner was made as SHAUNA KUZNIAKOUSKI. The tickets were sold throughout the year to raise funds for the Sesquicentennial events. The package includes a 7-night Caribbean Cruise for two on one of Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines ships.

Ms. Kuzniakouski will officially accept the prize on Wednesday, December 16, 2015 at Aldelman Vacations, 300 SW Ward Rd, at 3 p.m. Kuzniakouski purchased the winning ticket at the Lee’s History Museum and is a resident of Lee’s Summit.

For more information about the winner, visit All proceeds from the sales benefit the Truly 150 Committee and the Historical Society of Lee’s Summit.

Holiday Magic & Memories – Dec. 11 & 12

  • Dec. 11-12: Holiday Magic & Memories | LS High School | Dec. 11 @ 7 p.m. | Dec. 12 @ 4 and 7 p.m.

You can’t miss the finale to the Sesquicentennial celebration at Lee’s Summit High School! Featuring performances by the Lee’s Summit Symphony, Truly 150 Choir, Heartland Children’s choir, Steppin’ Out dancers and a  special composition by Lee’s Summit High School Alumni Kevin Hartnett.

Volunteers of the Truly 150 celebration will be recognized.

Cruise Ticket winner to be announced Friday!

Tickets for all three events can be purchased at

Performance Order:

Act 1

  • Opening – “Everything’s coming up Lee’s Summit” – Adaptation of “Everything’s Coming Up Roses.”  We will be involving the Truly 150 Steering Committee, members of the various committees, and volunteers throughout the year.
  • These people will be referred as the “League of Champions.”  They will parade through the aisles and be recognized.  Symphony, Choirs, and Dancers will be involved.
  • Imbawkwa – a riveting piece that was performed at Celebrate 150.  Will feature the orchestra, choir, and Jen Balagna, dancer.
  • I Hear America Singing – featuring the Heartland Children’s Choir, Verna Brummett, Director, along with the Symphony
  • Strother Portrait – featuring LSHS Alumni Kevin Hartnett, guest conductor and composer.
  • Thanks for the Memories – a tribute to Lee’s Summit’s 150th Sesquicentennial Celebration.  Symphony, and slide show.Act 2
  • Many Moods of Christmas, featuring the choirs, symphony.
  • Radestsky’s March – Choirs will exit clapping on this piece.
  • Stille Nacht – Symphony
  • Dance of the Tumblers – Dancers from Steppin’ Out.  Children’s chorus will enter
  • Torah Orah – Heartland Children’s Choir with orchestra
  • Holly Jolly Sing-a-long – Children’s choir, dancers, Olaf from Frozen, Orchestra, and Truly 150 Chorus will enter from back of auditorium and position themselves in the aisles.
  • Encore:  Sleigh-ride

Community Invited to Founder’s Day Party on the Patio, Unveiling of Sesquicentennial Time Capsule Sculpture

This Free Event is 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18, at City Hall Plaza, 220 SE Green St. 

As the Truly 150 Lee’s Summit Sesquicentennial nears the end of its year-long celebration, the community is invited to Founder’s Day Party on the Patio, which will honor those whose vision created what is today Lee’s Summit. The free event is from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18, at City Hall Plaza, 220 SE Green St., and will feature food, drinks, music and more. Lee’s Summit was founded officially on Oct. 28, 1865.

Highlights of the Founder Day Celebration include the unveiling of the new public art piece that was commissioned to house the Sesquicentennial time capsule, to be opened in 2065, during the city’s Bicentennial Celebration. Lee’s Summit artist Dave Eames, owner of Fossil Forge Metalworks in downtown Lee’s Summit, created the sculpture, which is being installed on the City Hall Plaza.

The Founders Day program begins at 4:15 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18, with the Presentation of Colors and the National Anthem. Emcee James Wright will lead attendees through the eras of Lee’s Summit’s past 150 year, followed by the sculpture unveiling.

Prior to the official program, the Village Musicians, Old time Music will perform, and following the program, a combo of members from Lee’s Summit high schools’ jazz bands will entertain.

