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A Rough Start on New Life
May 18, 2009
Article describes the difficulties encountered by Sudanese, Iraqis, and other refugees coming to Kansas City. Jewish Vocational Services and Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas City have seen a drop...
A Tug-of-War Over 'Murderabilia'
September 29, 2012
Article on the disputed ownership of notebooks, copies of investigative files, crime scene photographs, and correspondence relating to the muder of the Clutter family in Holcomb, Kansas in 1959 that have...
Artist Brings Her Joy to Kansas City
September 29, 2011
Article on native Kansas City artist Rita Blitt and exhibits of her work at Longview and Penn Valley Community Colleges. Her paintings and sculptures "are noted for their colorful, sweeping, swirling lines...
Artist's Addition Is a Tribute to Rosa Parks
January 9, 2006
Article describing artist Alexander Austin's addition of Rosa Parks images to his Martin Luther King mural at Linwood Boulevard and Troost Avenue. Austin, who also painted the mural located at 58th and...
Bringing Back The Square
May 9, 2010
Article profiles Ken and Cindy McClain who have poured their energies and their fortune into reviving the Independence square. Starting with Ophelia's restaurant, which they opened in the former Katz Drugstore...
Community Mourns 'Larger than Life' Rabbi
November 15, 2012
Article remembering the life and career of Rabbi Morris B. Margolies. Born in Jerusalem in 1921, he moved to the United States in 1930. He eventually made his way to Kansas City, and served at Beth Shalom...
Death of Quantrill Aide
March 4, 1932
Article reports the death of Frank Smith, who died on his eighty-sixth birthday, March 3, 1932. Smith was 17 years old when he participated in William Clark Quantrill's August 21, 1863 raid on Lawrence,...
Dr. James Montgomery
Obituary for Dr. James Montgomery, a surgeon for more than 50 years dying at the age of 86 in 1973.
Dry as a Bone
July 22, 2012
Article discussing the effects of the drought of 2012. Extreme high temperatures and a lack of rain are creating conditions comparable to the Dust Bowl of the 1930s in the region. The drought has already...
Obituary for Eugene Montgomery, a former Missouri state representative from Jackson County, Missouri, dying at the age of 88 on March 17, 1955 in Blue Springs.
Francis Montgomery Veatch Obituary
Obituary for Francis Montgomery Veatch, or Francis Veatch, a retired partner in the Black & Veatch (a nationally known engineering firm in Kansas City), dying at the age of 78 in 1969.
Frank Trask Is Dead
File containing an obituary for architect Frank Edgar Trask, or Frank Trask, "86 years old, of 7570 Olive street." Native of Axtell, Kansas coming to Kansas City about 1908 as designer of the Grand Avenue...
Obituary for Harry Montgomery, chairman of the board of the Price Candy Company and a member of the board of governors of the Kansas City Art Institute and a director of the Linwood State Bank and Starlight...
J. W. M'Kecknie Is Dead: Veteran Architect Was Widely Known in His Field
Photo and obituary for John McKecknie (1862-1934), an architect with offices in the New York Life Building and residence at 4811 Holly Street. Description of his life and career as a native of Ohio coming...
Jewel Ball Returns to the Nelson
April 20, 2008
June 21, 2008, the Jewel Ball returns to its home at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Since 2001 the ball has been held at Starlight Theatre due to the museum's major renovations. The article details the...
KC's Social Media Club Carves Niche
September 9, 2012
Article reports on the activities of the Social Media Club of Kansas City, described as a group of "entrepreneurs, boosters, bloggers, wordspreaders and charity organizations...who have quietly made Kansas...
King Louie Buy a Good Deal?
March 3, 2012
Johnson County officials have purchased the vacant King Louie West bowling alley for $2 million dollars with plans to spend an additional $1.6 million in renovations for the dillapidated building. The...
Article about the Blair family of Missouri, especially Francis Blair, Jr., also known as Frank Blair, a "bitter foe of slavery" and "one of the most powerful figures in Missouri history," with portrait....
Article about the Blair family of Missouri, including Montgomery Blair, the defense lawyer for Dred Scott in the famous slavery court case, and brother and fellow federal cabinet member of Francis Blair,...
Museum a Bit Less Creepy with Bright New Look
January 5, 2014
Article describes changes made to the Glore Psychiatric Museum in St. Joseph, Missouri, by interpretative planner Sara Wilson. Wilson's background and the history of the museum are described. Wilson is...
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