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A Bit of the Real Cowtown
April 30, 2014
Article spotlights a large of collection of documents, blueprints, and other materials pertaining to the old Kansas City Stockyards that is currently being processed by the Missouri Valley Special Collections...
A Kansas Link to Cosmos
July 15, 2015
Article is about the NASA spacecraft New Horizons completing a flyby of Pluto while carrying ashes of the Kansas astronomer who discovered it. American astronomer and Kansas native, Clyde Tombaugh, became...
A Library Hall
Written by Phil Kirk, this poem refers to the Central Library of the Kansas City Public Library located at 10th and Baltimore. The first floor of the building is called Kirk Hall and is named after Phil...
A Stellar Education Ahead...Allons-y!
November 19, 2014
Profile of the French-immersion school Academie Lafayette, described as an "urban success story" due to the high standardized test scores of its students. The school was established in 1999 as a public...
Air Force Brigadier General Carries on Granddad’s Legacy
August 6, 2015
Article is about a Brig. Gen. working at Whiteman Air Force Base who carries on the legacy of his grandfather who flew the Enola Gay, which dropped the first atomic bomb used in war.
An Age of Renovation
February 25, 2015
Article describes efforts of the John Knox Village retirement community to update its facilities in order to adapt to the changing needs of active senior citizens. Established by a Presbyterian minister,...
Area Design Firm Gaining National Recognition
May 26, 2010
Article discusses Dimensioinal Innovations of Overland Park, Kansas. The company has done "a wide variety of high-profile design tasks in the business, sports and government worlds" including the parking...
Biography of Thomas Wight (1874-1949) and William D. Wight (1882-1947), Architects
Blasts Spell the End of Span
January 17, 2015
Article describes the beginning of demolition of the Fairfax bridge that carries southbound traffic on U.S. 69 across the Missouri River. It is written that two explosions on Friday, January 16, 2015,...
Blaze Devastates Mission Bowl
April 4, 2015
Article provides details related to a fire that damaged the Mission Bowl bowling alley located at 5399 Martway Street in Mission, Kansas. The author states that the fire started on the morning of Friday,...
Blaze Ravages Restaurant
February 18, 2015
A fire has destroyed the iconic Gates barbecue restaurant at 10440 E. U.S. 40 Highway in Independence, Mo. Firefighters have yet to determine the source of the blaze. Opened in 1979, the restaurant was...
Bloch Gift to go for Nelson Upgrade
April 8, 2015
Article announces a renovation project planned for the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, financed by the Bloch Family Foundation. This new space will display 29 works of art from the personal collection of...
Caterers Pan KC Hotel Deal
July 16, 2015
Article details the controversy over proposed plans for the convention center hotel that would give exclusive catering rights to the Hyatt.
Central Library wins Preservation Award
November 1, 2004
Kansas City Public Library's Central Library was "among 22 recipients in the country to receive National Trust's National Preservation Honor Award" in 2004. The Library's renovation of the former First...
Cerner Gets Defense Deal
July 30, 2015
Article is about a new deal for “Cerner, Kansas City’s fastest-growing large company and one of the top health information technology firms in the country.”
Church is Reborn with New Mission
March 21, 2015
Article documents the project to rehabilitate the Linwood Presbyterian Church building located at the intersection of Linwood Boulevard and 71 Highway in the Ivanhoe neighborhood. David Warm, executive...
City Explores Minimum Wage Issues
April 17-23, 2015
Article describes an ordinance to raise the minimum wage in Kansas City, and actions taken to raise awareness of this issue.
City Is Accused of Fraud
April 29, 2015
Article describes a lawsuit against the city of Leavenworth for claiming reimbursements for repairs to pipes and bridges that were damaged before the flooding that supposedly caused the damage. The lawsuit...
County Election Engraving
Framed (33.5 in. x 41 in.) engraving of George Caleb Bingham's "County Election." Engraver was John Sartain (1808-1897). Engraving has been archivally restored and is on display periodically in the Central...
Creating a Voice
May 27, 2015
Article is about a radio program called “Generation Rap” that is run by high school students from all across the Kansas City metro area. The program has aired since 1987.
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