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18th and Vine District
June 26-july 22014
A New Heritage of Frustrations
November 24, 2013
Article summarizes the current state of the 18th & Vine Jazz District redevelopment plan and problems that have held back its progress. Emanuel Cleaver, Ollie Gates, Troy Schulte, and other interested...
About Town: Remember James Crews?
Arthur W. Lawson Is Killed: Cab Firm Head Hit by Truck
September 9, 1953
Vertical file containing a photo and obituary for Arthur Lawson, "53, president of the Consolidated Cab company," who was "fatally injured" when "struck by a truck." Lawson was born in Bunceton, Missouri...
Artist Sketches Lessons of Life
File containing a photo and biographical article about Chester Starks, an artist and Kansas City health inspector since World War II. Creator of a locally well-known public restroom poster for the city...
Beat Goes On in Jazz District
October 22, 2004
Article with illustrations concerning work that is to begin soon on three projects in the second phase of the redevelopment plan for the 18th and Vine area. The three projects include 78 apartments and...
Bill Hayden to Downtown Law Office
File containing a biographical article about William Hayden, a black Kansas City lawyer with offices "at the Traders National bank building at 12th and Grand" and formerly at 1825 A Vine Street and 1509...
Blacks Have Endowed KC
February 10, 1986
Three-part article about three prominent African Americans from Kansas City's past: Judge Carl Johnson, Minnie Crosthwaite, and Rev. D.A. Holmes. Carl Johnson was "the first black elected to a judgeship...
Capturing the Castle
June 26-July 2, 2014
Article describes the efforts of volunteers working to restore the Vine Street Workhouse, otherwise known as the Castle, located at 2001 Vine Street. Daniel and Ebony Edwards are interviewed and describe...
Developer Prepares to Restart Beacon Hill Work
May 12-18, 2006
The Beacon Hill neighborhood covers about 90 acres and is located east from Troost Avenue to Vine Street between 22nd and 27th streets. Zimmer Real Estate Services LC plan to build 40 townhouses this fall....
Ex-Slave Claims She Is Oldest Nebraskan
August 17, 1956
Biographical article about “Mrs. Emma Davis of 2001 Vine Street,” who claimed to be “the oldest living citizen of Nebraska” at the age of 109 in 1956, “having moved to Lincoln in 1947.” Davis...
Finding Beauty in the Ordinary
July 29, 2006
Review of show "Way South" by painter Henry Dixon at the Vine Street Studio Art Gallery.
Gallery has a Hot New Location
November 1, 2012
Article announces that Pat Jordan, a Kansas City art dealer, has moved her gallery into the former Station 11 firehouse located at 2033 Vine Street. Jordan is interviewed and explains her decision to relocate...
December 17, 1953
The first black to be regularly employed by the Kansas City post offices was James Crews. The post office station at 1825 Vine Street was named for him. Also from the Kansas City Star, August 27, 1953,...
Kansas City Camelots
July 30, 2005
Article describes and includes photos of "castles" in Kansas City area: the Lantz Welch home in Kansas City, north; The Castle at 2001 Vine; Tiffany House at 100 Garfield; and Wallace House at 3200 Norledge....
KC @ 150--Lasting Legacies: 135 More
Biographical sketch of Samuel Eason (?-1920), founder of "what became the Niles Home for Children," starting in 1883 as a bricklayer to take in needy African-American children to his home at 1406 Vine...
December 9-16, 1966
Two biographical articles (one with a photo) about Lawrence Blankinship, a candidate for the Kansas City Council in 1966 (to replace Bruce Watkins) and proprietor of Blankinship Distributers at 1900 Vine...
Local Upstart Non-Profit Looks to Renovate Historic Brant Castle
May 16-22, 2014
Article announces that 2orMore, a nonprofit organization created by Daniel Edwards and Ebony Burnside, has started a project to restore and repurpose the former city workhouse located at 21st and Vine...
Neglected No Longer
August 6, 2009
Profile of local artist Lonnie Powell and his newest exhibition at the Vine Street Studio titled "Previously Neglected Aspects." Powell is a graduate of Lincoln University in Jefferson City. He currently...
Old City Prison Still Stands on Vine Street
December 7, 2011
Postcard image of and short article about the City Work House building located at 2001 Vine St. The stone, castle-like structure was designed and completed by local architect Wallace Love in 1896. It housed...
Old Prison May Acquire New Role
Photo and article about the plans for preservation of "[t]he old Vine Street Workhouse at 2011 Vine, a 19th-century penal institution now used as a transfer point for city refuse" and possibly "developed...
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