Hy-Vee is catering the event, and there is no charge to the public for food, soda and water. Embrace the Grape will offer beer for $1 and wine for $2.

The Truly 150 Committee is putting on display the items for consideration of placement in the new time capsule. Attendees at the Founder’s Day celebration will have the opportunity to see these items inside City Hall during the event. The committee also will have merchandise and raffle tickets for a chance to win a cruise available for purchase.

In addition, the Historical Society of Lee’s Summit’s new book will be available for the first time during the Founder’s Day event. Attendees can purchase the “History of Lee’s Summit 1865-2015” book for $40.

The raffle drawing winner of the cruise will be announced during the last Truly 150 events of 2015, which are the Holiday Magic & Memories performances at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11, and 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, at Lee’s Summit High School. The concerts will feature performances from the Lee’s Summit Symphony, Truly 150 Choir, Heartland Children’s Choir, Steppin’ Out dancers and a special composition from Lee’s Summit High School alumni Kevin Hartnett.

The Lee’s Summit R-7 School District also is recognizing the 1865 founding of Lee’s Summit. Students throughout the school district are learning more about the community’s history thanks to the efforts of district staff members, community leaders and a local historian. The R-7 Social Studies Department created grade-level lessons for students from kindergarten through 12th grade. These lessons are taking place during October throughout the district’s 28 schools.

Social studies teachers worked closely with Kathy Smith, executive director of the Historical Society of Lee’s Summit Museum, to develop lessons focusing on Lee’s Summit’s history.

“Beginning in fall 2015, teachers will share either one of the general lessons or grade-level lessons with students. This is an exciting step forward for R-7 social studies and the Lee’s Summit community,” said Paula Keltner, R-7 social studies teacher and curriculum specialist for grades 7 through 12.

Two lessons were created including an overview of Lee’s Summit’s past 150 years, which includes history and images for classroom instruction and discussion. The second lesson, called “Digging into History: Lee’s Summit Historical Cemetery,” was developed for middle-school and high-school students and includes inquiry-based learning using the historical cemetery. The lessons connect to specific content included in the various grade levels.

Smith met with the teachers several times to discuss Lee’s Summit history and share information available through the Historical Society records. In addition, the local historian is available for living history classroom lessons related to World War I.

We need your help!! No event goes off without those working diligently behind the scenes. If you can spare an hour or two on October 18, please go online and sign up by clicking:


Medallion Update

Did you nominate someone to receive a Truly 150 Medallion for their contributions to the community?

The Truly 150 Medallion subcommittee has selected the awardees, and the awardees will receive their medallions by mail. The Truly 150 Steering Committee has decided not to announce the awardees publicly so as not to offend anyone who was not selected. The medallions will be sent out prior to our Founder’s Day celebration on October 18, 2015.  Visit the Calendar for more details on the upcoming events.

Celebrate 150! Parade and Evening Extravaganza

celebrate logoJoin us for the Celebrate 150! Parade and Evening Extravaganza on August 1!

Join us for a birthday-themed Parade in downtown Lee’s Summit!   Line up is at 8 a.m. at the Lee’s Summit High School parking lot. The Celebrate 150! Parade will begin at 10 a.m. and travel from the school to Douglas, north to 3rd Street, then continue east on 3rd to Green, south on Green to SE 8th Street, returning to the High School parking lot.
Celebrate 150! Evening Extravaganza 

The Evening Extravaganza will bring together music, melodies and memories with a variety of local organizations with dance and musical performances. KMBC Channel 9 Meteorologist Erin Little, a Lee’s Summit native, will be on hand to entertain the crowd. The Trumpet Fanfare will offer its musical manner and local celebrities Matt Lewis and Drew Six will also be performing!

A fireworks show will dazzle and delight the crowd as Lee’s Summit continues to celebrate being Truly 150 years old!

We need a few adult volunteers to make sure the evening goes smoothly! We will feature VIP parking to help our performers get easy access to post adult volunteers at the street and at the immediate entrance to the fenced parking lot. Signs will let people know that these are VIP Only Entrances.  You will need to be in place by 5:30, wrapping up in time to see the show at 7:30.

Volunteer opportunities are available, please sign up today at