National Archives at Kansas City

Public Programs

Public programs at the National Archives in Kansas City include workshops on genealogy, research in archives, teaching history using archival documents; tours of the facility; student internships; exhibits; and lectures. Groups and classes can be accommodated by special arrangement. Some programs for students and teachers take place in local schools.

Genealogy Workshops

Workshop topics include census records, naturalization records, immigration records, and military service records. We also regularly hold Indian Study Groups for those researching Native American ancestry.

Special workshop topics have included:

  • The Internet and the Genealogist
  • Preserving Your Heirloom Documents
  • Jewish Genealogy
  • Prison Records for the Genealogist
  • Writing Your Family's History


Interactive Distance Learning

Is your classroom a long way from Kansas City?

Use Interactive Distance Learning to make a virtual visit to the National Archives at Kansas City!



The Central Plains Region offers small, temporary exhibits in the lobby area. Exhibits use facsimile copies of original records held by the region in order to protect the original documents from harmful ultraviolet light.

All of our exhibits are designed to educate visitors about the records we hold and how they may be of use to them. Exhibits are changed every two to three months, and focus on a variety of topics. Call 816-268-8000 for the exhibit schedule.

View Online Highlights from our exhibits.

Film Series

Annually, the National Archives at Kansas City sponsors a history film series in partnership with other local institutions. Qualified speakers provide commentary to supplement film series. Below is a list of previous film series:

  • Black History
  • World War II
  • Korean Conflict
  • American Indians
  • Cold War
  • World War I

View our Film Series Schedule: National World War I Museum Film Series.

Speakers Bureau

National Archives staff and volunteers are available for lectures and presentations. Topics are tailored to our constituents needs. Please call to reserve a speaker.