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Youth Agency Gets $1 Million Grant
October 11, 2002
Article relates that Steppingstone, an agency that serves Kansas City-area homeless and at-risk youths, received a $1 million federal grant October 10, 2002. Steppinstone's parent agency, Evangelical Children's...
Wonderscope, Children's Place Set Sights On a 'Wow" For Kids
February 19, 2008
Two local children's museums want to merge and build "a world-class destination museum." The governing boards of both the Children's Museum of Kansas City and of Wonderscope have now signed a letter of...
Woman of 80 on TV Show Is a Former Kansas Citian
May 3, 1953
Article profiles actress Gertrude Hoffman (80), who lived in Kansas City with her family from 1919 to 1917 before beginning an acting career in film and television at the age of 60. Hoffman reflects back...
Winnwood Beach, the Atlantic City of the Midwest
July 31, 1996
Discussion of the history and development of Winnwood Beach by Frank Winn approximately in 1912. The resort included three lakes, a water slide, picnic area, children's beach, roller coasters, and 300...
Winners of the West newspaper
Entire run of the "Winners of the West" newspaper published in Saint Joseph, Missouri from December 1923 to January 1939 with the exception of some issues in the first six volumes. Called "[t]he only paper...
William A. Kimsey
Photo and obituary for William Kimsey, a former slave dying at the age of 110 on October 2, 1969. Description of his life and career, "[b]orn into slavery March 20, 1859, in Louisville, Ky.," and brought...
Whizzo's Wonderland: Capers Rewarded by Adoring Children
Photo and biographical article about Frank Wiziarde, "a hot commodity here in the '50s and '60s" as Whizzo the Clown, a character "created in 1952 when the Cook Paint and Varnish Company bought KMBC-TV,"...
Whizzo the Clown
July 27, 2005
In the "Postcards of Historic Northeast" column the featured postcard is of Whizzo the Clown and titled "Whizzo on TV 9". According to information supplied with this card, Frank Oliver Wiziarde was a Westmoreland,...
Westport Public Schools
Schedules for openings of Westport public schools, including the Penn School for "colored" or black children.
Waldo Residents Plant Seeds to Reopen Elementary School
July 24, 2012
A group of Waldo residents have formed the Friends of Hale Cook organization to convince the Kansas City Public School District to reopen Hale Cook Elementary School. The group wants their children to...
Voice for Victims
September 25, 2011
Article describes the efforts of SNAP (Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests), a national organization dedicated to exposing child-abusing priests in the Catholic Church. In recent months, the organization...
Visually Impaired Children Find Help
August 22, 2007
The Children's Center for the Visually Impaired, at 3101 Main, started in 1952 as the Kansas City Nursery School for the Blind. The Center serves about 55 communities within 90 miles of Kansas City, working...
Viola Byrd. ..Loving Ways with a Big Family
File containing photos and a biographical article about Viola Byrd, an 82-year-old former housecleaner and matriarch of a large Kansas City family as mother of 16 children, residing "in a neat bungalow"...
Vandals Even at War Memorial
November 12, 1926
Amid the excitement attending the departure of Queen Marie's party from Memorial Hill, a crowd of children and some older persons rushed to the shaft and started to tear off pieces of the copper leaves...
Up and Away
Photo and caption about the interruption of a magic show "at the Gillis Home for Children, 8150 Wornall" Road, by the appearance of a man "dressed as the late William Gilliss [or William Gillis], for whom...
Twilight for Aged House as Wreckers Approach the Scene
File containing an article about the impending demolition of the large residence of Philip Shelly Brown, Sr., or Philip Brown, built in 1868 at 12th and Tracy Avenues by P. S. Brown, a lawyer by profession,...
Troupe Could be Another Player in Lee's Summit
December 29, 2008
The Martin City Melodrama, a local theater group known for satire and vaudeville, is going to make a place in Lee's Summit, Missouri, its home. "The nonprofit group and community leaders are discussing...
Tragedy, Trauma in Liberty
May 10, 2005
Coverage of a May 9, 2005 school bus crash in Liberty, Missouri, which killed two adults and injured 23 children, two critically. The collision took place at about 8:20 a.m. at the intersection of Missouri...
To Be Young, Gifted and Black in the Days of Segregated Independence
January 30, 2009
Article tells the story of Alversia Brown Pettigrew who grew up in the African American neighborhood called "The Neck" in Independence. She was among the first children to attend integrated schoools in...
Threatt Is Proud of Work to Boost Kansas City
December 8, 1999
File containing a biographical article about James Threatt, "a former assistant city manager" and "the first director of the Model Cities program here form 1968 to 1972." Born in Virginia in 1923 and coming...
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