Exchange 2017 Companion Program

If your significant other is attending the Exchange, you can take in the sights and flavors of Kansas City through the companion program!

Companion Events

All of the companion events below are included in the Companion Full Registration. Each event is also available a la carte.

For more information on a la carte events, check out the Exchange 2017 Registration Options.

Companion Welcome Reception

Companion Welcome Reception

Sunday, Feb. 26, 9:30-11:15 a.m.

The Host Advisory Council invites all registered companions to an interactive brunch to kick off the 2017 Companion Program! Enjoy some champagne and learn the art of crepes from Chef. After all of the hard work of cooking and eating, enjoy a chair massage before you begin your adventures for the day.

Following brunch, we invite you to check out day one of the Expo!


Arabia Steamboat and Nell Hills

Arabia Steamboat and Nell Hills

Sunday, Feb. 26, 1-4 p.m.

Our first stop at the Steamboat “Arabia” Museum will take us on a journey back through time – to 1856. Sinking in minutes, the Arabia lay entombed for the next 132 years until her remarkable recovery. You'll learn of the efforts and techniques which led to her salvage and see the remarkable treasure of that era’s day-to-day goods which were preserved by river mud through the years.

After the Arabia, our guided excursion will visit both historical and present day Kansas City. Areas viewed will include Lewis and Clark Point overlooking the Missouri River; Crown Center; Sprint Center and the adjacent Power and Light District; Union Station; Liberty Memorial; Westport – where the California, Santa Fe and Oregon Trails all intersected; the Vietnam Memorial; The Country Club Plaza with its beautiful J.C. Nichols Fountain and much more!

After a short drive north from the Arabia, find out why thousands of shoppers and interior designers from around the globe, come to Atchison, Kansas to visit Nell Hills. The store features home furnishings, artwork, lighting, and fabric by the yard and accents. It is the perfect place for a day of shopping and browsing, come join the fun!

$60 per person before Jan. 26

$75 per person after Jan. 26


History and Culture Tour

Kansas City Yesterday and Today

Monday, Feb. 27, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

This full day adventure will introduce you to the history and culture of Kansas City.

The first stop in the full day tour is Union Station. Built in 1914, the station features 850,000 square feet of amazing space that originally featured 900 rooms. In its prime as a working train station, the station accommodated hundreds of thousands of passengers each year. Stories of farewells, reunions and of day-to-day vibrancy still echo in her walls. 

After exploring Union Station you will venture to Thomas Hart Benton Home and Studio. Visiting the home and studio of the renowned painter, sculptor, lecturer and writer offers a glimpse into how the talented artist lived and worked. Benton converted half of the carriage house into his art studio, which remains as he left it. You can still see coffee cans full of paintbrushes, numerous paints, and a stretched canvas waiting to be transformed into another of his masterpieces.

After touring the studio, it is time to sit down for a delicious lunch at Lidia’s Italy in the Freight House District. Occupying a former railroad house, Lidia’s shares the warmth of an old Italian farmhouse.

The final stop is the Harry Truman Library. In addition to visiting the library, you can view Old Independence Square and Courthouse where Harry’s office as county judgewas located in 1933, and the “Summer White House” of Harry and Bess Truman.

$100 per person before Jan. 26

$140 per person after Jan. 26

Post-Conference Tours

Post conference tours are available to all Exchange attendees, and can be added to any registration as an a la carte option.

For more information on a la carte events, check out the Exchange 2017 Registration Options.

Beer and Barbecue

Beer and Barbecue Post Conference Tour


Kansas City is known for many things, but no trip to the city of fountains is complete without partaking in the rich tradition of barbecue that this city has to offer. This culinary event will take you on a tour of the dream team of barbecue, with stops at Arthur Bryant’s, Fiorella’s Jack Stack, and Slaps BBQ.

All the stops are unique in preparation and presentation, but what really separates them are their sauces. Many are bottled at their respective restaurants so you can take home bottles to share with your family and friends. Bring an appetite!

This event has been cancelled.

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