National Archives at Kansas City

Press Release: April 22, 2014

National Archives at Kansas City

Jocelyn Ball-Edson to Discuss Preserving Historic Monuments and Fountains in Kansas City at the National Archives

For More Information Contact:
Kimberlee Ried, 816-268-8072

Kansas City, (MO)…On Tuesday, May 6 at 6:30 p.m., the National Archives will host Jocelyn Ball-Edson for a discussion titled Preserving Historic Monuments and Fountains in Kansas City. A 6:00 p.m. reception will precede the program.

Ball-Edson will discuss the wide range of issues and challenges encountered in maintaining and preserving a collection of nearly 50 public fountains and over 100 other monuments, sculptures, and ornamental structures. Topics include vandalism, weather and environment, budgets, age, and public perception, illustrated with photographs of the inner workings of pump vaults and mechanical rooms, as well as details of structures and sculptures. This program is presented in recognition of National Preservation Month (May) and is offered in partnership with the Kansas City Parks and Recreation Department.

To make a reservation for this free program call 816-268-8010 or email kansascity.educate@nara.gov.

About the Speaker

Jocelyn Ball-Edson, ASLA, has been a landscape architect with Kansas City, Missouri Parks and Recreation Department since 1995. In addition to designing and managing construction of various park improvements, for the last 11 years she has managed fountain and monument restoration projects ranging from cleaning and conservation of small bronze plaques to the complete restoration of the oldest fountain in Kansas City. She has worked with professional conservators, masons, and contractors on dozens of projects related to the monuments, sculptures, and fountains throughout Kansas City. Born and raised in California, Ball-Edson studied art at the University of California – Los Angeles and has bachelor’s degrees in fine arts and landscape architecture from Rhode Island School of Design.

The National Archives at Kansas City is one of 13 facilities nationwide where the public has access to Federal archival records. It is home to more than 50,000 cubic feet of historical records dating from the 1820s to the 1990s created or received by nearly 100 Federal agencies. Serving the Central Plains Region, the archives holds records from the states of Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota. The facility is located at 400 West Pershing Road, Kansas City, MO 64108. It is open to the public Tuesday - Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for research, with the exhibits open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 816-268-8000 or visit us online.

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