Kansas City Museum Renovation Celebration

Kansas City Museum Renovation Celebration



good morning everyone thank you so much for being here we have a great group I really appreciate it I know that it was hard to get here hard to get out of your cars but thank you today is a my name is anna-marie Tutera and i'm the executive director of the kansas city museum we have remarks this morning and then you are completely free to wander around the building all four floors lower first second and third we are here today to celebrate the completion of architectural construction for Corinthian Hall architectural design by international architects Atelier Elizabeth and Majid and Andy are here and construction by je Dunn construction company in addition as we approach the next few months we will be finishing up exhibit development and working on the development of education and public programs the goal is still to reopen Corinthian Hall in late 2020 so without further delay I would like to introduce Mayor Sly James and I would like to say thank you very much you have been incredibly supportive of our entire team and the project and me and we could not have done this without you truly I move back to Kansas City because you were in office because I knew great things were happening in arts and culture in this city and I'm really glad that we did and I'm really proud of what we've accomplished here and the museum of history and cultural heritage that we're creating so thank you for the opportunity thank you that's let's but let's put a couple of things to bed this would have happened whether I was here or not because of venom in a marine you know a tremendous talent a driven woman dedicated to a purpose and a goal and she works towards those goals and purposes every day and I think that when you have a chance to go through this building today it is a building at the moment the heart and the life will be brought and breathed into it as the exhibits come in and it becomes open to the public and it starts to capture that spirit of a Kansas City that kind of permeates the walls then it will become the museum that she envisions so before I say anything about my thoughts about this what I really want you to do is to recognize amberyan for the work that she's done because she has been the she has been on this like white on rice I want to say also welcome to the mayor-elect Lukas you know he is will take office on August 1 I'm trying to think exactly when that is so let me check here in 21 days 14 hours and 7 minutes it's not like I'm ready to go or anything well I want to thank all of you for being here today this is one of Kansas City's most significant cultural assets and treasures in this city it's also good to be able to celebrate our city's history and commitment to preserving this building so that other generations future generations will truly understand the history and the culture of Kansas City it is unique and it is something that should be treasured this has been a huge undertaking it's one of those things that we on local government know would not have happened but for a strong public/private partnership and Troy will tell you more about what the city has contributed directly but I do want to take a moment to say thanks to everybody who has contributed and all the private funders who contributed funding for the design and development of the exhibits for stage one of Corinthian Hall and the architectural design for stage one or for Stage two there are so many people that I won't be able to say them and it would be a long list and I would inevitably leave someone out so there is a list in the handouts that you'll have so I hope that you'll refer to them for the complete list and when you see those folks thank them for the effort that they put in here I want to thank the historic northeast community for its long-standing commitment to this museum and to this treasure and to the project itself once this project is completed Kansas City's museum will really be one of the leading history museums in this country you don't have collections it'll have exhibits that I'll have programming's I saw one of our educators over there today she said that when she get free tickets every time actually agree to that but you know I'm sure she'll think about it but it's going to reflect our city's past and and our present but actually what it's going to do it's going to reflect the spirit of this city so that people moving to the city returning to the city growing up in the city visiting the city will have an opportunity to learn more about this city that we all love this museum is one of our most significant historical cultural assets and it's been part of this community since 1940 we have a book our home Kansas City that we read to kids we've read to about 130 135 schools since I've been in office and we read that book it's a book that was commissioned before turn to page KC and one of the things about our home Kansas City as it shows our home Kansas City in pictures and and words to the children that we read to and there's a page there and every time we get to that page they think it's the White House and I say you know just because the sky pillars doesn't mean it's the white house and there are really smart people that live in this museum so so nearly eighty years after it opened to the public the museum boasts holdings of more than a hundred thousand historic artifacts and archival materials that document interpret and preserve Kansas City's local and regional history the restored and renovated Kansas City Museum will provide the opportunity to present and showcase