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They Days of Toys R Us May Be Gone, But Toys and Collectables Are More Popular Than Ever

On Christmas Day in 1923, a young Kansas boy named Jerry Smith received a single toy tractor under his family’s tree. Smith would grow up to become a successful Kansas City automotive dealer and philanthropist, but he never forgot that humble toy tractor.

As an adult, it inspired him to amass a world-class toy collection that included planes, trains, and automobiles. He displayed his collection to spread joy and to raise money for local charities. From cast iron trains to fanciful airplanes, Going Places explores the history of transportation toys and examines how one person with a generous heart and a fantastic toy collection made a lasting impact on his community.

Smith's special interests are the iron and tin toys. But his collection embraces not only iron and tin, but wooden toys, electric, steam and clockwork toys, musical toys, games, toy household equipment, pull toys, and many fine examples of European toys. His oldest pieces date back to about 1850.

Since its reopening in 2015, The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures has tried to bring the best collections in the world to Kansas City, and now, you have you chance to see the toy collection of Jerry Smith in-person!

If you feel like escaping Edgewater at City Center Apartments in Lenexa, Kansas for the day, this event is a perfect opportunity to do just that!

Event Time/Date:
Saturday, November 3, 2018—10:00 AM

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

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