Kansas City: Let’s Celebrate Missouri’s Bicentennial!

The François Chouteau & Native American Heritage Fountain is the location for a special fun-filled event to observe Missouri’s 200th Anniversary!

Everyone is invited to join KC Parks on Saturday, July 24, to celebrate Missouri’s Bicentennial at the François Chouteau & Native American Heritage Fountain in the Northland. The free event will take place from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the fountain site, 3904 Chouteau Trafficway, located between I-35 and M-210 Highway, just north of Parvin Road in Kansas City.

“The Chouteau Fountain site is a fitting location for the Bicentennial celebration,” says Dick Davis, Chouteau Fountain Founders chairperson. “French pioneer François Chouteau is widely acknowledged as Kansas City’s founding father having established the area’s first fur trading post on the bluffs of the Missouri River some 200 years ago.”

The festivities include Native American dancers, fiddlers and dulcimer players, fur trapping re-enactors, recognition of Missouri’s 200th Anniversary by state and local dignitaries, the unveiling of the fountain’s newest bronze sculpture, and the debut of a play, Tartuffenthrope! by Kansas City playwright Philip blue owl Hooser. Additional activities include horse-drawn wagon rides, food trucks, youth activities, and a Plein Air Quick Paint contest.

On site donations and a silent auction will help benefit the completion of the Chouteau Fountain. All attendees are also invited to sign the official Kansas City Missouri Bicentennial Registry and receive a commemorative “twig” pen.

The celebration is supported by the City of Kansas City, KC Parks, Northland Neighborhoods Inc., and Missouri’s Bicentennial Committee. For more information, visit www.kcparks.org/mo200kc.

9 a.m.               Beyond the Circle Native American Dancers
9:30 a.m.          Dennis Stroughmatt, Cajun fiddle
10:30 a.m.        MO Bicentennial Program
11 a.m.             Tartuffenthrope! by KC Molière 400
11:40 a.m.        Beyond the Circle Native American Dancers
Noon                Folk in the Flow
12:50 p.m.       Plein Air Award Presentation
Interludes by Robert Roe, the Osage Wind Rider

9:30 a.m.          Robert Roe, the Osage Wind Rider
10 a.m.             Starry, Starry Night puppet show
10:30 a.m.        Workshop #1: Missouri Mule Mouth Puppets
11:30 a.m.        Workshop #2:  Paper Plate Puppets
12:30 p.m.        Backyard Buggin puppet show
Ongoing chalk art, roving puppets, giant bubbles, hula hoops, jugglers

Legal parking is available on some streets and at Immanuel Presbyterian Church, 3800 NE Parvin Rd, Kansas City, MO 64117. The KCATA will provide complimentary shuttle transportation around the NE Chouteau corridor.

August 10, 2021, will mark the two hundredth anniversary of Missouri’s entry as the 24th state to enter the United States. A state with many different regional cultures, geographies, and industries, each Missouri community, county, and region has a story to tell about its people, their history, their commerce, and their culture. By celebrating the accomplishments and diversity of all these regions, we help create a better understanding of our one Missouri and the ties that bind us together. More at www.missouri2021.org.

Coming Soon: Northland Park Dedicated to the Founders of Kansas City

Kansas City is adding a new jewel to its crown, just in time for Missouri’s 2021 Bicentennial. A beautiful new park in the Northland will depict and commemorate the the French trader François Chouteau and the Native Americans who founded the city when they built a trading post here in 1821. And befitting a city of fountains, this park will be a work of art.

The François Chouteau & Native American Heritage Fountain will offer a look into the past with authentic, period surroundings. Resembling the river bluffs where Rock Creek and the Missouri River converge, the fountain will spill water over limestone river rocks as mist jets create a gentle fog that hovers over the “river.” Three majestic statues will perch atop the bluff depicting a trade encounter, while elsewhere, a Native American trapper stalks his prey.

Plans also include an open plaza where groups and classes can gather as well as a bus drop-off for safe loading and unloading.

Join Us in Making History

Your generous donation will make it possible for generations of future Kansas City citizens to discover their heritage while passing the day in magnificent surroundings. Our 501(c)3 partner, the City of Fountains Foundation, is now accepting donations for the François Chouteau & Native American Heritage Foundation.

The François Chouteau & Native American Heritage Fountain is currently under construction on the west side of Chouteau Parkway, south of I-35, north of Parvin Road… nestled along the Chouteau Greenway near the Chouteau Rain Gardens. Check out our photos! We’ve made a lot of progress in a short amount of time.  

About the Artist – Kwan Wu

Kwan Wu is ranked among the top sculptors in the world. His ability to breathe life into his works, capturing the spirit and emotion of each piece, sets him apart. Though the subjects and sizes of his sculptures vary greatly, their quality does not, making his works quickly recognizable. His is truly fine art at its best. Kwan lives in the Kansas City area with his wife and children and works from his newly built home studio and workshop.