those materials and their large collections through innovative exhibits in the use of technology and fantastic lighting and educational programming which is something good because one of the things that this museum can be and should be used for is to make sure that we are educating our children in ways that they are not able to be educated without this museum being functioning and opening we need to get back to things that our civic in nature and build that that sense in every child as they grow up and live in this city that this is their city and they have a stake in it and then maybe we'll have more than eighteen or twenty percent of the population showing up to vote and things of that nature but it starts with our kids and so if this can be a place where our kids can learn and grow and see programming and learn about the history of this city in a beautiful beautiful building and setting then it will have served its purpose in spades so I look forward to the continued progress of the museum I look forward to opening day of the museum I look forward to having the opportunity to work with anna-marie Tutera again and all of her staff but I do want to once again tell you that none of these things happen without the dedicated hard work of people who spend a lot of time effort and energy to make itself and so Anna Marie and your standard staff fit folks who are here thank you for everything that you've done to make this building the success that it is and will be and thank you for your innovative and thought-provoking programming ideas so that the people of this city will have something that they can treasure once again and forever thank you all very much [Applause] mayor-elect Lukas we're extremely excited to work with you and really excited to show you what we're doing here especially on the programming side especially as we work we have this really great model that we're working with our educators on it's it's around restorative practices restoring relationships is kind of the basis for building inclusiveness and equity for education programs and that were really excited to work with you on thank you thank you so much let me just start with this today and it's an honor to be with you on this beautiful day in Kansas City you know and stay tuned because certainly in five hours it'll be 90 degrees and sunny and at least one fortune I've had in life you have a few blessings from being bald one of those is I've never had a bad hair day so I appreciate that to say the least I want to start with this in recognizing Mayor James now he noted that he didn't do much in connection with this but for all of us and I know the city manager remembers this and if there any other elected officials here when we were thinking about the projects that we were going to work on with the Geo bond when we were thinking about priorities it was really Mayor James who kept us moving in a direct and straight path everyone on council had a different idea and and we had a wild range of ideas sometimes people from the same part of the city had different ideas on how this money should be spent and I think he was able to say what are good projects that we can agree on where frankly we have outstanding institutions outstanding communities and so many private benefactors that are supporting him so I disagree with what he's that won't surprise him actually but nevertheless I I disagree with one assertion here which is that he didn't really have anything to do with it I think he was core and central to that and I think he deserves another round of applause and tonight [Applause] and so another group that I wanted to make sure I'm recognizing today are those of you who have worked so hard for this organization for a number of years when I was walking around before today's festivities I had the chance to talk about my own visits to the Kansas City Museum when I was a school child the things I enjoyed people often mention the soda fountain machine there are a number of other outstanding exhibits to the history of this region to this state and to this city and I remember coming here to this outstanding building this edifice and knowing something more about Kansas City than that which I had grown up with or known in my own neighborhoods or in my own community and I am so proud that for decades to come another century to come will have the opportunity to share that with the children with the adults with so many people in Kansas City one of the things that's most exciting is our approach to not just having a great museum the church as our history but also to restorative education to making sure we're coming up with new models for how we integrate our community better how we create better opportunities for us all to learn about the diverse that sometimes troubled history of our region and how we can create opportunities for every child in Kansas City no matter their background no matter when they arrive to Kansas City to know about the great traditions the great culture the great civic nature and involvement of our city another thing that excites me about the future of this museum is that it is this great cultural core touchstone in northeast Kansas City but that exists for our entire region many of you might have been to the Kentucky Derby parties others I met just a few minutes ago had the fortune of getting married here others have had good fortunes to experience a number of great life events here I look forward to when people think about exciting places and exciting activities and things to do in Kansas City that this becomes the top of their list that this is a key stop that