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Santa fe Trail
Ivan L Waite
James N Leiker
A Geographical History of the Santa Fe Trail
An essay detailing the Santa Fe Trail that spanned from Santa Fe, New Mexico on the western end and the various accounts of where it may have ended on the eastern end, oftentimes being noted as Independence,...
America's Crossroads: A Century of Kansas City Essays from the Missouri Historical Review
Article, written by the editors of a collection of articles on the history of Kansas City, discusses key themes and trends in Kansas City historical writing. The authors explain their choices for inclusion,...
Art: Architectural History of City Long Overdue
Book review of "Kansas City, Missouri: An Architectural History, 1926-1976" by George Ehrlich, former "president of the Kansas City Chapter of Architectural Historians and also chairman of UMKC's art and...
German in Kansas
This bibliographic review article is part of the "Review Essay Series" published in Kansas History. The author presents a general overall view of German states in Europe prior to the immigration period,...
Getting Lost on a Civil War Battlefield
Detailed analysis on the history of mapping the areas of the Battle of Big Blue and the Battle of Westport. Both battles took place in October 1864 during Confederate Major General Sterling Price's Missouri...
Give Or Take A Lie Or Two
An article about the conflicting stories of both filmmakers and historians when it comes to the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Blomquist gives examples of several Hollywood films that attempt to portray the...
Haddix Research Enhances Knowledge of Bird's Youth
Brief item describing an article from The Kansas City Star, June 26, 2005, reporting on jazz historians Chuck Haddix and Llew Walker's discoveries of the addresses of Charlie "Bird" Parker in the Kansas...
Historic Sites in Wyandotte County, Revisited
Three lists of historic sites in Wyandotte County, created by historians interested in preservation. The first list was created historian Grant W. Harrington in 1935, while the second list, created by...
In Memoriam: Farewell to Historic Preservationists Who Dedicated Their Lives to The Future of the Past
Includes two individuals who died this year, Jane Fifield Flynn (1924-2006) and Tim Cox (1956-2006). Includes their picture. Jane Flynn was President of the Jackson County Historical Society at one time....
John Root's Monadnock Building
Photos and article (written by the architectural critic for the Kansas City Star) about the 1892 Monadnock Building in Chicago designed by John Root of the architectural firm of Burnham & Root, designers...
Legacy of K. C. Pioneer Bachelor, William Gillis
Biographical article about William Gillis, "well known by historians as the owner and operator of the Gilliss House hotel on the riverfront of the River Market area" and "as the owner and operator of the...
Looking Back to Move Ahead
Article describing efforts to link contemporary land development to the historic overland trails passing through the Kansas City area. The concept of transforming Bannister Mall into "the Three Trails...
Mass Commercial Amusements in Kansas City before World War I
Comprehensive article exploring the urban cultural aspect of popular entertainment in Kansas City, rather than the more commonly studied aspect of high culture entertainment. Description and photos of...
Newspapers--An Important Historical Source
Brief history of American newspapers as a value to historians, including newspapers in Missouri and Jackson County, Missouri, mentioning several early Kansas City area newspapers.
Porque Monterrey?: The Death and Mysterious Burial of Merchant Manuel Alvarez, Part 1
Article describes the mysterious death of Manuel Alvarez in Monterrey, Mexico, in 1856. Alvarez has been described by historians as a successful trapper, merchant, and politician, but strove during his...
Race Relations in the Sunflower State
Part of the "Review Essay Series" of the magazine. The author reviews the question of race in Kansas history. He contends that Kansas society has been structured by race even though the topic has not been...
Selling the 'Noble Savage' Myth: George Catlin and the Iowa Indians in Europe, 1843-1845
This study is partly about the American artist George Catlin and his white contemporaries who promoted a mythical image of Native Americans for profit. Their story is relatively well known to historians...
August 1, 2006
Article describing the "mature years" of the Santa Fe Trail Association, upon the 20th anniversary of the group. The author begins recounting from the time of the SFTA's third symposium, in late September,...
SFTA--The Early Years
August 1, 2006
Article describes the founding and early development of the Santa Fe Trail Association. The group traces its beginnings to a 1986 organizational meeting held in Trinidad, Colorado.
Sutter In Westport: Prelude For a Pioneer, Part I
The author states in the beginning of the article that "historians have largely relied again and again on just a few (not unbiased) chroniclers to depict Sutter's 1836-1838 Westport experience. Fortunately...
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