Meet the Spencers: A Marriage of Arts & Sciences

No major city street is named for Kenneth or Helen Spencer in the greater Kansas City area. No statues can be found in parks for these two individuals. But if you visit many institutions in eastern Kansas and western Missouri, you might start noticing their names memorialized on plaques on buildings, in acquisition information for works of art, and in portraits on walls.

Who were the people behind these names? Drawing on available materials at Spencer Research Library and other institutions, this exhibit provides a personal view of Kenneth and Helen Spencer.

This is an online version of a physical exhibit that was on display in Kenneth Spencer Research Library from January through June 2019. The exhibit was created by Caitlin Donnelly Klepper, Head of Public Services, and Marcella Huggard, Head of Processing.