This week on The Local Show, we speak to Stacey Davis about the Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center. We go inside the Toy & Miniature Museum for a look into the past with a performance about Nettie Wells, a Kansas City girl who grew up in the 19th century and learned many life lessons while playing with the dollhouse her father made for her. Nick Haines talks to author and comedian David Naster about his new documentary and his mission to help people use laughter to cope with serious health problems. And we share the winning entry in a journalism contest for area high school students relating to the new SEA LIFE Aquarium which is set to open on April 6 in Crown Center.
In 2002, the Missouri Department of Conservation opened a unique facility on Troost Avenue in the heart of Kansas City designed to get young people in urban neighborhoods more connected with nature and the outdoors.
This week, The Anita Gorman Discovery Center is celebrating its 10th anniversary. For many visitors, The Discovery Center at 47th and Troost continues to be their first introduction to nature.
Surrounded by 10 acres of gardens, forests, wetlands and prairie, the Discovery Center beckons urban residents to visit and to learn. Randy Mason spoke with Stacey Davis, the center’s manager.
Mary Harris Francis collected toys. Barbara Hall Marshall fancied fine miniatures. These two women’s distinctly different collections are the backbone of Kansas City’s Toy & Miniature Museum at 52nd & Oak. All year round, its 33,000 square feet of displays lure the young and young at heart. Sometimes the museum, as it will this weekend with its Nettie Wells dollhouse, finds special ways to celebrate a child’s imagination and the spirit of play.
Nettie Wells, as portrayed by Maycee Steele, will share stories of her dollhouse at the Toy & Miniature Museum this Saturday with another performance later this summer.
Kansas City based comic David Naster is still performing stand up in comedy clubs coast to coast and on some of the world’s finest cruise ships. But increasingly, he is in hot demand as a healthcare speaker. David Naster is considered an authority on the healing power of humor. He’s written several books on the subject, including You Just Have To Laugh. Now he has produced a new documentary that is currently making the rounds on the film festival circuit.