Crossroads of Conflict  |

Contested Visions of Freedom & The Missouri-Kansas Border Wars

Housing and Meals

Housing is available at the modern Herman and Dorothy Johnson Residence Hall, 5000 Oak St. just west of the UMKC campus and east of the Country Club Plaza. The Residence Hall is air conditioned with two-bedroom suites connected by a shared bath. Each room has a refrigerator and microwave and each person will receive one set of linens. Each floor has a full kitchen with stovetop range and oven. You have the following choice on on-campus accommodations:

Double room (with roommate)  $26.63
Double room as a single in a 2 room suite  $34.07
Please note that there will be very limited availability of double rooms as singles.
Rates above are from 2014. Updated rates will be posted ASAP.

If you wish to share a room, please indicate your roommate’s name. If you would like help in finding a roommate, please indicate this on the housing form.

The alternative to residence hall housing is the newly renovated Extended Stay America at 4545 Main Street, about 5 blocks from the UMKC campus. Rooms there range from $79 to $100 per day and are available before, after, and during the workshop sessions. The telephone number for Extended Stay America is 816-531-2212. Reservations will be on a first come basis.

If you will be driving and parking on campus, you may purchase parking at the Residence Hall for $13 per week. View Campus Map with Parking

There is free Wi-Fi available in the Student Union on the days that we have lectures in the classroom there. In addition, several of the restaurants within four blocks of the dorm provide free Wi-Fi. You may purchase a UMKC login for $30. This will allow you to use any UMKC computer and access the UMKC Wi-Fi in the dorms and on campus.

The Meal Fee of $150 includes 2 dinners, 4 lunches, 5 breakfasts and snacks. All participants will be charged this fee. Be sure to let us know if you have any dietary restrictions.

For those who wish to use UMKC's Swinney Recreation Center, one week passes are available for $15 to be purchased at the Swinney front desk. Hours are 6:00 AM- 10:00PM Monday through Thursday, 6:00AM - 8:00PM Friday.


Please be mindful of the workshop schedule when booking arrival and departure flights. We recommend booking your flight to arrive in Kansas City by 2 p.m. on Sunday and your return flight after 6 p.m. on Friday.

By Air

The Kansas City International Airport (MCI) is located about 30 minutes from the University of Missouri-Kansas City campus and is serviced by most major airlines.

There is a shuttle service from the airport to the campus. After collecting your luggage, go to the Super/Shuttle ticket counters and ticketing kiosks located next to each baggage claim area. You should purchase tickets before proceeding to the outside curb boarding location. Tickets are $24.00 one way or $43.00 round trip. For more information, (877) 300-4826 or on the web: Contact the shuttle company in advance if you plan to use their services.
In addition, there are taxicabs available at the curb. One way fares are about $60.00.

By Car

From the East: Follow I-70 West to the Van Brunt Boulevard exit. Take the Van Brunt exit and turn left. Continue south, taking a slight right onto Emanuel Cleaver II Boulevard. Continue on Emanuel Cleaver for several miles then take a left at Euclid Avenue. Take the first right onto Swope Parkway. Veer right onto Volker Boulevard. Turn left at Oak Street. The dormitory is located at 5000 Oak Street.

From the West: Follow I-70 east to I-670 east to I-35 south. On I-35 move to the left lane just past the I-70 exit and then exit onto Southwest Trafficway. Follow it to 47th Street, a major intersection at the bottom of the hill. Turn left onto 47th Street. Continue through the Country Club Plaza through five more stoplights. The sixth stoplight is Oak Street. Turn right onto Oak. The dormitory is located at 5000 Oak Street.

From the North/Airport: Follow I-29 South to Kansas City until it joins I-35 north of the Missouri River. Stay on I-35 through the downtown loop and move to the left lane past the I-70 exit. Take the Southwest Trafficway exit and follow directions listed above.

From the South: Take I-35 North to Shawnee Mission Parkway and exit right. Turn right (east) at the top of the exit. Stay in the lane second from the left and bear left after State-Line Road. Continue down Shawnee Mission Parkway for several miles until it becomes Ward Parkway which will take you to the Country Club Plaza. Ward Parkway will become Volker Boulevard. Go the intersection with Oak Street. Turn right (south) onto Oak. The dormitory is at 5000 Oak.

> Interactive City Map

Temperature and Clothing

June and July temperatures in Kansas City are usually in the 80s and 90s during the day and the 60s and 70s in the evening. The humidity can be relatively high. Bring clothes and shoes that are comfortable for walking.

> Current Weather Conditions


Crossroads Scholars will be expected to read the assigned materials before coming to Kansas City. The readings will provide a historical framework for understanding the topics addressed during the workshop. These materials will be provided on the password protected section of the Crossroads of Conflict website or mailed to participants in early May.

> Download the Bibliography

One of the main objectives of the Crossroads of Conflict workshop is to use the information and experience acquired in order to produce classroom materials that will be useful to participants, their students, and other educators. To this end we require that each participant create and share lesson plans that use documents and/or concepts learned during the workshop week.

> Selection of Lesson Plans from Past Workshops

Earning Graduate Credit

A Certificate of Participation will be provided to all workshop participants. Three Continuing Education Units are available at in-state tuition rates. Three units of graduate credit in American History are available for approximately $1000. An appropriate final project, supervised by a member of the program faculty, will be required for graduate credit.

If you are interested in taking the workshop for graduate credit, you should contact Mary Ann Wynkoop or Diane Mutti Burke for information about registering. Please be sure to identify yourself as a NEH scholar, as this course is not available to regular UMKC students.

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Contact Us

NEH Border Wars
203 Cockefair Hall
University of Missouri-Kansas City
5121 Rockhill Rd
Kansas City, MO 64110

SUMMER 2017 Workshops
June 25 - June 30
July 9 - July 14

Sponsored by the
UMKC Center for Midwestern Studies

Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities

Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this website do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.