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2023 Event Schedule

Annual Events
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Annual Meeting (Dinner and Election of Officers)
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Outstanding Kansas Citian Gala
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Holiday Brunch
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Upcoming Events

Highland Park Elementary School Historical Marker Dedication -- May 30!

The Native Sons and Daughters of Greater Kansas City (NSDKC) will dedicate a marker honoring the historic and renowned Highland Farms of Lee's Summit at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 30, 2023, at the Highland Park Elementary School at 400 SE Millstone Ave, Lee's Summit, MO 64063


Schedule of Events:

  • 10:30 - 11:00:
    • Dedication Ceremony  (Ross Marshall, Chair) with remarks made by representatives of Highland Park School, the R-7 School District,  the Lee's Summit Historical  Society, NSDKC, and Gary Hicks speaking on the history of Highland Farms.
  • 11:30 - 1:30:
    • Free tour of the Lee's Summit Historical Museum, 220 SW Main Street, Lee's Summit, MO 64063. Lite hors d'oeuvres will be served.

Please REPLY to if you will attend so we may make appropriate arrangements for the museum tour and refreshments.


The marker is the organization's second historical marker placed in southeast Jackson County since 2018, when it placed a marker at Lake Lotawana. The new marker acknowledges the heritage of Highland Farms, the namesake of Highland Park Elementary School.

The Lee's Summit Historical Society, Lee's Summit R-7 School District, and Highland Park Elementary School staff have been partners in this project with NSDKC, and NSDKC members Gary and Louise Hicks, who provided the funds for the marker.

Gary is a past president of NSDKC, and Louise is the niece of Louise Willig Rehn (deceased), who, in 1929, was employed by Milton and Maud Thompson to clerk livestock sales and do accounting for Highland Farms. During that time, the farm was noted as the world's largest registered Hereford breeding farm! In addition, Louise Rehn was engaged in Thompson's Lake Lotawana project and was the Matriarch of the Lake for nearly seven decades!

Details and Directions

The Lee's Summit Historical Museum is located in downtown Lee's Summit, across the tracks from the ol' railway depot. Museum parking is available on Main St. in front of the museum or on either the north or west sides of the museum building. Address: 220 SW Main Street, Lee's Summit, MO 64063.

Below are suggested directions for driving to Highland Park Elementary School, located within the southeast quadrant of Lee's Summit.

  1. Take your most convenient route access to either I-435 southbound on the east side of the metro or I-435 eastbound, to the interchange formerly termed the 'Grandview Triangle,' formally named as the 3-Trails Crossing.
  2. At the Interchange, take I-470 east to connect with U.S. 50 South at Lee's Summit.
  3. Taking U.S. 50 South exit, the highway will turn eastbound around the southern part of Lee's Summit.
  4. Traveling eastbound on U.S. 50 Highway, go approximately 2.0 miles east past 291 Highway and exit at Blackwell Rd.
  5. Go north on Blackwell Road, about 1 mile to Langsford Road.
  6. Turn Rt. (East) onto Langsford Road, then east two blocks, and turn right on S.E. Millstone Avenue to the school location.