The courthouse where thousands of new Americans have taken their naturalization oaths is also home to a comprehensive exhibit on immigrants in Kansas.


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Daily, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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500 State Avenue
Kansas City, KS 66101
Phone: 913-735-2200
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Museum

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On the sixth floor of the Dole Courthouse, just down the hall from where large naturalization ceremonies take place several times a year, is "Americans By Choice." This exhibit shows why and how immigrants qualify to become naturalized U.S. citizens. In the years following the Civil War, Kansas had the highest rate of immigration in the nation, much of it from abroad.

Photographs, documents, maps, and a video produced with recently-arrived area immigrants bring the subject to life. There's even a sample citizenship exam you can take.

Today, some 2,400 individuals become naturalized U.S. citizens in Kansas every year. The Kansas Naturalization website lists the dates of upcoming ceremonies for inducting new U.S. citizens.

The courthouse does have a security gate; photo ID is required.

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