Kansas City Museum's Future in Flux Amid Turmoil

3 years 8 months 1 week ago July 21, 2013 Jul 21, 2013 Sunday, July 21 2013 Sunday, July 21, 2013 11:11:00 AM CDT in News
By: The Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Supporters of the Kansas City Museum are concerned about its future amid continued turmoil with leaders of Union Station.

The dispute intensified recently when Union Station CEO George Guastello fired the museum's on-site director, Christopher Leitch, without offering a public explanation. Meanwhile, the museum's advisory board is considering a business plan that is based on breaking the contract that requires Union Station to manage the facility located at the city-owned Corinthian Hall.

Guastello told The Kansas City Star the station intends to continue managing the Kansas City Museum as required by its 2007 contract with the city. However, he said, the museum's collection mostly belongs to Union Station and Guastello said "that's not negotiable."

The advisory board is pursuing its own tax-exempt designation to raise money for the museum. A draft business plan commissioned by the advisory board says the museum's credibility and ability to raise money requires it to be professionally accredited.

"Unfortunately, while managed by Union Station, a mixed mission organization, the museum cannot recover institutional accreditation," states the plan.

Katrina Henke, a supporter of the Kansas City Museum and a Union Station board member, questioned the advisory board's role.

"It's been confusing," she said. "The (advisory board is) supposed to be an oversight to make sure tax dollars are used properly, (but) they seem to be wanting to manage, which is ironic because that's what the contract with Union Station is to do."

The museum has been housed at Corinthian Hall since 1940. It was managed for decades by the private Kansas City Museum Association before the association merged with Union Station in 2000. The station now oversees about $1.4 million in annual property-tax revenue dedicated to the museum and its collections.

After tensions arose between the city and Union Station over the museum, the museum advisory board was created to keep the City Council informed about its operations. In 2006, a legal battle erupted over ownership of the collections and rights to the trademark "Kansas City Museum."

A compromise in 2007 led to 20-year contract with Union Station to manage the facility. That compromise stipulated that Union Station owned the Native American objects in the collection and those of equestrian Loula Long Combs, while the city owned other items.

Also in 2007, the Kansas City Museum lost its professional accreditation because of Union Station's financial instability. Union Station's finances have improved since then and it has finished in the black in each of the last three years. Meanwhile, the city has invested more than $10 million in repairs to Corinthian Hall, although twice that much is needed to achieve a goal of restoring the lower floor to period rooms and to prepare the upper levels for exhibits and education space.

The building has been largely closed to the public since 2008 and the collections, most of them in storage, are being curated by Union Station.

 

More News

Grid
List
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Department of Social Services Acting Director Jennifer Tidball said Missouri still is giving money to Planned... More >>
22 minutes ago March 29, 2017 Mar 29, 2017 Wednesday, March 29 2017 Wednesday, March 29, 2017 9:49:00 AM CDT in News
FERGUSON (AP) — Police in Ferguson, Missouri, are investigating after a private security guard shot an armed man at the... More >>
23 minutes ago March 29, 2017 Mar 29, 2017 Wednesday, March 29 2017 Wednesday, March 29, 2017 9:47:37 AM CDT in News
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A man has been sentenced to life in prison in connection with the 2014 southwestern Missouri shooting... More >>
28 minutes ago March 29, 2017 Mar 29, 2017 Wednesday, March 29 2017 Wednesday, March 29, 2017 9:42:50 AM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Four St. Louis officers are suspended without pay amid internal and criminal investigations over whether they... More >>
35 minutes ago March 29, 2017 Mar 29, 2017 Wednesday, March 29 2017 Wednesday, March 29, 2017 9:36:25 AM CDT in News
COLUMBIA- Columbia Solid Waste Utilities will open its Hazardous Household Waste Facility Saturday. Columbia residents can drop off their... More >>
2 hours ago March 29, 2017 Mar 29, 2017 Wednesday, March 29 2017 Wednesday, March 29, 2017 7:18:00 AM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - The Family Access Center for Excellence, or FACE , is working to help more families in Boone County... More >>
12 hours ago March 28, 2017 Mar 28, 2017 Tuesday, March 28 2017 Tuesday, March 28, 2017 9:55:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - The U.S. House voted to repeal a set of Obama-era consumer protection rules Tuesday. The move lets Internet... More >>
12 hours ago March 28, 2017 Mar 28, 2017 Tuesday, March 28 2017 Tuesday, March 28, 2017 9:18:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Members of Missouri's House Budget Committee want to make records of elected officials' flights on the... More >>
13 hours ago March 28, 2017 Mar 28, 2017 Tuesday, March 28 2017 Tuesday, March 28, 2017 8:52:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY - A bill looking to remove construction worker payment restrictions on contractors is moving along in the capitol... More >>
15 hours ago March 28, 2017 Mar 28, 2017 Tuesday, March 28 2017 Tuesday, March 28, 2017 7:09:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - Crews responded to a vehicle fire on northbound Highway 63 in Columbia around 6:30 Tuesday evening, just south... More >>
15 hours ago March 28, 2017 Mar 28, 2017 Tuesday, March 28 2017 Tuesday, March 28, 2017 7:09:00 PM CDT in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — Federal prosecutors allege that two Kansas City men killed a man after kidnapping him and attempting... More >>
15 hours ago March 28, 2017 Mar 28, 2017 Tuesday, March 28 2017 Tuesday, March 28, 2017 6:49:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — A Missouri appeals court panel said utility regulators had no authority to grant conditional approval for... More >>
16 hours ago March 28, 2017 Mar 28, 2017 Tuesday, March 28 2017 Tuesday, March 28, 2017 6:08:00 PM CDT in News
BUNCETON - A water leak that occurred around 5 p.m. on Tuesday forced the city to turn off the water... More >>
16 hours ago March 28, 2017 Mar 28, 2017 Tuesday, March 28 2017 Tuesday, March 28, 2017 5:49:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — A Missouri woman who used her neighbor's home to receive a fraudulent loan was convicted of... More >>
18 hours ago March 28, 2017 Mar 28, 2017 Tuesday, March 28 2017 Tuesday, March 28, 2017 3:44:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — The Missouri House gave initial approval to a bill that would overturn a St. Louis ordinance... More >>
18 hours ago March 28, 2017 Mar 28, 2017 Tuesday, March 28 2017 Tuesday, March 28, 2017 3:33:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY – On April 4, Cole County voters will see two propositions on the ballot designed to improve Jefferson... More >>
18 hours ago March 28, 2017 Mar 28, 2017 Tuesday, March 28 2017 Tuesday, March 28, 2017 3:28:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service placed native bumblebees on the endangered species list at the start of... More >>
19 hours ago March 28, 2017 Mar 28, 2017 Tuesday, March 28 2017 Tuesday, March 28, 2017 3:06:00 PM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Police said an investigation found that a man apparently fatally shot the mother of his children... More >>
19 hours ago March 28, 2017 Mar 28, 2017 Tuesday, March 28 2017 Tuesday, March 28, 2017 2:20:00 PM CDT in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 50°
11am 52°
12pm 54°
1pm 56°
2pm 58°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

7:00a
Today
11:00a
Rachael Ray
12:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Noon
10:00a
Jerry Springer
11:00a
Jerry Springer
12:00p
Jerry Springer

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
Blindspot
8:00p
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
9:00p
Chicago P.D.
7:00p
Arrow
8:00p
The 100
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld