The Katy Depot

Sedalia's Welcome Center and Year-Round Destination

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!

 

  

Youth Education

• 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

Heritage Interpretation


• Connecting docent interpretation to stories and artifacts

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 …

 

KATY STOCKHOLDERS

$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.

 

CABOOSTERS

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.

 

SYNCOPATERS

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 SOUVINERS – MISSOURI SOUVINERS

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

The  “Time Table” lists our feature exhibit 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 jobs *

Service Calls:  Electrical * Plumbing * HVAC * Security System * Communication

 

PASS THE WORD ABOUT THE KATY DEPOT     

 

Encourage 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

Dan Pilliard 

Gary Farr 

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

                                                    Champion Bicycles

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.