December 9, 2023

A new class of “Legends” in Lee’s Summit will be crowned on December 15 and honored in 2024. The Lee’s Summit Museum has announced their 2024 Legends of Lee’s Summit list, a who’s who of longtime business owners, civic leaders and champions of the nonprofit world. The Legends of Lee’s Summit commenced in 2023 to honor up to four individuals or families who have made an impact in Lee’s Summit – originally known as the town of Strother – which was founded in 1865. The 2024 class are:

• Buck Langsford andLangsford/Cox family – Civic/Pioneer Category.
• Tom Lovell – Civic/Pioneer Category.
• Mary Ann and Randy Rhoads and Ralph “Doc” Powell – Civic/Pioneer Category.
• Geneva High, Matt Sanning and Megan Salerno – Humanitarian Category.

“We are proud to honor multi-generational families this year. The 2024 Legends have influenced this area and Lee’s Summit for nearly 200 years, beginning in the 1830s,” Lee’s Summit Museum Board Member John Wisniewski said.

All Legend honorees will be publicly announced on the front steps of the Lee’s Summit History Museum (220 SW Main in Historic Downtown Lee’s Summit) at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 15. The public is also encouraged to attend and congratulate the Legends.

The Legends will also be honored at the Second Annual Legends of Lee’s Summit Gala, May 16, 2024, at the Longview Mansion. Tickets and sponsorship details are available at

“This is a unique opportunity to publicly recognize and honor individuals and families who have and continue to impact the community of Lee’s Summit’s past, present and future,” Wisniewski said.

For more information, contact Kim Berwald at 816-392-7692 or