they spend some time and they spend some money and the Northeast that they're actually making sure that they're investing long-term in our community so I want to say thank you to so many of you who have done that work but thank you also to Anna Marie and staff who are going to continue to do that work anytime that I called and said I have questions about what you're up to you were always so willing to answer them anytime that we've said hey how can this fit in with some plan we have at City Hall you were so kind to help us with it and so I thank you for that there's one other group of folks in the room today that I'd like to help and then trust me I'll sit down because we have a lot of folks although this is helping me dry out finally so I like the moment and I noticed there are a few folks who have retired from city staff who were here back with us today we have Mark McHenry our former director of the Parks and Recreation Department who did outstanding work in connection with not just this museum but so many important cultural treasures in our city and keeping this city the exciting place that it is so thank you mark for being here and then we also and I also see and I'm sure there may be others but we also have Erik Bosch who is our city architect championed quarterbacked so many of these important projects and as somebody who in many ways is like a man for all seasons he could work with police officers artists City Council members correct which is the hardest group of all and could go through so much and making sure that we had all these institutions that really treasured and valued the important impact of Kansas City so thank you Eric for your service and being here today and then finally I'll start with I'll end with this which is getting these projects done takes a Herculean effort and it's not lost on me and he'll talk about it in a second the city manager and his staff who made sure that we could actually make sure this is getting done getting done well as we had hiccups along the way and all types of projects he was ensuring that we kept moving and so I thank him I thank him for keeping us all updated and I think so many of you who have served in boards relating to both this institution and so many others then make sure Kansas City runs well every day because what I've recognized over the next 21 days 14 hours and seven minutes is that the thing that actually makes this city work is the continuity and the commitment of so many of you we all have the fortune of being in these positions for four years or eight years you all have been connected with these institutions for decades and lifetimes that's not lost on us and we thank you so much and treasures like this wouldn't exist without you thank you all so very much [Applause] mr. city manager first of all I want to say thank you to you thank you in particular for always being patient with us little people on our team all of our phone calls and questions and requests for meetings you always say yes and you always help us figure out a path forward thank you so much object to position myself to Marillac was quick to note that because of his bald head hit the rain bounced off of him did I absorb it all again I want to thank everybody who was involved in this process this is a beautiful facility for those of you and I recognize some faces we've been we've been having this conversation about what to do with the Kansas City Museum I ain't roaring on about 20 years I my job was to thank some of the folks that have been involved in this process but we really need to go back almost 20 years when back when this part of the city was represented by the first first District and councilmember Deb Herrmann and councilmember bill Skaggs put about 10 million dollars of in district funds to fix the roof and put in the HVAC which kind of sealed the building put new windows in this building and allowed it to just sit until we could figure out a long-term path that so I think as we go through the expectations realize this has been a long-term sustained commitment by members of the City Council to allocate resources to a cherished institution and I'm glad to have played a small role in it I also want to make sure that we reiterate my thanks and the thanks of everyone to Terry Ryan who's not here Kristen Morrison is representing Terry but also former Director McHenry and the and the board of parks and recreation commissioners we asked them about five years ago to take over responsibilities daily operations of this facility and they've done a tremendous job of shepherding it through allocating the resources I was in as as anna-marie mentioned I was in many resource any many meetings where Kansas City Museum was brought up constantly saying just a little bit of money and we can make this thing happen how much is a little bit of money I just need eight million dollars well I need eight million from I need eight million from the museum levy to so you really need sixteen million though yes but we won't ask you for any more this is a beautiful project and it is a I also want to make sure that we have so I want to thank the Board of Parks Recreation Commissioner for shepherding continuing to make this a priority along with the northeast community who never let this project fall out of the radar of the folks at 12th and oak and recognize that this was a key linchpin for the further revitalization of the Northeast so Wow alas – out out to the Kansas City Museum Foundation which has taken a leading role in the private fundraising and is leveraging the civic and philanthropic community in this community to leverage