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Solar Eclipse 2017 Road Trip

August 21, 2017, 8:00 am - 3:30 pm

You don’t want to miss this celestial event! This summer on August 21, a narrow path of solar eclipse totality will cross Missouri north of Kansas City. The last time Northwest Missouri saw a total solar eclipse was in 1806, the same year Lewis and Clark returned from their expedition. The next opportunity to see totality will be in 2672.

Join us for this once-in-a-lifetime adventure! The Linda Hall Library and the LHL Foundation are taking a road trip to view the eclipse from a reserved location at East Hills Shopping Center in St. Joseph. Seating is limited.

Monday, August 21, schedule of events:

7:15 a.m. – Check-in for registered attendees at Linda Hall Library
8:00 a.m. – Depart for St. Joseph
9:30 a.m. – Arrive at East Hills Shopping Center in St. Joseph
11:40 a.m. – Eclipse begins
1:06 p.m. – Maximum eclipse (totality)
1:08 p.m. – End of totality
2:00 p.m. – Depart East Hills for Linda Hall Library
3:30 p.m. – Arrive at Linda Hall Library


Lunch will be on-your-own. Many dining options are available in and around East Hills Shopping Center. Except for sunflower seeds, food and non-alcoholic drinks are allowed on the busses. The Library will provide water and light snacks.

What to expect

People travel the world to see “totality.” The difference between a partial eclipse of 98% (which will happen in Kansas City) and a complete eclipse is significant. Only totality reveals the Sun’s corona, strange colors in the sky, and stars in the daytime.

A large crowd is expected in St. Joseph to view the eclipse. Traffic delays could alter our schedule. We plan to arrive in St. Joseph well in advance of the eclipse start time.

Weather safety

Plan for a hot and humid August day. We recommend wide-brimmed hats and sunscreen. Please note that we will arrive in St. Joseph well in advance of the eclipse. The Library will provide a tent for shade. The shopping center will have food vendors and restrooms available on site. There will also be a planetarium display inside the mall.


We have reached our seating capacity for the busses. We also have a lengthy wait list and expect very few cancellations. If you would like to be put on the wait list, please email events@lindahall.org with you name and the number of people in your party. You will be notified if space becomes available.

Registration includes round-trip motor coach ride to and from St. Joseph, eclipse viewing glasses, and light refreshments. Please let us know if you require an ADA accessible motor coach. No refunds.

We will depart Kansas City rain or shine. Children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.

If you’re unable to travel to St. Joseph, you can still view the total eclipse

St. Joe is in the centerline of the eclipse path where you will see two minutes and 38 seconds of totality. But the path extends to just north of downtown Kansas City. Weston, Liberty, Smithville, Kearney, and Excelsior Springs will experience two or more minutes of totality. Even the Wheeler Downtown Airport in North Kansas City will have 47 seconds of totality. Check out the interactive Google eclipse map for locations along the path.


Contact Eric Ward, Vice President for Public Programs, at 816.926.8753 or warde@lindahall.org.


August 21, 2017
8:00 am - 3:30 pm
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Eric Ward
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Linda Hall Library
5109 Cherry
Kansas City, MO 64110 United States
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Questions? Contact Eric Ward at 816.926.8753 for more information about these events.

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