One of the great things about being an intern for KCPT is being involved in some of the great stories that are produced both on site and off site. Today, we are joining producer Pam James, host Randy Mason, cameraman Don Mayberger, lighting director Matt McClelland and me (MiKO – gofer/photograper) as we check out the scenes at the Liberty Memorial. I learned a lot during my first visit to the Liberty Memorial War Museum.
According to Wikipedia,
The Liberty Memorial, located in Kansas City, Missouri, USA, is a memorial to the fallen soldiers of World War I and houses the The National World War I Museum, as designated by the United States Congress in 2004.. Groundbreaking commenced November 1, 1921, and the city held a site dedication. The memorial was completed and dedicated on November 11, 1926.
Like the KCPT Tower, the Memorial is another edifice that juts above the skyline. Though not quite as tall as the tower, it’s base is located at a higher point of elevation. Outside of the Memorial, we were nearly blown away by the wind gusts (which you’ll get a taste of at the beginning of the slideshow), and I was nearly blown away by the view of the Kansas City skyline.
Once inside, we were ushered into a secret area of the Memorial by Curator Doran Cart where it’s most prized archives are housed. We were under strict orders to keep our camera only on the items that will be on the broadcast which should be shown in mid July. It was impressive seeing so many WW1 archives from so many nations. We saw uniforms from the great war, helmets from many nations, and a WW1 machine gun. Many of these archives have been donated by interested parties, and Curator Cart let us know that they are still receiving donations to this day.
After leaving the archives,we loaded up our gear and moved to the public section of the Liberty Memorial, that some of you may be familiar with. The large number of uniforms, regalia, and arms that were on hand was impressive. To keep up with the times, there is an interactive war table that allows you to create and explore, as well as puplic theatres and private Reflection rooms that allow you to listen to audio feeds about the Liberty Memorial audio collection.
All in all, it was a long day of moving lights, chords and equipment. There were also a number of visitors on hand, including a group from the US Air Force, as well as KC locals.
I definitely got a better feel for what’s going on inside this huge edifice overlooking The Crown Center Plaza in Kansas City.
Tune in to KCPT to watch Randy Mason as he hosts the Liberty Memorial episode on the Local Show on July 28 (see KCPT schedule for the Local Show show times at kcpt.org).