the interior renovations city has done its part by sealing up the exterior and renovating the facility to a point where we can now leverage hopefully labor leverage the private sector they were also very effective in getting the state of Missouri to kick in a million dollars from Missouri Development Finance Board tax credits to leverage the allocation for the exhibit so and that is the next phase of this project so the conceal museum foundation has done a tremendous job of leveraging the Civic community to truly make this a beautiful public private philanthropic project that again will leverage this investment for decades to come and be a real anchor and stronghold as we see a revitalized North East in the future so I was asked to talk about the numbers and they talk about the project started in 2015 but it really started in 2002 2001 this has been going on a long time this particular section is a 22 million dollar project eight million from KC general obligation bonds and as as Marilyn Lucas said Mayor James was adamant that we try to find in those initial projects something that every part of the city could see some benefit immediate benefit for and this was identified as an immediate project of benefit to the Northeast and so over the first two years of the general obligation bonds we met those eight million dollars I mentioned the eight million dollars from the kansas city museum a museum levy that's a tax that everybody in this city has paid for decades and it goes to support this operation and we are able to leverage that resource to continue the investment and then six million is being raised by the kansas city museum foundation for the design development fabrication and installation of exhibitions and then they will be tasked with also taking on the subsequent phases because it as you were running for your lives to get into this building you notice there's some buildings to the north that needs some TLC as we move forward so this won't be the last of our asks to the civic and business philanthropic community to continue the investment in northeast so speaking of the exhibits they are going to bring this place to life in a very modern way they will include interactive digital technologies as well as hosting many school and public programs our museum staff is working with Gallagher & Associates a museum design firm and a team of historians creators curators artists and educators to create these exhibits and programs mixed up anamarie and her team are going to start on stage two which begins with the design work for the next two buildings on the property the carriage house and the caregivers house so get your checkbooks out we're gonna need some help to make that work so let's keep the good work going mayor-elect i should part of the conversation when we put this facility in the project was and this is being built with that design was really creating a space where you as the civic leader of the city could showcase to visitors international national visitors to Kansas City a unique place in Kansas City so we really saw this as a greeting house for visitors to Kansas City so it is as much as city space and it's designed so we can route remove exhibits and have formal events in a grand style befitting the great nature and great history and tradition of Kansas City so this I think will be a wonderful addition to not only the northie but to the city as a whole as a way to show to the showcase of the world the Qualis the quality and majesty that is Kansas City architecture quality and majesty of Kansas City neighborhoods so it's a great day in Kansas City I was just saying I hadn't had to clean anything up in three weeks so now we're gonna go back and clean up all the tree damage from 20 minutes of storms but again this is a great day for Northeast and a great day for the city of Kansas City thank you very much for all of your passion and your willingness to invest your time and your treasure and your talent over decades to make this a reality congratulations [Applause] I'd like to next introduce Commissioner Alan Dillingham who serves on the Parks Board and also serves on the Kansas City Museum Foundation I've had the pleasure of working with you over the past five years which has been wonderful thank you in particular to for your guidance in the content development the the content for the history and Humanities based exhibitions I know that you're excited about the exhibitions and we really appreciate having all of that feedback well good morning it's great to be here with you all I just love coming to this house my grandmother used to bring me here when we when I was little she was a I think they're called musette and we would have an at least an annual trip to come here and see the museum and so it's always fun to come back and anna-marie Paul and the team here have just done some amazing things I hope if you haven't had a chance please walk around the house and look at it it's it's just fantastic and big things are to come here so it's great to see everybody here and supporting this this great endeavour back in 2017 you know we gathered in this spot to really kick off this whole thing and so today we get to announce that we have finished the reconstruction of the inside here and we're getting ready for the next stages and I just want to impress upon everybody that we're really picking up steam this is just the beginning we have the exhibitions coming that we're working on and the partnerships our board development everything is moving along great and very excited for the future here city museums such as this are so important to