Friends of the Depot
Friends of the Historic Katy Depot sponsor special events, heritage
exhibits, and educational programming to ensure the historic integrity
of the Katy Depot landmark is preserved.
Since reopening in 2001, nearly 150,000 people have visited the Sedalia Katy Depot to enjoy guided and self-guided tours, national art shows, art exhibits, guest presentations, character enactors, traveling and temporary exhibits, bike shows, trail rides, special occasions, concerts, car shows, and much more. Through your continued support, we look forward to expanding these programs and offering exciting new programming designed to enhance visits to the Katy Depot and ensure the legacy continues for generations to come.
Over $750,000 was raised locally to partner
in the restoration of the Katy Depot and to install the Railroad
Heritage Exhibits. Since the completion of that phase, Friends have
generously donated $7,000 in contributions and countless man-hours
to support Depot events. Over 150 individuals have contributed 693
artifacts valuing more that $33,000, a collection that includes an
extensive list of Railway Apprenticeship booklets, photos, time tables,
tools, and dining car china.
Friends efforts now turn to raising an estimated $30,000 in support of the next phase of development.
The Foundation is dependent upon grants, sponsors, user fees, memberships, and retail sales to cover an annual $150,000 budget. Funds received from our Friends support the following special projects:
First Friday Presentations - $5,000
Six professional storytellers interpret historic personalities. The events are free and open to the public and include light refreshments.
Kids Club - $5,000
Guided school tours, Kids Activity Room, Toy Train Days and the popular Polar Express which are all offered free of charge to approximately 500 kids each year.
Sedalia Ragtime Heritage Curriculum Guide - $1,200
Production of a teaching unit to introduce and reinforce the concept that American music is unique and had its origin in Classic Ragtime, specifically The Maple Leaf Rag by Scott Joplin, published by John Stark and Son in Sedalia. This is intended to supplement the study of American and Music History in the 4th grade public school curriculum. Hard copies of the guide will be distributed within the central Missouri region, and also made available on-line.
John Stark Publishing Company Historic Site Commemorative Plaque - $2,150
Placement of a sidewalk-embedded plaque in front of 114 E. 5th, Sedalia, Missouri as a memorial to the Scott Joplin and John Stark signing of the “Maple Leaf Rag” contract on August 10, 1899 and commemorating the place where American Music history was made.
Thank you for considering support of the Sedalia Katy Depot!
• Production of youth curriculum guides, traveling classroom exhibits, and youth activities
• Expansion of youth tours
• Creation of programs supporting Boy and Girl Scout educational badges
Public Art Projects
• Collection of railroad themed visual art
Ways to Support the Katy Depot
Ways to support the Sedalia Katy Depot include becoming a Stockholder, Cabooster, or Syncopator… shopping our gifts and souvenirs … taking a tour … attending an event … scheduling your event or meeting here … sponsoring our youth activities … extending in kind services … passing along the word.
Pledge your support of the Historic Sedalia Katy Depot …
$1,000 - Support research and creation of the annual feature exhibit and receive sponsorship recognition and link on the Depot’s web page, inclusion in all exhibit promotion and an invitation to preview event, commemorative stock certificate, plus discounts on gifts and souvenirs.
$250 - Support annual events including the First Fridays where first person guest interpreters unite people with food and fun and introduce historic personalities. Receive 10% discount on purchases in the Gift & Souvenir Store and $500 return on investment in promotional links to the Depot website and project marketing.
$150 - Support efforts to offset costs of admission, guided group tours for school groups, Kids Activity Room, Toy Train Days and the popular Polar Express free of charge to 500 kids each year and receive 10% discount on purchases in the Gift & Souvenir Store and $300 return on investment in promotional links to the Kids Club web page.
Support interpretation of the Missouri Pacific Railroad, the Sedalia MOPAC Shops, with a special emphasis on maintaining MoPac Caboose 12099.
$500 - Receive name recognition as sponsor on MoPac Caboose exhibit panel,
one time use of Caboose 12099 for a private event, based upon terms and availability and a limited edition commemorative stamped silver coin and custom designed caboose ornament, and 10% discount on retail purchases.
$250 - Receive one time use of Caboose 12099 for a private event, based upon terms and availability and 10% discount on retail purchases.$150 - Receive a limited edition commemorative stamped silver coin and custom designed caboose ornament.
Support acquisition, restoration of the Sedalia Ragtime Archives and interpretation of Sedalia‘s Ragtime Heritage.
$500 - Receive name recognition as sponsor on Ragtime Archives exhibit panel, custom designed piano ornament and 10% discount on retail purchases.
$250 - Receive name recognition as sponsor on exhibit panel and 10% discount on retail purchases.
$150 - Receive custom designed piano ornament and 10% discount on retail purchases.
