Grant Renne & Sons to present program on moving the 1855 Harris-Kearney House Museum to its present location

Westport Historical Society News Release

Contact: Jennifer McKeithen, Executive Director
(816) 561-1821

Westport Historical Society
4000 Baltimore, Kansas City, MO 64111
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A Kansas City company educates Westport about an important monument

On September 14, Grant Renne & Sons will come to the Westport Library to talk about moving the 1855 Harris-Kearney House in 1922. Originally located at the corner of Main Street and Westport Road, this important landmark of Westport history was to be demolished in order to make improvements to Main Street. Julia Kearney Wornall and her friends responded by raising $1,000 to buy the house, and then raising another $5,000 to have it moved to its current location at 40th and Baltimore. This was no easy feat, since it is a two-story brick mansion, with a double level ell addition as large as the original house itself.

So how did they do that? This and other questions will be answered on September 14 by Ross Renne, a 5th generation family member of Grant Renne & Sons. The talk will be held at the Westport Public Library at 2 pm, followed by a reception at the 1855 Harris-Kearney House Museum across the street.

The Westport Public Library is located at 118 Westport Road, in Kansas City, MO.

About Grant Renne and Sons
Grant Renne & Sons has been an active participant in the growth and evolution of the greater Kansas City area. George N. Renne founded the business in 1873, and provided a solid base for its future growth. The company is most famous for installing the piers beneath the Chiefs’ and Royals’ stadiums at the Truman Sports Complex. Today, Grant Renne & Sons continues to provide quality work for all types of foundation problems. It is led by Grant U. Renne III, who is the great grandson of George N. Renne.

For more information, visit their website: http://www.grantrenne.com.

About the 1855 Harris-Kearney House Museum and the Westport Historical Society
Located at 4000 Baltimore, in Kansas City, MO, the 1855 Harris-Kearney House is the oldest remaining residence in Kansas City. The house was built by the Harris family in 1855, and is now a museum owned and operated by the Westport Historical Society. The WHS was founded in 1956 to promote, preserve, and foster public interest in the significant history of Westport, Missouri, the Town of Kansas, and Missouri, as well as their founders.

The 1855 Harris-Kearney House Museum is open for tours Wednesday-Saturday, from 1-5pm. For more information, visit our website, www.westporthistorical.com. Contact us at 816-561-1821, westporthistorical@gmail.com, or find us on Facebook.

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