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The Best-Kept Secret on the Westside - Part 7: What it Takes to Keep Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine Open
June 7-13, 2007
Article series tells about the hard work done by the Guadalupans to raise money. Fiestas, mariachi Masses, and tamale sales are among their projects. The article also lists the costs for maintaining and...
The Faithful, Troubled Gather to Hear Graham
October 8, 2004
Evangelist Billy Graham brought his Heart of America Billy Graham Crusade to Kansas City from October 7-10, 2004. It is being held in Arrowhead Stadium with 7750 in attendance on the first night in which...
The Inner Light of Neighborhoods: KCK's Ethnic Communities and the Churches They Built
March 9, 1980
Article about the ethnic neighborhoods, largely Eastern European, in Kansas City, Kansas, especially Strawberry Hill, centering often around churches. Description of the following ethnic groups: Croatians,...
The Legacy of the Rev. E. A. Freeman: A Life of Commitment
File containing a photo and obituary for Reverend E. A. Freeman, "the retired pastor of First Baptist Church" in Kansas City, Kansas for 50 years, dying in 1999.
The Melting Pot: Sunday Hour Moving Toward Multi-Racial Congregations
August 31-September 6, 2007
This is the final installment in a series of articles about the effects of integration on black America. The article focuses on multi-racialism as it pertains to Kansas City-area churches. While the author...
The Newest and Oldest Church
Article about the city's oldest standing church, the Saint Peter and Saint Paul, for German speakers, adjacent to the newest church, the Grand Avenue Methodist.
The Pastor's Wife: Affection for People Needed for Happiness
March 15, 1958
Vertical file contains a photo and biographical article about Ophelia Henderson, "wife of pastor of the Friendship Baptist church." She was born as Ophelia London in Tennessee, graduating from college...
The Pastor's Wife: Challenges Ahead for a Social Worker
September 15, 1959
Vertical file contains a photo and biographical article about Pauline Howard, wife of Rev. Cecil Howard, "pastor of the Allen Chapel African Methodist Episcopal church." She was born in Houston as Pauline...
The Rev. Earl Abel, Longtime Baptist Pastor, Dies
May 19, 2005
Article and obituary for the Rev. Earl Abel, who died May 17, 2005, in Kansas City, Missouri. Abel led the Palestine Missionary Baptist Church for 46 years, growing in membership numbers from eleven congregants...
The Reverend Chester Morrison Truex Obituary
Obituary for Reverend Chester Morrison Truex, or Chester Truex, secretary of the Missouri Baptist Historical Society and active in the Missouri Baptist churches for almost 60 years before dying at the...
The Reverend Dr. Sere S. Myers
December 17, 2000
File containing a photo and obituary for Reverend Sere Stacy Myers, or Sere Myers (1898-2000), longtime pastor of Christian churches in Kansas City. Native of Mississippi coming to Kansas city in 1932...
The Reverend J. Allen Watson Obituary
Obituary for Reverend J. Allen Watson, former general secretary of the Kansas City Council of Churches, dying at the age of 68 in 1963.
The Reverend Retires
December 1, 2007
Profile of and interview with Rev. Wallace S. Hartsfield, who is stepping down as senior pastor of Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church (2310 E. Linwood Blvd) after 40 years. A respected civic and religious...
The Son of All Pipe Organs
May 20, 2007
Advisory committee for the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts selected a Casavant concert pipe organ to be installed in the new Symphony Hall. Kansas City has four Casavant organs in area churches,...
The Very Reverend J. Earl Cavanaugh
September 5, 2007
Obituary for James Earl Cavanaugh, Dean Emeritus of Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral, serving from 1976 to 1995. Under his leadership, in cooperation with other downtown ministries, he opened a soup kitchen...
Theological Seminary Installs Hartsfield to First Endowed Chair
January 22-28, 2010
Dr. Wallace S. Hartsfield II has been named the Fred E. Young associate professor of Hebrew Bible at Central Baptist Theological Seminary. The Rev. Mr. Hartsfield earned his Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible at Emory...
There's More than BBQ Cooking in Vine District
September 7, 2009
Community meetings were held to discuss the goal of devising a "Vine Street District Economic Development Plan for the 20 square blocks bounded by Ninth and 29th streets, the Paseo and Troose Avenue. Its...
To Calm Grief, He Builds Churches
Roe Messner, former husband of Tammy Faye Bakker Messner, is a prolific church builder. For more than 50 years, Messner has been putting up churches across the country, and now has built churches in 47...
Top Area African American Churches
May 20-May 26, 1988
Article made up of a table showing local African American church names, addresses, years founded, membership rolls, and ministers.
Two Worlds Embrace
January 2, 2013
Article describes the efforts of the Village Presbyterian Church in Prairie Village, Kansas to help the residents of the Ivanhoe Neighborhood of Kansas City improve their community. Residents and church...
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