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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 Cinematic Gem
December 8, 2013
Article focuses upon the history of the Plaza Grill & Cinema in Ottawa, Kansas. The theater's owner, Rita (Peach) Madl, is interviewed. Madl describes the process by which she discovered that the Plaza...
A Collection on the Move
February 9, 2014
Article summarizes the movement of materials belonging to the Marr Sound Archives from their current location to the automated storage and retrieval system added to the Miller Nichols Library in 2011....
A Fading Tradition of Family-Owned Funeral Homes
March 23, 2015
Article on the decline of family-owned funeral homes in the Kansas City area. What used to be a thriving business model is now so scarce that funeral home owner Charlie Passantino estimates that there...
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...
Arrow Fabricare Celebrates 100 Years of Cleaning Clothes
December 12, 2014
Article announces plans to celebrate the centennial anniversary of Arrow Fabricare Services at the Uptown Theater on December 13, 2014. A brief history of the company founded by Joseph Gershon in 1914...
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...
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,...
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...
Cemetery Born of Segregation Survives in Limbo
November 23, 2014
Article documents the current state of Highland Cemetery, located on Blue Ridge Boulevard just outside of Kansas City city limits. A brief history of the cemetery and bios of some of the noteworthy individuals...
Charging Bulls Go Unseen
May 22, 2014
Article reports on the "Bull Wall" sculpture displayed near the entrance of Kemper Arena and the American Royal complex (1800 Genessee St.), and concerns that the work largely goes unnoticed by the public...
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...
Civic Giant Kemper Dies at 86
January 4, 2014
Obituary written in tribute to civic leader R. Crosby Kemper Jr. The author states that Kemper passed away on Thursday January 2, 2014, in Indian Wells, California, at the age of 86. Kemper's life and...
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...
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