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Poem written by Melvin B. Tolson published in the Lincolnian yearbook his junior year (1917). Tolson graduated in 1918 from Lincoln High School.
''A Stitch in Time'' Premieres Friday
May 10, 2006
The story of dress manufacturer Nell Donnelly Reed is captured in a new book and documentary film produced by her great great nephew Terence Michael O'Malley. The film is entitled "Nelly Don: A Stitch...
''Les Indiens Osages'': French Publicity for the Traveling Osage
July 1, 2003
Les Indiens Osages was published in France in 1827 and was written to publicize the arrival of six Osage Indians traveling in that country. This 36 page publication gives insights into the French-Osage...
''Walks In Water'': The Impact of Steamboating On the Lower Missouri River
This book traces the history of steamboating on the lower Missouri River or Missouri Valley area starting with the beginning in 1818 to the 1860s when railroads brought a decline to river transportation....
''We Are Not Yet Conquered
''We Are Not Yet Conquered''
This book covers the ''history of the Northern Cherokee Nation of the Old Louisiana Territory'' including the many Cherokee in Missouri, especialy mid-Missouri.
'Capote' Puts the Wraps on a Local Artwork
March 10, 2006
This column of Mike Hendricks features a portrait of Jesus Christ done by Perry Smith while in Lansing Prison and before the Clutter Family murders, later portrayed in Truman Capote's book In Cold Blood....
'Cinemental Journeys' Takes Readers Through Movie Houses of Yesteryear
December 13, 2006
Mike and Vicki Walker have written a book which explores nostalgic theaters still operating in the Midwest. The book covers the states of Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa. Two that are mentioned from...
July 16, 2011
Author of the mystery-fantasy series called "The Dresden Files," Jim Butcher began publishing the popular series in 2000. "Twice he has reached the Top 5 on the New York Times best-seller list." His newest...
'Globe-Trotting' Refrigerators Are Made in K. C.
Entry for Viking Refrigerators, Incorporated, with the history of the company founded in 1904 by Walter S. Dickey, who also "manufactured miles of clay pipe for the town's water and sewer system and was...
'Possum Trot' Gazette, 1838-1978
Photo of Sally Rand, a performer in Kansas City in 1978 "at the Newly Restored Loew's Midland Theater" for the sesquicentennial of the Town of Kansas.
'Possum Trot' Gazette: 1838-1978
Booklet about the current and past Possum Trot festivals arranged to raise funds for historic preservation in the city.
'The Great Issue': Kansas Cityan [sic] Discusses Problem of Getting Rid of Blacks, Contending Country Is in First Stages of Disintegration
Photo and biographical article about Colonel John Moore, a Confederate veteran and journalist writing a book called "The Great Issue: An Argument" about the "degeneracy" in America caused by intermarriage...
'Your Kansas City and Mine' off the Press; Traces History of Negroes
September 15, 1950
Book review of "Your Kansas City and Mine," a book written in 1950 by William Young about "the Negro in Kansas City during its 100-year history." Aspects and sections of the book are described, covering...
100 Years to Grow on: Folger's Coffee
History of the Kansas City-based Folger's coffee company, established in California but headquartered in Kansas City since 1907. It was first located at 20th and Baltimore and move the headquarters to...
10,000 Public Enemies
Book review of "Ten Thousand Public Enemies" by Courtney Ryley Cooper about crime and prominent criminals (such as John Lazia, et al.) in Kansas City tracked by "the United States government, Division...
12th Street City Directory Entry
Listing for the street: "Twelfth--twelfth south of river, from Summit to limits."
1807 Patrick Gass Journal
Sargeant Patrick Gass, a sargeant with the Lewis and Clark expedition, published the first journal after the return of the expedition. The Library acquired the 1807 edition in 1953 with the $35,000 purchase...
1811 Patrick Gass Journal
December 15, 1904
Part of the Fitzpatrick purchase, this 1811 copy has particular significance because it once belonged to Elliott Coues, one of the editors of the Lewis and Clark journals. It is inscribed, “To Prof....
Story of the anticipation and preparation of the flood and the narrow escape as it struck.
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