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'Sad, Sad Day'--21 KC Schools Close Down
June 4, 2010
Article describes 21 schools in the Kansas City School District that will close as a first step in the district's improvement plan. Includes a two-page tribute to the schools being closed including Westport...
20 Years Later, We Dread the Next Flood
June 9, 2013
Article focuses upon remembrance of the flood that impacted the Kansas City area during the summer of 1993. Business and property owners in the affected areas are interviewed and discuss both their recollections...
A Fight to Save Where They Fought
July 3, 2012
Article on the Monnett Battle of Westport Fund and their attempts to acquire land of the Big Blue Battlefield north of Swope Park. The fund controls more than half of the area near the Blue River where...
ACE Backers Stage Protest
April 14, 2012
On Friday, April 13, 2012, “the founders of Kansas City’s African-centered education program summoned all the campus’s children, staff and its drum corps to rally against the school district’s...
An Old Way of Moving is Timely Once More
June 23, 2007
June 23, 1957, marks the 50th anniversary of the last streetcar ride in Kansas City. Streetcars were introduced in Kansas City in the 1870s but were fazed out in the 1950s in favor of a more modern bus...
June 27, 2008
Feature story spotlights Van Go Mobile Arts Inc. of Lawrence, Kansas. Founded by Lynne Green in 1996, the charitable organization employs student workers through its Jobs in the Arts Makes Sense (JAMS)...
Ashes Are Gone, and Renewal Is Under Way
February 16, 2008
Story about the February 16, 2007, fire at 75th and Washington St. and the businesses affected and year later status of the businesses. "The blaze destroyed the 74-year-old Waldo Astoria Dinner Theater...
Bloch's Fortune to Fund Giving
July 31, 2012
Henry Bloch announced the creation of the Marion and Henry Bloch Family Foundation during a celebration for his 90th birthday. The foundation would be directed by members of the Bloch family and give "away...
Board of Trade Bidding KC Farewell
June 25, 2013
Article on the closing of the Kansas City Board of Trade. Founded in 1856, the Board of Trade grew in business and significance as the wheat industry developed in Kansas. The article includes a history...
City Plans Business Center
June 21, 2007
A delegation of economic development officials and city leaders from Kansas City attended the Paris Air Show this week to showcase their new master plan for an 800-acre, multi-use development on Kansas...
Closed Church's History Saved
July 28, 2011
The Kansas City Museum received a significant donation of records and artifacts from the historic Melrose United Methodist Church located at Windsor and Bales avenues in the Northeast community. The church...
Covington Steps Down
August 25, 2011
Kansas City school superintendent John Covington unexpectedly resigned on August 24. Recently there have disputes between Covington and school board President Airick Leonard West, which some speculate...
Fifty Years Later, Tale of Train Keeps Rolling
January 20, 2013
Article relates the story of how Larry Miller managed to steal a diesel locomotive from a rail yard in the Argentine area of Kansas City, Kansas, in 1963. Miller describes the events that led to the act,...
Fighting to Preserve a Crumbling History
August 10, 2013
Article focuses upon problems and issues related to historical structures located in Lexington, Missouri. A structure located in the 1400 block of South Street and Highland Avenue is discussed. The author...
Flood Heads This Way
June 8, 2011
Residents of Parkville, Missouri, piled up sandbags in preparation of flood waters that could surpass the records set in the 1993 flood. Includes a sidebar "Flood Forecast" which has a map and figures...
For Organ, A Resurrection of Sorts
January 1, 2009
Color photograph in article about the purchase, move, and restoration of the 1869 E & G. G. Hook pipe organ installed at the Rainbow Mennonite Church in Kansas City, Kansas. Its former home was the abandoned...
Friend to KC Artists
January 13, 2013
Article announces that David Hughes, founder and co-director of the Charlotte Street Foundation, will step down from his position in 2013. Hughes is interviewed and describes his decision. A history of...
Grand Boulevard Gets an Even Grander Name
April 15, 2008
"Grand Boulevard in downtown Kansas City was officially dedicated Grand Boulevard of the Americas on Monday with flags from 34 countries adorning light poles along the roadway." The flags of 152 countries...
Hallowed Grounds Revisited
May 30, 2009
Article spotlights three African American members of the Tribe of Mic-O-Say, a prestigious Scouting program founded by H. Roe Bartle in the 1920s, and their role in integrating the Boys Scouts of Kansas...
Helzberg Plans Symphony Offices
April 15, 2008
Philanthropist Shirley Helzberg plans to restore and expand the old Vitagraph Film Exchange Building at 17th and Wyandotte for symphony offices and other tenants. Its close proximity to the Kauffman Center...
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