Wornall Majors House Museums

Wornall/Majors House Museums Staff


Kerrie Nichols
Executive Director

Kerrie Nichols joined the Museums as the new Executive Director in July 2014, bringing with her over 20 years of experience in public and nonprofit leadership. Her CV includes fundraising for capital campaigns; program and event development, management, and evaluation; professional leadership of staff, community volunteers, and non-profit boards; marketing and public relations; and event facility management. 

As a native to Kansas City, her passion for preserving the heritage of her hometown shines at the House Museums. Kerrie is poised to use her background and love of history and horticulture (yes, horticulture) to ensure a long and prosperous future for the Wornall/Majors House Museums.

She is currently using her unique skills to raise funds for the Learning Landscape project at the John Wornall House Museum and ongoing support for innovative contemporary programming.

In recent years Kerrie has focused on growing operational efforts with great success. For example, Kerrie has worked with a flexible and knowledgeable staff to increase quality and inclusive civil war programming in our community. Field trip attendance alone rose 32% over the past two years.  Additionally, barn rental revenue for the Alexander Majors barn has increased 64% in four years. The barn is a critical revenue source supporting the House Museums.

As a graduate of Missouri State University majoring in horticultural science and minoring in art Kerrie delights in the opportunity to “grow” the organizations largest fundraiser, a biennial garden tour of area resident gardens. She also completed a professional internship at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. and served as the Marketing and Development Director for Brookside Gardens in Wheaton, MD for over a decade.


Sarah Bader-King
Director of Public Programming and Events & Curator

Sarah Bader-King joined the Museums in November 2014, bringing a diverse background in non-profit management, education and journalism to her role as Director of Public Programming and Events. Sarah is passionate about making history relatable and relevant through trendsetting programming, such as the Victorians Uncovered history happy hour series and Civil War and Go West! Field Days. She has also curated Museum exhibits such as Lives in Fabric: Textiles of the Wornall/Majors House Museums and A Lifetime of Change: The Wornall Family Beyond the Civil War.

Sarah has focused on serving diverse audiences by providing multiple points of entry to the Museums at all learning levels. One success has been the introduction of a self-guided tour at the Majors House, which allows visitors to explore the historic landmark at their own pace. Since 2015, public tour admission at the Majors House rose 149%.

As a student at William Jewell College, Sarah gained a true appreciation and love for the Kansas City area and its history. She holds a BA in Communications and English. Previous positions include Project and Media Manager of the International Relations Council, Program Assistant at the Truman Scholarship Foundation, EFL Instructor in Sacheon, South Korea, and reporter for the Great Bend Tribune.


Caden Gird
Weekend Manager – John Wornall House & Summer Camp Manager

Born in Iola, Kansas, Caden moved to Kansas City when he was eight. From an early age Caden has taken great interest in American Civil War and Italian Renaisance history. Starting with WMHM in early 2011 as a volunteer Caden has greatly enjoyed being able to teach others about history. He is currently in his senior year at Shawnee Mission East High School and plans on attending college for a degree in History.



Kelly Hentzen
Collections Intern

Rachel Krause
Collections & Special Projects Intern

Brenna Michels-Gates
Visitor & Community Relations Intern


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The John Wornall House

6115 Wornall Road
Kansas City, MO. 64113


The Alexander Majors House & Barn

8201 State Line Road
Kansas City, MO. 64114


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Photo Credits: Jeri Adams, Sarah Bader-King, John Browning, and Bruce Mathews