Small Market Meetings

MAY 2017

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N a t i o n a l A g r i c u l t u r a l C e n t e r a n d H a l l o f F a m e B o n n e r S p r i n g s 32 Kansas Meeting Guide Samantha Kenner. The library courtyard is often used for meetings, trainings and banquets and seats up to 130 people at round tables; the skylight roof sometimes makes light control a challenge, but staff can still set up a screen and projector. Groups can also reserve the 1,200-square-foot library lobby, the library training room and the library auditorium, with 132 fixed seats. The 2,880-square-foot visitors center auditorium can be divided into two spaces and was recently updated with new audiovisual equipment. Meeting groups often tour the museum's five major galleries, as well as the white farmhouse where Ike grew up as the third of seven sons. The giant bronze statue of him is a visitor favorite, and the Place of Meditation is the final resting place of Eisenhower; his wife, Mamie; and their firstborn son. National Agricultural Center and Hall of Fame Bonner Springs The National Agricultural Center and Hall of Fame covers 160 acres about 17 miles due west of Kansas City. While most of that is pastureland, about 70 acres are event grounds where the center can host gatherings for up to 10,000 people. The hall of fame also features six museums that house "one of the largest vintage implement col- lections in the area, with quite a few prototypes of different landmark inventions," said executive director Dawn Gabel. The hall of fame itself "focuses on people who have had a national impact in the industry of agriculture," including household names such as John Deere. Others are included and are less recognizable but even more important, such as Norman Borlaug, who led the Green Revolution and is credited with saving 1 billion people from starvation. The center's event barn has a catering kitchen and can seat up to 200 for a dinner presentation or a lunch meeting. Next door, the hall of fame is attached to a 200-seat lecture theater. One corpo- rate client recently hosted its product release at the center and used the grounds to display equip- ment, presented product information to dealers in the theater and then gathered in the barn for a meal, she said. Before or after a meeting, groups can take guided or self-guided tours or simply stroll the grounds, which include living-history displays as well as a vegetable garden, a pollinator garden, a nature trail and a conservation pond. Kansas Kansas City Convention & Visitors Bureau, Inc. Race into your next adventure justin stine, meetings & sports sales manager 913.321.5800 | justin@ meetings Courtesy Eisenhower Presidential Library Visitors can see Ike's boyhood home at the Eisenhower Presidential Library in Abilene.

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