a community they contribute significantly in preserving our past or mining people of the individuals that have gone before us and on whose shoulders that all of us stand the values we hold dear and acting as a catalyst to inspire energize and create optimism for our future all of your support through the partnerships the donations and the many words of encouragement have made this day possible a big thank you to Mayor James and city manager salty for all that you have done also to the entire City Council especially Mayor Pro Tem Scott Wagner who I don't think is here today and Kath Councilwoman shields but they've been a big part of this from the very beginning and appreciate all of their support at this time I'd like to just thank mayor James for a terrific eight years we have really some great momentum in this city moving forward just a really exciting time we have this Kansas City spirit back that we can do things and the sky's the limit I think that a lot of cities in this country has really taken a note to that and really depreciate all that you have done [Applause] so and I also want to thank mayor elect Lucas for being here we really appreciate you being here today and very excited to work with you on this project moving forward and as Troy was talking about part of this is this house used to be the the social place the hub in Kansas City and so we're excited for this to be the mayor's house again so we can have receptions when dignitaries come in whatever special events that we can host them here and really have a nice house to to showcase all of that so we're excited about all that like to thank my fellow Park commissioners our parks director Terry Wray nerds and then also our former Parks Commissioner or parks director and I as anna-marie said I'm also on the Foundation Board so special thanks to that board and also Mary Davidson who you're gonna hear from here pretty quick she's our chair through Mary's leadership the foundation is building its own capacity as a nonprofit organization while supporting the restoration and renovation to ensure that Kansas City Museum is is sustainable going in the future very important and we appreciate all that year of doing I also want to reiterate we've said some of this but appreciation for our honorary chairs and members that are here today mr. bill Dunn senior mr. ed Matheny jr. mr. Henry block in memoriam mrs. Aneeta Gorman mr. cap oh and mr. alligator not here today but thank you so much for all that you have done in Kansas City you're an inspiration to all of us we really appreciate it [Applause] two more quick things Troy I already mentioned that we just did receive an announcement that the Missouri Development Finance Board will be offering us $1,000,000 for tax credits we're very very excited about that that's where the exhibition and stage coming up here so I want to thank the Missouri Development Finance Board for for that and then special thanks to our Kansas City Commission members Kelly Martin and then Matt damron with the museum currently parked under the umbrella that parks and recreation system it sits in a perfect position to grow within the rich environment of the department's many existing arts and cultural activities and partnerships this house has played an important important role in the city's growth and evolution now as a museum since 1940 it will once again provide an historically significant role to guide us into the future through a lens of the past thank you [Applause] parks director Terry Reiner could not be with us this morning but I want to Krista come up Krista Morrison is our deputy director at parks but I just want to say that Terry hired me five years ago and it has been an absolute pleasure to work with Terry and I'm so excited that she is the first woman director of the parks department and I'm so proud of her and excited to work with her as we complete this project well I know Terry's very sad that she couldn't make it today she had a conflict I'd like to first off thank mayor James city manager Troy Schulte mayor elect Quinton Lucas members of City Council our Parks Board and our board of directors of the Kansas City Museum foundation a big THANK YOU to anamarie to Tara our museum staff international architects je Dunn and the expanded museum team of historians curators educators and artists thank you for our honorary chairs and members of the project mr. Bill Dunn senior mr. Edward Matheny mr. Henry block in memoriam mrs. Anita Gorman mr. Karle de capo and mr. Ali gates without your support and partnership this project could not have been a success the parks department took over the management and operation of the Kansas City Museum in 2014 to ensure its successful renovation parks couldn't have been successful with this project without the years of dedication hard work planning and support of those who came before us those who work to prioritize and advocate for the museum including the neighborhood's neighbors and stakeholders of the historic northeast I would like to recognize the efforts of Museum director Ana Marie Tutera Annamarie has served as a constant champion for the Kansas City Museum and Arts in Kansas City this project is a true example of private and public partnerships and benefits to the Kansas City community the Kansas City Museum is working towards creating a multicultural intergenerational and inclusive museum and learning environment as it aligns with parks mission of social and cultural equity the parks department is committed to the mission and vision of the Kansas City Museum and parks will continue to support the museum in