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Where Were They Then?
List, brief descriptions, and several photographs of historic restaurants in Kansas City and Johnson County, Kansas.
Where Candy is Made
May 1, 1903
Report on the Loose-Wiles Biscuit Company, a cracker and candy manufacturer. Includes detailed information on the candy-making process and interior photographs of various candy-making departments and workers....
When the Union and Kansas Pacific Built Through Kansas
Article about the construction of railroads into Kansas. Includes numerous newspaper references to the laying of the track and the political issues involved as well as the history leading up to the event....
What's In a Name? The Bloch Family
December 1, 2003
Article features the Bloch families, Henry, Richard and Leon, founders of H & R Block tax services. The brothers grew up in Kansas City and started the business in earnest in 1955. Includes photographs...
West Edge: Dream Project Has Unique Challenges and Opportunities
Article about the stalled West Edge project just off the Country Club Plaza at Belleview Avenue and 48th Street, detailing the design that was Bob Bernstein’s vision until he walked away from the project....
Article about the life and work of architect Mary Rockwell Hook. It focuses particularly on her work for the Pine Mountain Settlement School in Kentucky and includes photographs of her buildings there....
Welcoming "Pa" on the Kaw: Kansas's "Colored" Militia and the 1864 Price Raid
Article gives a history of the African American militia units in Kansas raised during the Civil War. It details those "colored" units that fought in the Battle of Westport and the battles in this area...
Volunteers Helping: Collections at Society Archives Are Growing
Description of "[c]opies of materials and photographs of the old Webb Castle on Truman Road from Clara Lee Webb's album" acquired by the Jackson County Historical Society.
Voices from the Territory
Photographs and descriptions of 19 key figures in the history of the Kansas Territory. The individuals pictured and described in the article are: Florella Brown Adair, John Brown Jr. and Own Brown (sons...
Vintage KC: 1920-1921
Photographs and a brief article about the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City building at 925 Grand. Construction of the 367,000-square-foot building began in in May 1920 and was completed in November...
Unlocking the Shackled Past of Jackson County's Jail in Independence
The Jackson County Historical Society is celebrating its 45th anniversary of ownership and operation of the 1859 Jail in Independence, Missouri. This article is the second of two installments concerning...
Twisters, Trains & Transitions
Article with photographs about John William "Blind" Boone, the piano virtuoso from the 1800s. It includes a color photograph of his piano that was specially made for him by Chickering & Sons in Boston...
Toward the Horizon: Alex S. MacLean's Photographs
June 25, 1905
Article describes photographer Alex S. MacLean's project to document Kansas City's "built and natural environments" from the air. Also described are other aerial photographs, including those in the Library...
Toward Fisher's Fence: Getting On Tract To Preserve One of Our Most Intact, Early Homesteads
Article about the Adam and Letty Fisher homestead located today east of Jones Road, mid-way between Bundschu and Truman Roads. The Fisher family were early residents of Jackson County and had slaves. Includes...
Total War on the Missouri Border
Explanation of the guerrilla border warfare that took place in Missouri and Kansas both before and during the Civil War. Author explains the situation in these states that precipitated the unique conflict...
May 1, 2003
Short essay under "Editor's Note" about the devasting tornado that struck the metro area on Sunday, May 4, 2003. Gives some personal experiences of families and includes some color photographs.
To Garry Owen in Glory
Short article about early military bands, especially those in the West. Lists some of the tunes or songs in the usual repertorires of the bands. Includes several pictures of military bands and a sidebar...
Through a Glass Brightly
The KC library has some old photos of landmarks that demonstrate a unique photo process using potato starch. These autochrome photos were taken by Frank Lauder and were used in giving talks to primarily...
Thomas Hart Benton: Painting in Photographs
Feature article describing Thomas Hart Benton and his work. Gives a brief history, discusses some of his famous works, and describes Benton’s studio and home located in the Roanoke district.
There's a Green Glow at KCP&L's New Offices
Kansas City Power and Light Company moved from 1201 Walnut to 12 floors of One Kansas City Place. The article has photographs and discusses the energy-efficient and sustainable-design of the office space....
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