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18th & Vine District to Inaugurate Jazz Walk of Fame
August 22-28, 2014
Article announces that a ceremony to honor distinguished Kansas City jazz musicians by installing 30-inch bronze medallions in the sidewalks along 18th Street near the 18th and Vine District will take...
A Cut Above
File containing photos and a biographical article about James Anderson, 38-year-old winner of a Black Chamber of Commerce of Greater Kansas City award as owner of his own James Place restaurant and adjacent...
A History of Disappointment, but Optimism Survives
November 24, 2013
Article describes problems facing the operations of the American Jazz Museum. The museum is compared against the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, which it shares a location with on 18th Street, and local...
A New Heritage of Frustrations
November 24, 2013
Article summarizes the current state of the 18th & Vine Jazz District redevelopment plan and problems that have held back its progress. Emanuel Cleaver, Ollie Gates, Troy Schulte, and other interested...
Argentine Library and Supermarket Proceeding
December 8-14, 2011
Article discusses the new Metropolitan Avenue Redevelopment District that stretches west from the 18th Street Expressway to S. 24th Street and north from Metropolitan Avenue to the railroad tracks. A grocery...
Art Tatum Had a Big Role in the Jazz Heyday Here
November 6, 1956
Death notice with biographical information about Art Tatum, a "jazz pianist" in "Kansas City in the heyday of jazz here in the early 1930s," dying at the age of 46 on November 5, 1956. Winner of national...
Artist Sketches Lessons of Life
File containing a photo and biographical article about Chester Starks, an artist and Kansas City health inspector since World War II. Creator of a locally well-known public restroom poster for the city...
Bill Hayden to Downtown Law Office
File containing a biographical article about William Hayden, a black Kansas City lawyer with offices "at the Traders National bank building at 12th and Grand" and formerly at 1825 A Vine Street and 1509...
Bro-An Card and Gift Shop to Hold Open House Sunday
April 12, 1952
News article about an event held at the "Bro-An Card and Gift Shop" at 1613 East 18th Street, owned by Mrs. Geneva Brown and Mrs. Helen Anderson.
C. H. Countee: A Negro Funeral Home Formerly Operated by Him
File containing an obituary for C. H. Countee, founder of "one of the first Negro funeral homes in Kansas City" at 1606 East 18th Street before dying at the age of 90.
Can't Miss This Sign of 18th and Vine
May 6, 2008
"The city plans to erect a flashing neon or LED sign nearly two stories tall on the top of the building near the corner of 18th Street and the Paseo." The sign with its lights should be visible for a mile...
Deaths: Gilbert G. Postlewait Glass Company Was Started by Him 35 Years Ago
Obituary for Gilbert Postlewait, "79, of 1023 North Liberty street, Independence, president of the Postlewait Glass company, 1819 Troost avenue." Native of Illinois coming to Kansas City about 1900 and...
Envision a Laser as a Light of Unity
July 26, 2008
A group called East Meets West of Troost are promoting the idea of having a green lazer beam shoot down 18th Street and connect the 18th and Vine area with the Crossroads Art District. City Councilman...
Franklin Name to New School: Elementary Unit at 3400 Highland Will Honor Negro Leader
Announcement of a new elementary school at 3400 Highland Avenue to be "named the C. A. Franklin school" after Chester Franklin (1880-1955), or C. A. Franklin, an early Kansas City civil rights activist...
Joy, Dedication Showed in Gadgetry and In Life
December 14, 2004
Fritz Kropf, founder of Fritz's Railroad Restaurant, died on Saturday, December 11, 2004. He died as a result of a fall from his motor scooter. The restaurant, located at 250 N. 18th Street in Kansas City,...
KCK Flour Mill Was One of the Largest of Its Time
September 1, 2010
Postcard image and short article about the old Southwestern Milling Company plant near present-day 18th Street and Kansas Avenue in Kansas City, Kansas. The mill was built in 1913 along the banks of the...
Law Offices Opened by William K. Hayden and Sherman Hughes, Jr.
September 13, 1957
Vertical file contains photos and a biographical article about William Hayden and Sherman Hughes, Jr., new lawyers opening new law offices in Kansas City. Hayden graduated from Howard University School...
Lawyer Hopes 'Firsts' Aren't 'Lasts' for Blacks
February 15, 1975
File containing a photo and biographical article about Mrs. Leona Pouncey Thurman, or Leona Thurman, "the first black woman to be admitted to the bar in Jackson County and to practice the profession in...
Measure Seeks National Designation For Museum
October 25, 2005
U.S. Senator Jim Talent has filed the legislation to make the local Negro Leagues Baseball Museum attain national recognition. The museum at 1616 E. 18th Street was founded in 1990. The designation would...
Meet the Nerdbots
January 11, 2009
Article profiles Nick and Angela Snyder, a husband and wife team who create robot sculptures from vintage canisters and outdated electronics. What began as a hobby is now a part-time business. With assistance...
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