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World's Greatest Bible Class for Women
Photos of Mrs. N. W. Dible (class president and organizer) and her "Women's Bible Class at the Linwood First Baptist Church" with "an active membership of over fifteen hundred women. ..indisputably the...
Window to the World
Article describing Kansas City's involvement in international business. The author highlights UMKC's participation in the Trans-Atlantic Business School Alliance, an international business exchange student...
William Torrey Harris: Educator for Freedom
Biographical article about William Torrey Harris, (1835-1909), the "dominating force in American public education" before 1904 as "superintendent of schools in the city of St. Louis from 1867 to 1880 and...
Who Chooses What Schools and Why?
Article about numerous schools available to parents living in the Hills neighborhoods in Kansas. Some of the considerations taken into account are community, single-sex learning environments, prestige,...
What Shall We Do Next Winter?
Article about the efforts of George Melcher, "superintendent of the schools of Kansas City, Mo.," and his efforts "to solve the unemployment problem in his city during the past school year by inducing...
What Makes a Good Junior High Art Program?
Illustrations (paintings by junior high school children here) and article about "the junior high [school] art program in Kansas City, Missouri" and its strengths in instruction and service to underprivileged...
Webster School: Restore, Renew, Rediscover Historic Schools
Detailed history of the school, located on the northwest corner of 17th and Wyandotte, built in 1885, designed by Manuel A. Diaz.
Webster School Building a Preservation Challenge
Article about the plans to raze the school building at about 17th and Wyandotte Streets and the opposing efforts to preserve it.
W. H. Johnson, Educator: Schoolman Led State Consolidations
Photo and biographical article about William Johnson (1863-1960), a Jackson County teacher and school principal. Description of his life and career, a native of Ohio coming to Jackson County about the...
Unlocking the Schoolhouse Doors
Elisha Scott was a prominent African American lawyer from Topeka, Kansas who dedicated his career to fighting racial injustice. Known as “a passionate advocate for his clients,” Scott made a name for...
Union Point, Planned in 1855, Forgotten Townsite
December 1, 1978
Short history of the "forgotten townsite" or ghost town of Union Point, Missouri, planned in 1855 in Washington Township of Jackson County, Missouri, describing its school and community, with "Bannister...
UMKC Medical Library: New Services for a Non-Traditional School
History and description of the operations of the University of Missouri-Kansas City Medical Library, established in 1967, with an outline of its growth and current functions as part of the university's...
Two Original Letters from Early-Day Westerners--D. A. Grant Presents Story of Forty-niner's Voyage around Cape Horn, and an 1840 View of Independence, Missouri
Reprint of a letter from Allen Ward in Independence in 1840, describing schools and business conditions of the time, including Overton's Flour Mill, a lumber mill, and a possible wool mill trading locally...
Two Memories of Border Star School
History of the school, built during the Civil War in 1863 on land owned by David Waldo, told in reminiscences of Mona Bell Wornall and Frank Clay Wornall.
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star! Talented Tots Will Go Far
Article about the violin school for children, taught in "the Suzuki method" by Beth Titterington at her home at 4708 Jarboe Street.
Too Cool for School?
Article describes school in Harveyville, Kansas, purchased by artists Nikol Lohr and Ron Miller. The owners host visiting artists and programs, and chef Blake Brokaw cooks and raises goat, chickens, and...
The Westport Community School. ..A New Kind of Public School in Kansas City
Article about the new magnet school located in both the Swinney School at 47th and Holly Streets and the Volker School at 37th and Wyoming Streets, as part of movement to bring better education to the...
The Way They Were
Photos and article about the 50th year high school reunions in Kansas City, with reminiscences of alumni of Lincoln High School (formerly all-black), Westport High School, Southwest High School, and Paseo...
The Story of Kansas City to Be Taught in Schools of Roumania [sic]
Note about the visit of to Kansas City of Queen Marie of Romania and information about the city to be taught in schools in her homeland.
The Spirits of Missouri
October 1, 2004
Article gives a short history of six historic, ''haunted'' places: Big Cedar Lodge, Ridgedale; The Elms Resort and Spa, Excelsior Springs; Lemp Manion, St. Louis; Hotel Savoy, Kansas City; Senior Hall,...
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