Research Society for Victorian Periodicals Conference
University of Missouri-Kansas City
Sponsored by the Department of English and the College of Arts and Sciences
September 9-10, 2016

RSVP Membership
RSVP membership is required for those who want to participate in the conference. Please join RSVP for the low annual rate of $35, including a subscription to Victorian Periodicals Review:

Registration – Click here to register (or visit
Faculty: $100
Graduate Students and Independent Scholars: $75
Late Registration (After June 1): $125

We hope you will join us for a three-course dinner accompanied by wine at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art ( on Friday, September 9th: $65

Please let us know if you require any of the following:
• Vegetarian Meal
• Gluten-Free Meal
• Vegetarian and Gluten-Free Meal

Nelson-Atkins Museum Special Viewing
The Nelson-Atkins Museum is one of the country’s finest art museums (4525 Oak Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64111, Its new Bloch building has been called one of America’s architectural marvels. Of interest to RSVP members, is the fact that it was built on the grounds of the home of editor William Rockhill Nelson of the Kansas City Star who left his estate for the collection of art.

On Friday, Sept. 9  Associate Curator Jane Aspinwall will provide a special viewing  at 5 PM from the Bloch Lobby information desk of the Nelson-Atkins Museum.  We will be privileged to see 19th-century works not ordinarily on view.  The viewing tour can accommodate only 20 people, so if you wish to be on this tour, please email Julie Codell at to request a space.  NOTE: you must be in the lobby at the information desk promptly at 5 PM, as the tour group is going to a special viewing room and you cannot arrive there late or get there on your own.  If you need wheelchair assistance, please tell Julie when you sign up.   Also note that the museum is open until 9 PM on Friday.

Pre-Conference Excursion
You have the opportunity to visit one of two history museums located in downtown Kansas City on Thursday, September 8 at 2:00 p.m. Admission and transportation are included: $25

Arabia Steamboat Museum
In 1856 the Arabia was heading west on the Missouri River when it hit a tree snag and sunk with 200 tons of cargo. Luckily, all passengers were able to escape–except for one poor mule. Learn about the fascinating recovery of the ship from the muddy field of a Kansas farm, where it remained for over a hundred years, and see the largest collection of perfectly preserved pre-Civil War artifacts in the world. The museum is located in the charming River Market, the oldest neighborhood and trading port in Kansas City and current home to one of the largest open air farmer’s markets in the country.

National World War I Museum
In 2004 this site was designated by the United States congress as the nation’s official World War I museum. It is located on the grounds of the iconic Liberty Memorial and across from the Beaux Arts-style Union Station (the infamous location of the 1933 “Kansas City Massacre” involving the FBI, the KC mob, and Pretty Boy Floyd). The collection includes 75,000 items commemorating the war from a global perspective. Visitors enter the facility by crossing a stunning glass bridge over a field of 9,000 red poppies, each one representing 1,000 combatant deaths.

Late Registration Procedures
To register after June 1, please print this page with your selections circled and provide your name, mailing address, email address, phone number, and academic department and affiliation. Send this information along with your check payable to UMKC Department of English to:

Dr. Jennifer Phegley
Department of English
University of Missouri-Kansas City
106 Cockefair Hall
5100 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, MO 64110

Email Jennifer Phegley ( with any questions.

Regrettably registration refunds are not possible.

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