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Ray, Mrs Sam (Mildred...
Peter D Ridenour
Beveridge, Mary I
"If the Union Wins, We Won't Have Anything Left": The Rise and Fall of the Southern Cherokees of Kansas
Maps, photos, and article about the Cherokees of Kansas and their settlement of the Cherokee Neutral Lands and Chetopa, Kansas, area. Includes a table "Heads of Cherokee Families Identified as Living on...
''Your Presence Is Not Requested''
December 21, 2005
The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed immigration legislation that would make illegal US presence a crime rather than a civil offense. If it becomes a law, it would affect most Latino adults...
'But, Will This Still be 'Demus?"
Article describes the past and present of Nicodemus, Kansas. The town was founded in 1877 by about 60 African American families from the Lexington, Kentucky, area who were intent on establishing a "Free...
'Mother' of 100 Takes Children into Heart
July 29, 1975
Biographical article with photo about Mrs. Willa Carter, 78-year-old matriarch of a large adopted family of over 100 foster children in Kansas City. The story is told of her long process of adopting starting...
'Treasure Hunt' Coming to End
September 29, 2010
Article discusses the closing of the Junior League Resale Boutique. For more than 75 years the shop provided clothes for needy families. Article gives more information about other programs run by the Junior...
10th Street, East from Wyandotte
Postcard of 10th Street, East from Wyandotte
Story of the anticipation and preparation of the flood and the narrow escape as it struck.
1908 Flood, near Union Depot
Postcard view near Union Depot of 1908 Flood
A First-Rate Model Guides a Second-Chance School
January 27, 2007
Article tells the story of Pamela Pearson, principal of Genesis School. Genesis, at 44th and Cleveland, "started as an alternative school in 1975." It became a charter school for middle school students...
A Good Place to Spend a Pleasant Day, Nature and the Suburban Ideal
Article traces the history of the movement from cities to the suburbs. Mentions craftsman bungalows and Prairie-style Foursquare homes. "Both emphasized a connection between the land and the structure,...
A History of Pioneer Families of Missouri, with Numerous Sketches, Anecdotes, Adventurers, etc., Relating to Early Days in Missouri
Description of the war "between rival organizations [organized for the purpose of breaking up a band of horse thieves and counterfeiters] in the two counties [Lincoln and Saint Charles, Missouri], beginning...
A History of the Pioneer Families of Missouri, with Numerous Sketches, Anecdotes, Adventures, etc., Relating to Early Days in Missouri
Autobiography of Indian leader Black Hawk, "born at the Sac Village, on Rock River, in the year 1767," dictated "to Antoine Leclair, United States Interpreter for the Sac and Fox Indians, in August, 1833,...
A Look at Slavery in Missouri
Article about the institution of slavery in Missouri and its distinctions from that in the Deep South, including the distribution of black slave families and treatment of black slave agricultural workers....
A Memorial and Biographical Record of Kansas City, Mo.
Biographical sketch of Reverend William Dallin, "pastor of the Church of Annunciation, located at the corner of Fourteenth and Wyoming streets in Kansas City," born in Saint Louis in 1847 and assigned...
A Pennsylvania Family Brings Its Barn to Kansas
Article about the "cultural transplantation" of Pennsylvania barn styles to Kansas, through such families as the Henrys, with several photos and illustrations.
A Powerful Beacon at Whatsoever
March 19, 2008
Article describing the history of the Whatsoever Community Center located at 1201 Ewing St. in the Sheffield neighborhood. Orginally a soup kitchen founded in 1915 by a group of women from the Independence...
A Proud People
October 9, 2009
The first in a series of articles on the history of Quindaro discusses the founding of the community as a refuge for escaped slaves. The first families to arrive, Monroes, Turners, Walkers, Marshalls,...
A Sketch of the Boone-Bent Families
Narrative article about the friendship between William Bent and Albert Boone and their families, by the author, a grandson of Albert G. Boone.
AC2 First Baptist Church Collection Finding Aid
The First Baptist Church Collection provides insight into the activities of First Baptist Church of Kansas City, Kansas, through meeting minutes, anniversary programs, and other items.
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.
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