realizing its goals of connecting people inspiring conversation and mobilizing resources towards civic unity thank you [Applause] well last but never least there is something truly special about Mary she is the chair of our Foundation Board also a great supporter of the museum and mentor for me and the entire staff [Applause] [Applause] you know a city without the knowledge of his past history the knowledge of its origin the knowledge of its culture is like a tree without roots and the growth and nourishment of those strong roots are our responsibility all of our responsibilities each of us and all of us own our history as well as owning our future and the future comes through this museum as well as the history of our city and our region but you know it we're a team and we're all on the same page and we can't do anything alone so I have to say that particular things you know Mayor James and I have known each other for about 30 years yeah we weren't quite so great when we first met I thought about saying [Laughter] a dad but you know it's been it's been a good ride oh there it really had and and I have to say thank you to Troy Schulte too and I showed you the difference because at one time I had a I had to tell him if I didn't get some money I was a interim CEO at the World War One Museum and every damn thing in the place was leaking and I would pay a visit to him regularly and you know you always get the same song and as well we don't know so I said you know what if I don't get the bunny I'm gonna have to kill you and he looked at me and he said why am I not afraid but you know what I didn't kill him I did get the money we did get that we did get the museum fixed and we're still friends so he has always been very support the first time I ever met him I asked him for $100 I'd never seen him in my whole life man Emelia down [Laughter] I'd never seen him in my whole life before he looked at me like I was a madwoman I think he thought that too but the City Council has also been very supportive the parks director Mark McHenry we couldn't have made it this far without you mark we just could not have and mark and I have been friends a long time – from the world war one days and and we have been friends and and colleagues and thank you and Terry Renard and the parks board the parks board has been very supportive and as you know there are two parks board members on our Foundation board and Alan is one of them and Shannon Kade is the other and both of them have been extremely supportive carrying the message back and forth from the foundation to the parks board so and I think that I would be very remiss if I didn't spend a little more time talking about the the museum foundation board they deserve a really special recognition they've helped raise funds they've been always always engaged everybody on the Foundation Board has been engaged with the museum and they have always been ever so thoughtful in planning the strategy to put forth the policy that has carried the museum to the to today so I want to tell all of the foundation members that I am honored to serve with you and some are here there Sonny yes and there's Trina Rosie there's Rosie I saw Rosie and and of course Alan is always always and I I you know Annamarie to Terra and Angela tengan I couldn't I couldn't have gotten along with that and we've been friends a long time too and but I couldn't do without a bear she hiding but angela is probably the best development director that ever was so she's she's my friend too I like young friends I mean what am I gonna say so the honorary chairs of making the museum Kansas City along with all the funders who believe in this wonderful enhancement to our city deserve a special thank you thank you lady thank you gentlemen [Applause] but you know the bottom line here is that we all work together to create this 21st century Museum telling the whole story of Kansas City and the region's history and the region's cultural heritage as well as Kansas City's because we're all in this together and it's so it's a wonderful cooperative venture that we have been at for what did you say to her to what he hears anyway the fall of 2020 is the big date and so we want you to come and visit often and the Kansas City Museum will be the star in the crown of this city that we all call home and we want you to look to absorb to learn and once you step inside the Kansas City Museum history is rewritten to include all of us now and in the future and by the way I'd be very remiss to tell you that we could receive any donations that you would like to put forward tori and all of you we take a cash or cheque and they're gratefully accepted and I am so pleased to see everybody here and proud to be a part of this wonderful adventure thank you [Applause] well I'm hoping that you will stay a little bit longer and go through the building second and third floors are where we'll have the gallery spaces so everything is kind of prepped getting ready for those exhibits you can go down into the lower level wellyou're you will see the soda fountain and the billiards room and yes you can come here and shoot pool although I did promise Terry we would not gamble in order to make earned revenue we'll see I want to say thank you so very much to our museum staff Denise pol Kate Janet Chiluba Harry you all are incredible I'm really honored to work with you it's been a really fantastic five years working together there have been a lot of blaster and heated conversations and tears enjoy fear and courage as we move through this process I also want to thank our educators who are here today and our historians