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Sarah Smith Nessel
H C Mcdougal
Fred L Lee
Historical Sketch of Kansas City from the Beginning to 1909
Horse Racing Preceded Casino in Riverside
Missouri Generals: Traces of Their Legacy Dot The State's Landscape
A look at Missouri's five most famous generals: Alexander "Will" Doniphan, Sterling Price, Ulysses S. Grant, John J. Pershing, and Omar N. Bradley. Based on the author's book "Five Stars: Missouri's Most...
Killed by Rebels: A Civil War Massacre and Its Aftermath
A massacre occurred along the Lafayette-Saline County line in west central Missouri on October, 1864, between German Missourians and the William C. Quantrill gang led by George Todd and David Poole. Author...
General Maxwell D. Taylor and the War in Vietnam
May 22, 1905
A one-page paper on General Maxwell Taylor, "chief military architect of the Vietnam War" (according to this source) and 1964 ambassador to South Vietnam. Writer of the 1959 book "The Uncertain Trumpet"...
Historic Sites in Mormon History at Richmond, Missouri
A series of articles and plat maps of important sites in Mormon history in Richmond, Missouri including the David Whitmer Home, Richmond jail, a list of Mormon prisoners in Richmond, and biographical information...
City Window: Whistler's: Urban Flight in Reverse
After proving that Johnson Countians really can read. ..going to see if people in Westport really do read.
Historical Sketch of Kansas City, Mo., from the Beginning to 1909
Annotated chronology of the history of Kansas City, Missouri from prehistoric Indian eras to 1909, covering its many political changes in ownership (Spain, France, England, etc.).
For Those Who Love Horse Racing
Archives of local horse racing tales collected by 1870s horse racer William Mulkey and bequeathed to the author Albert Doerschuk.
Mane Museum: A Collection of Jewelry and Wreaths Made of Hair Weaves Art and History
Article about Leila's Hair Museum in Independence, a storehouse of wreaths made of hair as art works, a practice ending "in the 1900s," with photos.
Harold Bell Wright: Press Agent
January 1, 1931
Article about the effect of a "press agent" of Harold Bell Wright's 1907 book "Shepherd of the Hills" on the economy and tourism of Taney County and Branson, Missouri, and the surrounding Ozarks region....
My Indignation. ..My Shame
Article about the election frauds in Kansas City government, with a photo of fraudulent signatures in a precinct book and a photo of Gil Bourk, promoter of "permanent registration."
A Fragment of Early Kansas History
Article about the history of early Kansas with description of the Kansas-Nebraska Act, Horace Greeley's book ("American Conflict" volume 1, page 235) description of Kansas Territory, and involvement with...
Integration of Cultures as Reflected in the Services of a Mid-Missouri College Library
Article about the history of Lincoln University, founded (as Lincoln Institute) in Jefferson City, Missouri, in 1866 as an all-black college before becoming desegregated in 1954. Description of the gradual...
Kansas City Staff Sparks Investigation
Article about the investigation of the "Kansas City Public Library and its director, Richard B. Sealock" by the "Kansas City School Board" for selective book ordering and "inadequate branch service," etc....
Jean A. Merrill: Children's Libraries
Article about the Kansas City Public Library Children's Department's involvement with school book fairs for children in the Kansas City area, starting with the "Carnival of Books" in 1955, etc.
Fort Osage and George Champlin Sibley
Article about the life of George Sibley, the first "appointed United States factor, or trader at Fort Osage in 1808," including the operation of the fort until 1822 and later events such as the foundation...
The Hole in the Doughnut
Article about the service problems of the Kansas City Public Library and the Kansas City School Board written by a "book review editor of the 'Kansas City Star'" (pictured) from a layperson's point of...
News from the Clendening
Article about the University of Kansas Medical Center's Clendening Library and its recent renovation and rare book acquisitions.
The Value and the Sale of the Missouri Slave
January 1, 1914
Article attempts to trace the value of slaves in Missouri using county records and newspapers. Covers the time period from the early 1800s up to the Civil War. Includes various aspects of the issue.
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