Kansas City's History Vendor Dispenses Interactive Lessons

Posted On: 9/5/2017

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KANSAS CITY, MO -- A three-column flat vending machine that dispenses free images of days gone by in City Market Park here and the historic surrounding neighborhoods is a central part of a new program by the Kansas City Municipal Art Commission.

Dubbed the History Vendor, the machine dispenses photographs and maps reproduced courtesy of the Kansas City Public Library's Missouri Valley Special Collections. Park-goers can visit the park and get a sense of what it was like years ago. 

The program, called Art in the Park, is the brainchild of local artist Chris Dahlquist. She said that photographs provide an interactive element as patrons attempt to discover the vantage point of the original photos in a changed landscape, or explore new parts of the neighborhood. 

The vending machine, scheduled to be on location through mid-October, is located in City Market Park at Third and Main Streets.