OTHER WAYS TO SUPPORT THE KATY DEPOT …
SHOP THE DEPOT STORE …
FOR YOURSELF, FAMILY, FRIENDS, BUSINESS ASSOCIATES …
OUR SELECTION OF GIFTS AND SOUVENIRS FEATURE UNIQUE MERCHANDISE LINES:
ITEMS FOR RAILROAD ENTHUSIASTS OF ALL AGES, FANS OF THE KATY TRAIL, RAGTIME , B-2, TRAILS END, MADE IN MISSOURI FOOD PRODUCTS, SEDALIA SOUVENIRS – MISSOURI SOUVENIRS, WORKS BY LOCAL ARTISTS, AUTHORS, MUSICIANS & CRAFTSMEN GIFT CERTIFICATES – GIFT BASKETS - SHIPPING – SHOP ON SITE OR ONLINE
SCHEDULE YOUR BUSINESS OR PERSONAL EVENT AT THE DEPOT
Schedule use of our ‘Women’s Waiting Room’ for Birthday Parties, Rehearsal Dinners, Wedding Receptions, Reunions, Business Meetings, or Family Picnics. Rental fee
includes use and set up of tables and chairs, trash removal and a free guided tour of the exhibit gallery.
TAKE A TOUR
While the exhibits are designed as a self guided experience, guided group tours can be scheduled to provide a more detailed behind-the-scenes look at the historic site’s history and restoration and a unique look into special stories. Be amazed at the 1896 Restored Katy Depot Historic Landmark – glimpse into the Sedalia of yesteryear and envision the Katy Complex as the center of town - Meet People Who Dealt in Destiny. The $5 group tour ticket includes a souvenir copy of the Katy Depot Historic Site booklet.
ATTEND AN EVENT
Watch our website for feature exhibits and special events scheduled throughout the year. Many of the professional guest presenters are affiliated with the Missouri Humanities Council Speakers Bureau or the Missouri Arts Council’s Traveling performers.
EXTEND IN-KIND SERVICES OR PRODUCTS
Pledge a minimum annual value of $250 or more in one of the areas below and receive $500 or more in promotional links to the Depot website.
Desktop Design * Layout * Social Media Support * Ad Space * Air Time * Photocopies * Printing * Office Supplies * Food * Beverage * Paper Products * Lawn Maintenance * Landscaping * Snow Removal * Signs * Moving * Storage * Loan of items / or Exhibit Artifact Repair * Labor for odd job * Service Calls: Electrical * Plumbing * HVAC * Security System * Communication
PASS THE WORD ABOUT THE KATY DEPOTEncourage others to visit us, to attend our events, and to shop our unique selection of gifts and souvenirs!
Become a Member Today!
All members receive a 10% discount on purchases made in The Depot Store, an online newsletter, and special invitations to events. To join visit the Friends of the Depot contact our office at [email protected] or 660-826-2932.
Meet our Friends
Board of Directors
Kyle Herrick, Bryant Motors - President
Joe Fischer, PPS Group LTD - Vice President
Melody Chapman, Life Long Learning - Treasurer
Connie Patterson, Environmental and Energy Resource Authority - Secretary
Deb Biermann, Executive Director
Jill White, Site Manager
Special Advisors Chris Cruz, Katy Railroad Historical Society
Larry Melton, Sedalia Ragtime Archives
Bob Walters, Historic Site Advisor
Visitor Services Staff
Kathleen Boswell - special events, group tours, media relations
Terri Fowler - Kids Club activities, feature exhibit, database
Linda Davis - special events
DSP Partner Liaisons:
Vicki Hutson, Daniel Brigman, Darrin Brown
Welcome Center Partners: Sedalia Convention & Visitors Bureau
Sedalia Chamber of Commerce
Friends of the Katy Depot:
Exhibits: Missouri Humanities Council; John Meehan; Dr Doug Kiburz; Madge Gressley, Art & Graphics
Historic Landmark: Jennie Jaynes Lewis Charitable Trust; Andrew Treuner, Treuner Masonry
First Friday: Joe Fischer, PPS Group; Missouri Humanities Council; Dale Yelton, Comfort Inn; Mark Hewett, Sedalia Parks Department; Turf Martin, Wine & More; Greg Boswell; Bill Fowler; Maurene Talley; Betty Jo Shafer; Anna Lee Bail
Kids Club / Polar Express: Terri & Bill Fowler; Ken Bird; Kathleen Boswell
Caboosters support interpretation of the Missouri Pacific Railroad, the Sedalia MOPAC Shops, with a special emphasis on maintaining MoPac Caboose 12099. Kyle Herrick, Bryant Motors; Steve Loftus, NTS Metals; Chuck Kempton, Dugan Paints; Robert Stevens; Barbara Hayden, Starline; Steve and Donna Poort; Matt Melville, Melville Properties; Bob Walters; Meg Liston; Daniel Brigman; Steve Dust; Jeree Smith; David Curry; Larry Wilson; Townsquare Media; Carolyn Crooker, Sedalia Convention & Visitors Bureau; Union Pacific Railroad Foundation.
Syncopaters support acquisition and restoration of the Sedalia Ragtime Archives and interpretation of Sedalia‘s Ragtime Heritage. Larry Melton; Terri Ballard, Liberty Center Association for the Arts; Tabitha Lazenby, Scott Joplin Ragtime Foundation; Becky Imhauser, Pettis County Historical Society.