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Thank You Walt Disney,...
James a Fussell
40 Years, Mostly of Miracles
September 10, 2011
In-depth article about Operation Breakthrough and the two women, Sister Berta Sailer and Sister Corita Bussanmas, that began the child care center in 1971 to provide child care to the poor. The Catholic...
A "Shut In" Farm
Story of the changes from rural to urban environment surrounding the Webster Withers mansion, built in about 1883 at 31st and Troost Avenues "to get away out on a farm."
A Gold Mine
January 15-21, 2004
Article describes a local civil rights tour proposed by Kansas Citian Anita Dixon. The tour includes a stop at the Green Duck Lounge, where African American activist, and founder of Freedom Incorporated,...
A Spanish Type Building, Designed for High Class Shops, on Thirty-first Street
Illustration and caption about a new commercial building at 115 East 31st Street to be called the "Belva Shops," designed in Spanish architectural style by architects Shepard & Wiser and intended by owner...
Artist Unveils Mural Depicting Life on Troost Avenue
September 8-14, 2006
Brief article reporting the unveiling of artist Alexander Austin's mural at 31st Street and Troost Avenue, depicting the history of the area.
Conjuring Walt Disney's Magic: Work Is Under Way on Museum in KC
January 26, 2004
Article discusses the construction of an interactive museum honoring Disney's legacy in Kansas City located at 31st Street and Forest Avenue in a brick building where Disney worked at Laugh-O-Gram Films....
Death of Robert Rhoades
January 21, 1956
Obituary for Robert Rhoades, 76, who played professional baseball for the Cleveland Indians from 1903 to 1909 and for the Kansas City Blues until he retired in 1913. Rhoades also built and operated the...
Group Hopes to Revive Old Disney Studio
May 28, 2012
Article reports on fundraising efforts by a group called Thank You Walt Disney, Inc., for the restoration of the old Laugh-O-Gram animation studio at 31st Street and Forest Avenue. The group hopes to reopen...
Health Center Head Is Named
October 13, 1967
Dr. Samuel Rodgers appointed director of the new neighborhood health center to be opened soon [in 1967] at Wayne Miner court. Dr. Rodgers was also "a partner in group practice at the Doctors clinic" at...
Ivanhoe to Get New Center
January 18, 2006
Article describes the near-completion of the Nutter Ivanhoe Neighborhood Center, a community center at 37th Street and Woodland Avenue designed to serve the Ivanhoe neighborhood. A former fire station...
New Life for Kansas City's Grand Old Homes
File containing an article on restoration of old homes and their surrounding neighborhoods in Kansas City, including the residence of architect Robert Berkebile and his family at 600 East 31st Street,...
Night on the Town: Organist Says Music Cures Ills
File containing a photo and biographical article about Reginald Buckner, an African American music teacher at Northeast Junior High School in Kansas City, Kansas and "organist-leader of a 4-man combo that...
Notice to Property Owners of the Opening, Widening and Establishing of Warwick Boulevard from the South Line of Thirty-first Street to the North Line of South Moreland
Article announcing the plans to enlarge Warwick Boulevard from 31st to "South Moreland" Streets, listing all property owners of the area affected.
Outpouring Needed to Fix KC Fountains
February 5, 2013
Article on the City of Fountains Foundation fundraising efforts to repair the city's fountains. More than half of the 48 public fountains need repairs for damage or deterioration that is beyond the scope...
Selecting a Catalyst for Bus Stop Art
November 21, 2010
Picture and article talks about the sculpture “Catalyst” by Kansas City artist Matt Dehaemers installed at the MAX bus stop at 31st and Troost Avenue. The sculpture is a 30-foot-tall aluminum and steel...
Tribute to a Pioneer: Anna Ragan Came Here in 1837
Portrait and biographical article about Anna Carter Ragan, or Anna Ragan (ca. 1797-1886), an early Kansas City settler "known as a peacemaker among her neighbors" and "wife of one of the 14 organizers...
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