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.

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