Then we headed off to the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, where we explored the Money Museum. This was a fun little museum, where we learned a lot about the history & circulation of money. One exhibit showed the coins, each listed by the president they were established under. Other exhibits showed how to spot counterfeit money, or banking history. One even let you feel the weight of a gold bar (which wasn't as yellow as I expected). There was a spot in the wall that showed what millions of dollars of $100 bills looked like. Honestly, $1 million didn't look like much! It made me realize how much TV & movies distort money. At the end, we got to go to the vault & see the production of new money, before picking up a bag of shredded money that is no longer in circulation. Did I mention all of this was free? Kansas City has some great free museums!
The last thing we did at the museum was take a quick, 30-second survey about our experience. We each got to choose a free gift afterwards, between a discount at the gift shop, a free postcard (which I got), & a BOGO free admission to the WWI Museum in the next 48-hours (which Laker got, conveniently, since we were headed there that afternoon! That saved us $14, guys).
The view from the top was gorgeous. You could see so much of the city. Once we went back down to the bottom, we explored the exhibits. The museum starts out with the foreign side, & shows different items from other countries - uniforms, flags, postcards, personal items, etc. It tells the story of famous battles, soldiers' traditions, & even specific soldiers.
There's a short film towards the middle that discusses how the United States became involved in the war. It tells both sides - how many people wanted to become involved, but many didn't; the political influence of each decision; the fact that America was a nation of immigrants, & its people felt ties to both sides of the war.
After the film, American war items are shown. We saw the famous Uncle Sam poster. We saw a truck & ambulance - just two automobiles of several donated to war efforts by Ford. One area had an exhibit of soldiers, nurses, doctors, & others who served from Kansas City. There were exhibits on home life too. Some things that stood out to me were the posters for families back home, urging women to win the war by saving food, or to learn the real songs that real soldiers sang. One of the workers shared a story with us about a group of women who fought for 20 years after the war to be able to go overseas to see the graves of their sons, husbands, & other family members who died in the war. Some of them were only able to see unmarked graves of unknown soldiers, but still they fought for 20 years - almost as long as I've been alive - just to see these unmarked graves. There is also a field of 9,000 poppies near the main entrance. Each poppy represents 1,000 of the 1 million lives lost as a direct results of WWI. It's a powerful representation. The photo below only shows about half of it.
In the evening, we went to the Power & Light District. We had dinner at BRGR, where Laker had some sort of espresso-covered burger & I got tacos (naturally). We walked around the area, & found a little market to check out. We bought some local soaps to try out later (mine is almond & smells amazing!), found a cool fountain (another thing Kansas City is known for - fountains everywhere! This one was my favorite), & took photos of the lights. GroupLove was playing an outdoor show later than night, but we were exhausted, so we decided to grab dessert & head to another early night in bed.
We checked out a vegan bakery called Mud Pie before heading back to our Airbnb, where I got a Dirty South (a cinnamon nutmeg drink) & a Down & Dirty cupcake (chocolate Oreo). The double "dirty" was unintentional. Laker got a giant no bake cookie & an Americano. Everything was pretty good!