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Stranded in Kansas City or, a Fate Worse than Vaudeville
First of two autobiographical articles from the book by Gypsy Rose Lee, a nationally famous striptease artist recounting her experiences as a burlesque performer at the Missouri Theater at 10th and Missouri...
Symphony Designers Showhouse XXXVI
Article profiles the 2005 Symphony Designers' Showhouse at 5300 Belleview. Describes past owners and occupants of the home, including the original owner, John A. Gallagher.
Table and Contents: Keeping Up with Tradition
Photo and biographical article about Virginia McDonald (?~1969), "a grand old lady buried in a country cemetery in Gallatin, Mo.," spending "most of her life laboring to turn her tearoom into a dining...
The 1918 Kansas City Influenza Epidemic
October 1, 1968
Detailed account of the 1918 effects of the influenza epidemic in Kansas City that also swept the country. In Kansas City, the last four months of 1918, 1,865 Kansas Citians died from the flu or pneumonia....
The Battle of Westport
Photo and biographical description of Reverend Paul Burrill Jenkins, author of this article and a book about the Battle of Westport, and "pastor of the Linwood Boulevard Presbyterian Church of this City,...
The Brave Old World of Evan S. Connell
Photo and biographical article about novelist Evan Connell, formerly of Kansas City, reviewing his writing career, especially the "Mrs. Bridge" book, and comparing him to contemporaries John Updike, John...
The Croatian Immigrant in Wyandotte County
The first in a series of articles on ethnic communities in Wyandotte County. The article provides an historical overview of the Croatian immigrant experience in Wyandotte County, Kansas, including information...
The Enemy Among Us--POW's in Missouri During World War II
Article reviews "The Enemy Among Us," a book by David Fiedler describing Italian and German POW's in Missouri during World War II. Specific instances of the use of POW labor in the Kansas City area are...
The Expulsion of the Mormons from Jackson County, Missouri
Article details the experience of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, also called the Mormons, while they were in Jackson County, Missouri, from 1832-1834. "The Mormons were not indifferent...
The First Book on Kansas: The Story of Edward Everett Hale's "Kanzas and Nebraska"
Review of the first book about Kansas (according to this source), entitled "Kanzas and Nebraska" and written by Edward Hale in 1854.
The Founding of Westport, Mo.: Charles Spalding, Westport and Kansas City's First Town Booster
Photo and biographical article about Charles Carroll Spalding, or Charles Spalding (1826-1876 ca.), perhaps the first civic booster or promoter for Kansas City and Westport. Native of Vermont coming to...
The Greatest of River Routes
Book review of "History of Early Steamboat Navigation on the Missouri River" by Hiram Martin Chittenden. The book is about Missouri River history, especially its navigation by explorers and Indians since...
The History of Kansas City Projects and the Origins of American Urban History
June 14, 1905
This journal article describes the history of The Kansas City Project. Established in 1955 by R. Richard Wohl of the University of Chicago, this project used Kansas City as a laboratory for studying entrepreneurship...
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...
The Irish in Wyandotte County
The second in a series of articles on ethnic communities in Wyandotte County, Kansas. The article provides an historical overview of early Irish families, as well as organizations, churches, and businesses....
The Kansas City Meat Packing Industry before 1900
Illustrations and article about the history of the meat packing industry in Kansas City from its beginnings following the Civil War to 1900, with descriptions of the Plankinton and Armour Packing Company...
The Kansas City School District & the Death of Democracy
Photo (of Demps) and essay about the troubled tenure of Benjamin Demps as superintendent of schools for the Kansas City School District from 1999 to 2001. Discussion on reasons for the school district's...
The Ku Klux Klan in the City, 1915-1930
May 20, 1905
Book excerpts with table about the Ku Klux Klan in Kansas City, St. Louis, St. Joseph, and Missouri as a whole in the 1910s-1920s. The "Kansas City klavern" membership was described as "slightly stronger...
The New Eden of the Far West
Book review of "A Journey through Kansas" by Boynton and Mason about the authors' voyage in 1854 from Weston, Missouri through Kansas Territory to the Rocky Mountains (then the western limit of the territory)....
Photo and biographical description of Ripley Dunlap Saunders, or Ripley Saunders, "author of 'John Kenadie,' a novel of Arkansas." Saunders born in Ripley, Mississippi in 1856 and moving to Saint Louis...
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