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Eugene Genovese, the Missouri Elite, and Civil War Historiography
Biographical article about Eugene Genovese, author of the book "The Political Economy of Slavery." Description of the distinct social and economic system imposed by the antebellum "Missouri Elite" planters...
Ezra Meeker--Apostle of the Oregon Trail
Photos and biographical article about Ezra Meeker (1830-1928), a traveler on the Oregon Trail starting in 1852 and marking the trail and writing books about it starting in the early 1900s. Description...
Fine Furniture Factory
Located at 1730 Oak Street, the factory owned by E. Roemer produces fine furniture made of mahogany, satinwood, rosewood, and birdseye maple. The two-story brick plant employs 12 to 16 workmen, who engage...
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.
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...
Frank and Ardis Glenn and the Glenn Bookshop
Article on Frank and Ardis Glenn and their antique and rare book business, the Glenn Bookshop. Frank joined the publishing business in 1924, and after managing a rare book department and developing a number...
Frank Harris, A Literary Trail Driver
The author of this article points out some of the inaccuracies by author Frank Harris as far as his remembering his earlier days (1870s) as a cowboy and trail driver in this book of his reminiscences....
From Virginia to Missouri in 1846: The Journal of Elizabeth Ann Cooley
Elizabeth Ann Cooley was born July 21, 1825, in Grayson County, Virginia. She died of typhoid fever on March 28, 1848, being 22 years old. In her first journal (1842-1846) she wrote of her life in Virginia...
Galena on the James
History of Galena, Missouri, the county seat of Stone County in the Ozarks located on the James River. Covers from about 1837 to 1886.
Gass's Journal of the Travels of a Corps of Discovery, from the Mouth of the Missouri through the Interior Parts of North America
Book review of "A Journal of the Voyages and Travels of a Corps of Discovery" by Patrick Gass, "one of the Persons employed in the Expedition." Description of their voyage from Saint Louis along the Missouri...
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"...
General Orders No. 11 and Border Warfare during the Civil War
Extensive article about the events surrounding Civil War Order Number 11 in Jackson County, Missouri and surrounding counties, with photos and illustrations.
George Champlin Sibley
Illustration (of Fort Osage) and biographical article about George Champlin Sibley, or George Sibley (1782-1863), factor or Indian agent of Fort Osage in eastern Jackson County, Missouri from its erection...
Getting the Most Out of Life
This article is actually Chapter 6 of the book Evangelism's First Modern Media Star: The Life of Reverend Bill Stidger by his grandson. This chapter details the time period of the mid 1920s when Stidger...
Gone But Not Forgotten: A History of the Burials in the Jewish Cemeteries in Kansas City
Details are given about the researching and publication of the book "Gone But Not Forgotten: A History of the Burials in the Jewish Cemeteries in Kansas City" by Anita Loeb. Includes a photograph of the...
Govt. and Politics: Ready-Mix Regime
Photo (of Tom Pendergast) and book review of "Tom's Town" by William Reddig, about the Kansas City Pendergast machine headed by Boss Tom Pendergast (owner of the "Ready-Mixed Concrete" company).
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....
Article describes several Kansas ghost stories, as documented by researcher Lisa Hefner Heitz in her 1997 book Haunted Kansas (MVSC 133.1 H47H). The reported hauntings mentioned in the article occurred...
Hearts West: Mail-order Brides Seeking Romance
February 1, 2007
Article is an excerpt from the book Hearts West: True Stories of Mail-Order Brides on the Frontier by Chris Enss. Kansas City was the home of a publication called Matrimonial News which came out once a...
Historian's Corps of Discovery: Ambrose Hopes to Restore the Missouri
December 7, 1998
Photo and biographical article about Stephen Ambrose, a 62-year-old "author and historian" becoming actively involved in restoring the natural condition of the Missouri River following his writing of the...
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