and our curators and our artists and our partners who are coming with us on this journey as we create content and as we create the programs for the Kansas City Museum in conclusion mark McHenry come up I want to say thank you to you I've learned a lot from you over the past five years and Eric come up as well Eric recently retired as the city architect and worked with me as the project manager for the past five years and I'm just so grateful that you continue to take my calls and texts on a daily and hourly basis you are incredible you are incredible mentors for me I've learned so much and and truly being able to navigate the city systems you were extraordinary helping me to do that this was my first time working for the public sector so I had a lot to learn about city government and politics and I couldn't have found two better people to show me the way [Applause] thank you thank you very much Diana Murray and his folks have said we couldn't have found a better person to lead this project forward I also want to mention George + Stella's name I think most people know Georgia Union Station and Georgia had a conversation about six years ago about he was about ready to disengage from the Kansas Museum he's got his hands full running and does a great great job at Union State great facility does a great job down there so we visited and then met with Troy and had a conversation it's not time to move this facility over to the park board and Seneca Park boards a logical thing to do it probably wasn't maybe the best idea to move the museum to the airport or the water department or somebody so we'll brew at the parks and so and I think it's been a good call we take a lot of pride in our culture attractions and assets in this facility as I listened to everybody's comments today I think about this great attraction this great cultural size but I also think about three other ones that are key to this city and Erik's been a big part of that as well I had the opportunity to work on the renovation the Kansas City Zoo another one of our great attractions in Erika's the kind of guy turned to a lot because he had that great architectural expertise starlight theater went through some major renovation again turned Erik on that and all raba improvements going on and of course the national World Museum Libya memorial another project now that is you know a national treasure not only in Kansas City but throughout the world and there again Eric's been a big part of that and then we're working on a little animal shoulder out in school park right now another one of those geo bond projects and anybody's personally with that and Eric's been a big part of that along with who was mentioned earlier by a mayor elect Lucas about police stations and fire stations and Mayor James mentioned a lot of the projects that Eric's been involved in as well so Eric's been a great to the city and all the things that he's done beyond the Art Commission I think he did a little facility down there for the tow lot years ago so he's been a great addition to see the other thing I want to mention quickly a common linkage in all of these cultural attractions all all these that I talked about the zoo starlight in the Liberty Memorial and the Kansas Museum is je Dunn construction company they work it all for us I'll toss one more in there because they have an H even that's the block galleries over the Nelson that was also done by the J done team so when it comes to that you've got the town here in town to do the attractions do them first class all the way I'm sorry mr. gates wasn't able to be here today he's the one that led us for years I'm glad mrs. Gorman is able to be here today I know Carl wasn't able to be he was involved in all these projects too so their leadership has been a big part of this and thank you Mary James for your leadership over the years it's been a great run the city is that much better off and there again congratulations uh mayor elect Lucas for your leadership in the future and then one little side comment it's Troy was standing up there with Mary Cohen a minute ago I was in a meeting they talked about it in Troy as you know has this long table in his office and he says that the one end which is course the West End this lady walks in sits at the east end of the table and of course Mary was the lady she walked out there with a million dollars after the meeting Troy pulled me to the side and said who was that lady thank you for those comments mark and thank you had a marine I worked on this building a lot from comments made about replacing the windows making building tight replacing the roof from putting air conditioning in and when the parks department took over the building I didn't know that they would bring me back on but it was probably about two weeks and anna-marie said we're going to New York and you're going with us so we looked at lots of museums and got ideas and you know the other day I made a comment that very passion about this building and a continually will be passionate about it it will be and it is the jewel on the hill in the Northeast and I know that many in the room probably know this but I will continue to be involved the museum and I just know that my new venture my new journey and my new employer will let me be part of this thank you so much please enjoy the space restrooms are on the second floor wander around I also want to say thank you to Leslie thank you to Louis you to parks colleagues are always there for us I really appreciate you very much thank you everybody and enjoy [Applause]

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