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Effort to Designate Liberty Memorial
September 27, 2008
Short piece noting that Missouri U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill wants to make the Liberty Memorial the official National World War I Memorial. McCaskill and Missouri Senator Kit Bond filed a bill to so...
For Many, a Memorial Long Overdue
July 27, 2008
Article describes the drive by the Skywalk Memorial Foundation to erect a monument to the victims of the Hyatt Regency skywalk collapse. It also discusses the disaster's long-term affect on the city and...
General Joseph O. Shelby Undefeated to the Last
January 26, 2011
Postcard image of the Joseph O. Shelby memorial at Forest Hill Cemetery (69th & Troost) and short article about the military career of General Shelby. The memorial pays homage to Confederate soldiers who...
Kansas City's First Memorial
March 10, 2010
Postcard image and short article about the history of the August R. Meyer Memorial. Located at 10th Street and Paseo Boulevard, the monument was dedicated on June 2, 1909, in memory of August Meyer, first...
Liberty Memorial 'Flame' to Return
February 1, 2013
Article announces that the steam and light flame atop the Liberty Memorial will be relighted following several months of service and upgrades. A history of the flame effect is provided along with a list...
Liberty Memorial Great Frieze
November 9, 2011
Postcard image of and short article about the stone frieze carved into the north wall of the Liberty Memorial monument. The frieze measures 18 feet high and 140 feet long. It was designed by Italian sculptor...
Memorial Still Lacks Funds
July 17, 2012
The Skywalk Memorial Foundation has not yet been able to raise enough funds to begin construction at Hospital Hill Park at 22nd Street and Gillham Road. The foundation cannot break ground until it can...
Memorial to Black Vets to Be Unveiled
September 7, 2010
A memorial of polished, black granite honoring black veterans in all conflicts will be unveiled by the parks department and Enshriners on Sunday, September 12, 2010. Located in the median on The Paseo...
Memories Take Wing
July 18, 2011
Article about the groundbreaking for the Skywalk Memorial to be built at Hospital Hill Park. The ceremony was held Sunday, July 17, 2011, with dozens of survivors, families of survivors, and emergency...
Park Board OKs Site for a Korean War Memorial
November 21, 2007
Kansas City Board of Parks and Recreation Commissioners approved a project to create a memorial for Missourians who died in the Korean War in Washington Square Park, near Union Station. "The design by...
Recruiting Star Power
December 29, 2010
As the World War I centennial in 2014 approaches, Brian Alexander, president of the WWI Museum at Liberty Memorial, is considering an aggressive approach “to enhance the monument’s national profile.”...
Remembering 'Forgotten' War
September 29, 2011
Photograph and article about the dedication of the Missouri Korean War Veterans Memorial located in Washington Square Park, Kansas City, Missouri. The memorial is a result of the efforts of James Shultz,...
Robert Graham, a Sculptor of Icons, Dies
December 29, 2008
Article about the death of sculptor Robert Graham, at age 70, in Santa Monica Califoarnia. Graham was the creator of the 18-foot monument to Charlie Parker at 17th and Vine, near the American Jazz Museum....
Tributes to the Fallen
February 20, 2011
Pictures and story about items left as remembrances at "The Wall That Heals," a traveling half-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall installed in Blue Springs the Fall of 2010 at Pink Hill...
Wall Is Gone, But Memories Remain
November 16, 2010
Displayed four days in Blue Springs, Missouri, the traveling replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial attracted approximately 50,000 visitors who left about 20 cubic feet of artifacts at the wall. The...
WWI Memorial Bill Has KC Up in Arms
September 24, 2008
Congressman Ted Poe of Texas has requested the creation of a World War I memorial on the National Mall in Washington D.C. even though Congress designated Kansas City's Liberty Memorial as the National...
Yom HaShoah Ceremony Marks 45th Year of Sculpture
April 11, 2008
A ceremony on May 4, 2008, commemorates the 45th anniversary of the dedication of the Memorial to the Six Million, an aluminum sculpture located on the Jewish Community Campus. The sculpture was originally...
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