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The Public Life of a Private Woman
Biographical article about Sheila Kemper Dietrich, a community activist in Kansas City and daughter of banker R. Crosby Kemper, with photos and descriptions of her activities as parks commissioner, rape...
The Spring Valley Park that Once Was
March 27, 2013
Postcard image of and short article about the Spring Valley Park, located between 28th St., and Woodland Ave., and 29th St., and Brooklyn Ave. With several natural springs and a lake, the area was a popular...
These KC Music Students will Rock You with Their Skills
April 23, 2014
Article profiles three Kansas City-area music schools that focus on teaching rock-based music instruction to young students: School of Rock, KC Rock Band & Guitar, and Rock School KC. Several instructors...
They Stood Their Ground To Make KC a Better Place
January 8, 2007
Article recalls some of the efforts made by African Americans in the 1950s and 1960s to integrate restaurants, theaters, work places and amusement parks like Fairyland Park. Most were young adults or teenagers...
Things Looking Up at This Park
June 1, 2010
Description of Kansas City's newly opened "Green Roof" park. The half-acre public park sits six stories high atop the Consentino's Market parking garage at 13th and Main streets. It can accomodate up to...
This Year's PIAC Picks Benefit Parks
June 18, 2003
PIAC stands for Public Improvements Advisory Committee and their recommendations have been approved by the City Council. Parks will benefit in the Northeast area including improvements to Cliff Drive,...
Tiffany Springs, Kansas City's Next Park: Dream of Spa Never Realized by Early Doctor
Article about the town of Tiffany Springs, Missouri, north of Kansas City near what later became Kansas City International Airport. The area was developed for its natural groundwater springs in the 1880s,...
To the End, Leathers Was an Original
September 16, 2005
Reminiscences of Kansas City writer, editor and publisher Tom Leathers, who died at age 77 on September 12, 2005. Includes comments about the "journalistic journeyman" by those who knew him, including...
Tower Park Could Gain Another Tower
City wants to put a communication tower in the Tower Park.
Troostwood Commons Park Seen as Model for Other Neighborhoods
Discusses the creation of Troostwood Commons Park by residents of the area.
Troupe Group Hopes to Raise Curtain on Space
December 28, 2005
Article describes the Just Off Broadway Theater Association, a coalition of community theater groups based in Penn Valley Park at 3051 Central Avenue. The article reports a five-year agreement between...
Unheralded Role by Black Soldiers is Saluted at Last
October 26, 2012
Article on the dedication of the Battle of Island Mound historic site. The battle was fought between Confederates and the First Kansas Colored Volunteer Infantry on October 27, 1862. The Kansas soldiers...
Vandals Trash Shoal Creek Museum
August 29, 2006
Vandals damaged parts of the Shoal Creek Living History Museum in Kansas City, North, just west of Liberty off of 152 Highway or Barry Road. The damage will amount to thousands of dollars. "The museum...
Vaydik "Misled" on Filming
Article about the new rules for filming the movie at Swope Park featuring adult film star Linda Lovelace. Frank Vaydik, "parks and recreation director," deceived by movie producers as to the pornographic...
Water Is Pumped into an Improved Lake in Loose Memorial Park
Photo of the lake with the article.
West Terrace One of Kessler's First Works
March 25, 2009
Short article and two postcard images of West Terrace Park. Overlooking the West Bottoms district, the 30-acre park was designed by landscape architect George Kessler and completed in 1907. It was also...
When Did Grand Avenue Become Grand Boulevard?
November 13, 1994
According to this question and answer column that appeared in the Star Magazine, Grand Avenue became a boulevard in 1993. "The change affects the stretch of Grand Avenue from Crown Center on the south...
Who's Who in Kansas City
Biographical article about Harry Burton, mayor of Kansas City, Kansas. He was born in 1887 in Climax, Kansas, arrived in Kansas City in about 1900 and worked as a telephone operator, elevator operator,...
Wilbur H. Dunn
Information about Dunn, the superintendant of the parks for many years.
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...
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