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This Historic Exhibit Will Make You Lose Your Marbles

Marble playing 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. We look forward to you stopping by this amazing exhibit!

At Edgewater at City Center Apartments in Lenexa, Kansas, we pride ourselves on informing our residents about all the upcoming events our beautiful community has to offer. Don’t hesitate to join this event on Friday!

Event Time/Date:
Friday, July 20, 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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