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Gary L Cheatham
Taking Steps To Record Steptoe, Westport's Vanishing African American Neighborhood
The African American community of Steptoe was located in Westport, Missouri. This article explores the name of the community and its growth after the Civil War. "The tiny hamlet in Westport known as Steptoe...
The ''Missing'' Railroad Towns Along the Union Pacific and the Santa Fe Lines in Kansas
Two major railroad companies laid track across the width of Kansas in the 1860s and 1870s: the Eastern Division of the Union Pacific and the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe. Because of the large land grants...
The Baptists, The Methodists, and the Shawnees
Subtitled "Conflicting Cultures in Indian Territory, 1833-1834". Article traces the conflicts that arose with the introduction of Christianity to the Shawnee Indians and their integration into American...
The Biography of Elder John Brush
Reprinted biography of Mormon John Brush, member of the Reorganized Church. Born in Pennsylvania on May 22, 1815, Brush fought in the Black Hawk War, participated in the Mormon exodus to Missouri, and...
The Boys of Autumn: World Series 1980
Royals reach the World Series by beating the New York Yankees in the playoffs but lose to the Philadelphia Phillies.
The Contested Will of William Gillis: Insights into Life in the Early Kansas City Region
Biographical article about the life and legacy of William Gillis, early Kansas City trader and real estate owner, and the settlement of his will starting in 1870.
The Hard Kind of Courage
A discussion on the creative works of Langston Hughes, Gordon Parks, and Frank Marshall Davis. All three grew up in Kansas and “emerged to represent arguably the best aesthetic production of this state.”...
The Mottled Sunshine and Thinning Foliage of Autumn
Photo and caption about the Scout Statue, a work of sculpture by artist Cyrus Dallin, in its "recently refurbished" version.
The Pottawatomies and Alcohol: An Illustration of the Illegal Trade
Article looks into the effect of alcohol on the Plains Indians, especially the Pottawatamie tribe. The Rev. Isaac McCoy, Baptist missionary, proposed a religious reform program to combat the alcohol problem....
The Rise and Fall of Lewis Jones' Nebraska Hotel on Independence Square
This article examines the history of the hotels built on one Independence Old Town lot on Independence Square, and the two proprietors responsible for their construction, Joseph Roy and Lewis Jones. The...
The Usable Past: A Study of Historical Traditions in Kansas City
Comprehensive article about the usefulness of the often-biased historic records of Kansas City, through critical consideration of their sources and historical traditions, including the writings of William...
Three Kansas Citians Publish Autumn Titles
File containing a book review of the poetry collection "Of Heart and Home" by Annette Wildman, "a teacher of Unity School of Christianity" and "president of the Kansas City Westport branch of the National...
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...
Truth in Black Ink: How Lucile Bluford Heard the Call and Penned Her Way Towards Black Feminist Activism
This article compares local African American journalist Lucile Bluford with Ida B. Wells-Barnett, an earlier African American woman writer and activist from Memphis, Tennessee and later Chicago, Illinois....
Two Recent Finds Surface About Jackson County's 1859 Jail
Article quotes an article found in the July 20, 1906 issue of the Jackson Examiner. It tells of the construction of the 1859 Jail. John Cassell, a stonemason, recalls the jail construction in this article....
Under Moonlight in Missouri
Reprinted reminiscences of John Benton Hart, as dictated to his son between 1918 and 1923. Born in Pennsylvania in 1842, Hart and his family settled in Kansas in 1854. In 1862, he volunteered for the Eleventh...
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...
Unraveling the Story
Article examines African American quilting traditions, and analyzes stories of the connection between specific quilt patterns and the Underground Railroad. The author includes several tales of people escaping...
W. H. Bean, Furniture & Stoves
Advertising card for W. H. Bean with an image of autumn leaves and some flowers. Card is cut in the shape of the leaves. Front of card says: "W. H. Bean, Furniture & Stoves. For Cash or Installments."...
Well in Halth but Deep in Markury: The Autumn Years of Daniel Boone
Biographical article about Colonel Daniel Boone and his final twenty years, 1800-1820, spent in Missouri Territory, with illustrations and photos of him and his artifacts and descriptions of his and his...
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