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"Doc" Brown, Famous Kansas City Cake Walker
Manuscript about Kansas City cake walker Joseph "Doc" Brown (Doctor William Henry Joseph Cutter Brown), that consists of a chronological collection of 149 published articles, notices, and advertisements....
''When You Come to Kansas City'' Is Our Winning Tune
January 8, 2011
Article about The Kansas City Star’s contest to find the best original song about Kansas City. The clear winner was Andy DeWitt’s “When You Come to Kansas City.” DeWitt has performed with local...
'Wheel' Begins to Take Shape as Part of Bartle TV Makeover
April 4, 2005
Article discusses the setting up and preparations necessary for the filming of the television show Wheel of Fortune, to be filmed beginning Friday, April 8, 2004.
1909 Glidden Tour
July 31, 2009
Articles reporting on the 1909 "Annual Reliability Tour of the American Automobile Association" or "Glidden Tour," which ended in Kansas City on July 30, 1909. The articles include illustrations, tour...
1975 Annual Church Contest on the Way
April 11-April 17, 1975
News article about a church membership drive associated with a local NAACP contest.
54 Million Votes Put Cook on Top
May 22, 2008
David Cook, of Blue Springs, MO, won the American Idol competition on May 21, 2008. "Cook gathered nearly 56 percent of the 97.5 million votes cast." 25-year-old Cook defeated David Archuleta for the title...
AC20 Matthew W. Washington Photograph Collection Finding Aid
The Matthew W. Washington Photograph Collection contains photographic prints and negatives showing African American life in the Kansas City metropolitan area between 1949 and 1962.
American Royal Barbecue
Photos, illustrations, and description of the American Royal Barbecue, "The World Series of Barbecue Contests" that began in 1979.
American Royal Barbecue Draws Hundreds of Competitors
October 3, 2010
The 31st Annual American Royal Barbecue competition “drew more than 500 competing teams flailing sauce and tongs to chase after a total of $100,000 in prize money.” Brew ‘N Bar-B-Que, the Pigsicles,...
An Utterly Refreshing Teen Beauty Queen
July 18, 2005
December 2004, Rachel Woolard of Naylor, Missouri, was crowned Miss Teen Missouri USA 2005 in Kansas City.
Biography of John Cameron Swayze (1905-1995), Television Anchor
Blue Valley West Student Brings Home Gold in World Geography Bee
July 15, 2005
The U.S. team of three, Andrew Wojtanki (from Blue Valley West), Karan Takhar of East Providence, R.I., and Jesse Weinberg of Coconut Grove, Florida, won the gold in the National Geographic World Championship...
Ford Names Winner
July 16, 2007
Local comic book creator and crime-fighting activist Alonzo Washington recently won a national essay sweepstakes contest. Washington, who lives in Kansas City, Kansas, submitted an essay in a Ford Motor...
Forgotten Missourians Who Made History: Missourians Who Made Lasting Contributions to Our State and Nation yet Are Largely Forgotten by Subsequent Generations
One page of illustration and one page of text about Jim the Wonder Dog from Missouri, "known to correctly predict sports and political outcomes" and win hunting contests.
As part of a chapter about barbecue contests, the author profiles the annual competition in Grain Valley, Missouri. Includes specific mention of several cooking teams, the Kansas City Barbecue Society,...
Crowd gathers to watch unidentified man shooting at unseen target in what appears to be a shooting contest or exhibition at an unidentified location. Most of the people in the crowd are men.
Historical Notes and Comments: Santa-Cali-Gon Celebration
Description of the Santa-Cali-Gon festival in Independence, Missouri, celbrating "the 100th anniversary of the time when Independence was the 'Gateway to the West,' where pioneers outfitted themselves...
Make Us Laugh
November 26, 2010
Four local cartoonists and one of their cartoons are featured in a caption contest. The artists are Eve Englezos, John Ralston, Lee Leslie, and Joel Pfannenstiel. Includes a very short bio for each artist....
Marketing Gives Synergy to Beauty Pageant Firm
September 14, 2004
Vanbros, an Overland Park-based company, produces the Miss USA and Miss Teen USA state pageants in Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Oklahoma. Article describes merger of Vanbros with Agape Marketing Solutions...
Miss America 1966
Photo of Debbie Bryant of Overland Park, Kansas, who was crowned Miss America in 1966. Also mentions the 1967 Mrs. America of 1967, Mrs. Marlene Cochran of Shawnee.
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