Civil War encampment with Battle of Westport Visitor in the background

Battle of Westport – Living History Day

Saturday, September 26, 2015

10:00 am to 4:00 pm

This will be an exciting day for the whole family. It is planned as a casual, fun day of learning and fun. This event is free and open to the public. Donations are always welcome.


Battle of Westport Visitor Center and Museum, 6601 Swope Parkway, Kansas City, MO (just inside the east entrance to Swope Park)



We have invited reenactors to set up a small encampment on the museum grounds. Visitors will be welcome to walk through the camp and talk with the soldiers about their life and experiences.


We want to bring daily life to life through this event so we have invited women to depict that on the museum grounds. Domestic Crafts like bobbin lace, crochet, etc. will be demonstrated


Sarah Poff who provided the children’s activities last October is going to set up in the hands on history room.

Living Historians

Lane Smith as General Robert E. Lee
John Anderson as Lieutenant Patrick Minor
Lane Smith as General Robert E. Lee
John Anderson as Lieutenant Patrick Minor

African American Stories

Joelouis Mattox
Willadine Johnson
Joelouis Mattox
Willadine Johnson


Mark Armato will perform period music. Here's Mark portraying Jesse James at the Battle of Westport 150.
Mark Armato portraying Jesse James at BOW 150

Battlefield Tour

Dick Titterington will lead a walking tour of the Big Blue Battlefield at Byram’s Ford along the Big Blue River. The tour will last about an hour with less than one mile of easy to moderate walking. There will be one tour in the morning and one tour in the afternoon. Here's Dan Smith leading a tour of the Big Blue Battlefield.
Dan Smith leading battlefield tour in 2014


Jazzy B’s BBQ will provide a variety of food via his food truck. Here's a link to their website.