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Play for Keeps While Learning About Midcentury America at This Unique Exhibit

The game of marbles ruled playgrounds for much of the twentieth century. Requiring only a handful of marbles and a patch of dirt, the game crossed all economic and social barriers. In 1947, the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) created a national marble tournament to positively influence young boys and re-engage WWII and Korean War veterans in civilian life.

The tournament, an annual event for 14 years, was a life-changing experience for the thousands of kids who participated. Playing for Keeps tells the firsthand stories of the players alongside their souvenirs, trophies, and marble memorabilia. Learn their stories and then knuckle down to experience the thrill of the game in a regulation-size marble ring.

Playing for Keeps is presented in partnership with the Missouri Humanities Council with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Kansas City Star is the premiere media sponsor for Playing for Keeps.

Take a step back in time when you witness Playing for Keeps from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily. The museum is closed on Tuesdays.

We know you love your home at The Royale at City Place Apartments in Overland Park, Kansas, but it’s important to stay active and involved in your community. Attending this event is the perfect chance for you to journey outside your comfort zone to meet new people and seek new opportunities.

Event Time/Date:
Friday, October 5, 2018—10:00 PM

Event Venue Location:
The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures
5235 Oak Street
Kansas City, Missouri 64112

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