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All That Jazz
January 26, 2002
Photograph of Warren Durrett and his orchestra at the Pla-Mor, ca1950. Vocalist appears to be Marilyn Maye. Mr. Durrett recently donated to the American Jazz Museum memorabilia from his long career. Items...
America's Historical Opportunity
This reprint article starts out recounting the efforts of Ezra Meeker in publicizing the Oregon Trail. He traveled the trail in its early years, and later he championed the cause of trail preservation....
American Legion: How Kansas City Won the 1921 Convention
October 26, 1920
Describes the work of the American Legion National Convention Committee in obtaining the convention for Kansas City.
Another Life, Lived in Photographs
Review of photograph show at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art.
Art and Education: The Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art Johnson County Community College
The Nerman Museum opens October 2007. It is the second largest museum in the Kansas City area and is unusual in being located on a college campus. Article features color photographs of building and collections....
Art Writ Large
Review of architectural and fine-art photographer Mike Sinclair whose "work has been seen in major publications and architectural press such as the "The New York Times," "Dwell," "Metropolis," "Architectural...
Artists Directory 2006-7
October 1, 2005
The Kansas City Artists Coalition ''is a nonprofit organization that promotes visual arts awareness in Kansas City and the surrounding region, and supports the professional growth of artists.'' Featured...
Baptism of Fire
September 1, 2004
Short article on Jesse James with an analysis and illustrations of a couple of the known photographs of him. Also includes a large illustration of the William Quantrill original cabinet card, ca1880.
Beating the Odds in Missouri: Stuart Symington's First Campaign For the Senate, 1952
Article details the Missouri U. S. senatorial campaign of 1952 when Democratic candidate Stuart Symington from St. Louis ran against the incumbant Republican James P. Kem from Kansas City. Symington had...
Before the Arabia Sank: Mormon Passengers up the Missouri in 1856
Article gives the history of the Arabia steamboat, the digging up of the sunken boat, the museum located in Kansas City to hold the remains, and of the Mormon passengers going up the Missouri to ports...
Blunt's Raid: The Army of the Frontier Seizes Van Buren, Arkansas
September 1, 2005
Brigadier General James G. Blunt was "a hard-driving and hard-drinking amateur soldier from Kansas" who found himself in the position in December, 1862, to take Van Buren, Arkansas, a port on the north...
Brave New World
Eleven captioned photographs of early settlements in Kansas Territory, along with quotations from prominent early settlers describing the pioneer experience.
Catalogue of the Nelson Gallery of Art
Listing of each piece of art with artist, type of artwork, date, and museum of origin as of 1904 in what was originally called the Western Gallery of Art.
Celebrating Buffalo Bill
This photo essay features rarely seen images of Buffalo Bill from the new book “Buffalo Bill: Scout, Showman, Visionary,” by Steve Friesen, director of the Buffalo Bill Museum.
Central City of the West
Article stating Kansas City's population as 250,000 in 1900. Discussion of the city's history and planning developments, with photographs of the West Bottoms, Chase School, Midland Hotel lobby, Fairmount...
Charles Henry Langston and the African American Struggle in Kansas
Article focuses on Charles Henry Langston, African American educator, civil rights leader and politician and brother of John Mercer Langston and grandfather of Langston Hughes. Includes photographs and...
Chautauqua: Then and Now
Article gives a history of the chautauqua circuits in Kansas from the later 19th century to the early part of the 20th century. Includes photographs and maps.
Codeblue: The Prognosis for Health care in Metropolitan Kansas City
Article describes problems faced by Kansas City area health systems and hospitals. Includes statements and photographs of four area health system chief executive officers: John Bluford of Truman Medical...
Collection of Photographs Acquired by Historical Society
Notice about the acquisition from Miles Standish (of Independence) of the "collection of photographs of Kansas City and Independence showing events taking place during the first quarter of the [twentieth]...
Costumes, Grain, Lizards, Bones & Vacuum Cleaners: the Urban Wilderness of Waldo
The author of this article explains why he likes the "messy" urbanism of the Waldo area. Article features many black and white photographs of streetscapes, businesses, and residences.
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