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18th and Vine District
Grand Opening for Black Archives
June 12, 2012
The Black Archives of Mid-America reopened on June 16, 2012 at it's new location at 1722 E. 17th Terrace, in the 18th and Vine District. "The archives shut down in 2006, effectively sealing its collections...
Great K. C. Jazz to Be Revived
Information about projects to revitalize business in the formerly successful business and social district.
Ground Breaking: Development Slated for Vine Street District
Illustrated map and article about the plans "for a 96-acre development project known as the Vine Street District," bounded "roughly by 19th and 25th Streets, The Paseo and Brooklyn Avenue" with "breathtaking...
Ground Breaking: The Vine Keeps Growing
Illustration and article about "the multifamily development that will be part of the new Vine Street District, KC's single largest redevelopment project." Project made possible by the "collaboration between...
Housing Conditions for African Americans
Chapter of book, "Housing" covers housing conditions and "spatial isolation", or "the extent to which blacks lived in neighborhoods that are predominantly black". The author also describes efforts by whites...
Jazz District Enters New Phase
June 26, 2000
Article describes beginning of "$35 million Commercial development phase" for the 18th and Vine area".
Information on the Kansas City Jazz Museum in the 18th & Vine District, opening in the late 1990s and called "the fist jazz museum in the world," with photos.
Jazz Museum Excludes Neighboring Businesses From Celebration
Discusses how nearby local businesses are excluded from plans and projects within the 18th and Vine district.
Jazz Site to Get Badge of Honor
September 26, 2003
Column discusses designation of Mutual Musicians Foundation building at 1823 Highland as national historic landmark.
Jazz, Kansas City-Style: The Beat Goes On
Photos and article about the Kansas City Jazz Museum, or "the American Jazz Museum and Negro Leagues Baseball Museum" at the 18th & Vine District in Kansas City. Description of the history of Kansas City...
John Bluford's Vision for 18th and Vine
John Bluford, board chairman of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, discusses ideas for expanding and strengthening the 18th & Vine District. He emphasizes the need to consolidate the interests...
Kansas City Women of Independent Minds
Photo and bio of Leona Pouncey Thurman, or Leona Thurman (1911-1985), "the first black woman to practice law in Kansas City." Native of Arkansas coming to Kansas City in 1931 as a legal secretary before...
Kansas City's Vine Street
This chapter is a "study of the special urban sites of black city-dwellers in Deep Deuce, as Oklahoma City's East Second Street was known, and Vine Street, black Kanas City's main stem (more specifically,...
KC Museum Adds Presidential Sax
December 21, 2007
A saxophone played by President Bill Clinton has been added to the collection of the American Jazz Museum located in the 18th and Vine district. The instrument is a gift from Clinton and has been in his...
KC’s Jazz Scene is Renewing Itself
December 26, 2010
Article describes events in 2010 that prove the jazz scene is bouncing back after a tough 2009. Among the significant events were Bobby Watson’s new CD, the Prairie Village Jazz Festival and Jazz Winterlude,...
Illustration of 1940s Lincoln Building at 18th & Vine District.
Longtime Asset to Community Needs an Angel
June 3, 2008
"If the Black Economic Union of Greater Kansas City can't find a partner, get an injection of cash or receive help from the city, the agency faces the real possibility of folding." This group could not...
Meet Me at the Corner: 18th & Vine Looks to Revive Housing, Sense of Community
Photos and article about the continuing urban renewal work at the "18th and Vine Historic jazz district" with description of its history and recent plans for mixed housing projects.
Mutual Musician's Foundation Building: Musician's Union Local #627
National Register nomination for building at 1823 Highland Avenue includes history of the organization and description of the bulding.
Myra Taylor Will Celebrate Her 92nd Birthday
Profile of legendary jazz vocalist Myra Taylor, who turns 92 years old on February 24, 2009. Taylor began her career in 1932 as a dancer and singer performing in clubs around 18th and Vine District St....
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