The historical significance of the townsite of Quindaro, Kansas, is an established but growing topic thanks to the diligent work of enthusiasts and the site’s listing on the National Register of Historic Places. The history of the community is essential to the telling of the larger national story of abolitionist and antislavery politics in the Civil War era, race relations, women’s suffrage, native peoples, the Civil War in the West, and other significant stories of our nation.

This symposium, scheduled for April 19-21, 2018, in Kansas City, Kansas, will contribute to the process of designating the ruins of Quindaro as a National Historic Landmark that will encourage new research, bring this scholarship to a broader public audience, and facilitate discussions about the future of the Quindaro site.

Since the keynote address and the symposium sessions are in two different locations, participants will need to register
for the keynote and the symposium sessions separately. Admission to both symposium events is free.

The symposium kicks off with a keynote address by Dr. Quintard Taylor, Thursday, April 19, 6-8 p.m. at the Kansas City Public Library's Central Library, 14 W 10th Street, Kansas City, Missouri. To register to attend Dr. Taylor’s keynote address.

On Friday and Saturday, April 20-21, the symposium sessions will be held at Memorial Hall, 600 North 7th Street Trafficway, Kansas City, Kansas. Formal registration for the Quindaro Symposium has closed. You may still sign up for the symposium, however we can't guarantee lunch will be available. We do ask that you please click the “Sign Up to Attend” button below, and complete the form so we will have a seat for you.

Below are important details for symposium participants:

  • A symposium schedule can be viewed by clicking on the Symposium Schedule button below. Please take a moment to review the schedule for start times, presentation information, and more!
  • Limited parking is available on the streets adjacent to Memorial Hall. On Friday, Muffler Mart (518 N. 7th St.) is providing 30 parking spaces, and the city is providing 30 free parking spaces in the lower level of Lot 3 (Barnett & N. 6th).  The rest of that lot costs $3/hr (max. 8 hours). On Saturday, Muffler Mart will provide 60 parking spaces, and free parking is available at the city’s Lot 3 and the City Hall Health Center lot.
  • Check-in for the symposium will be from 8-9 a.m. on both Friday and Saturday. When you arrive at Memorial Hall, please check in at the Registration Table to receive your name badge, lunch tickets, and more.  If you are participating in the symposium on both Friday and Saturday, it will be important that you have your name badge, lunch tickets, etc. with you on both days.
  • During the symposium, an Exhibit Gallery with wonderful displays highlighting the rich history of Quindaro will be available for your enjoyment. Because the Exhibit Gallery will be located in the same space as the rest of the symposium, the Exhibit Gallery will be open and active during break times only.  Outside of break times, we ask that the Exhibit Gallery be inactive in order to respect the ongoing presentations. Also, for the safety of the items on display, we ask that everyone refrain from touching the items and that there be no food or drink in the Exhibit Gallery.
  • If you registered to participate in the Quindaro tour after the symposium on Saturday, April 21, please meet in front of Memorial Hall and be prepared to board the bus at 3 pm. As the tour includes outdoor and unpaved locations, shoes and clothes appropriate for walking are recommended. During your time at the Quindaro Overlook on the tour, we ask that you remain at the overlook and do not venture further down into the site.
  • Certificates of Participation will be available for anyone who would like documentation of their symposium attendance.





Thank you, sponsors, for your support!





Balls Foods
The Black Studies Program, University of Missouri - Kansas City 
Department of History, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Missouri - Kansas City (Bernardin Haskell Lecture Series)
Memorial Hall, and Staff
Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas
Fred Whitehead 
Paul Wenske


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