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''They Faltered Not''
February 1, 2005
Short history of the First Kansas Colored Volunteers during the Civil War and specifically Missouri's Battle of Island Mound which was the first battle for any black regiment. Republican Kansas Senator...
''This Regiment Will Make a Mark'': Letters From a Member of Jennison's Jayhawkers, 1861-1862
Photos, illustration, and article about "the men of the Seventh Kansas Cavalry and their commander Colonel Charles Rainsford Jennison," or Charles Jennison, called collectively Jennison's Jayhawkers in...
''Unlikely Edens'': Towards Modeling a New Dwelling in Kansas City's Community Gardens
A history of community gardens in Kansas City as well as background information about community gardens established by the Japanese in the United States during World War II while living in internment/concentration...
''Upper Room'' and Urban Campus Fill Neighborhood Niche
St. Louis Catholic Church at 60th and Swope Parkway purchased a former Masonic Temple in 1944. The Parish's "Upper Room" provides a variety of educational and recreational opportunities to area youth....
''Walks In Water'': The Impact of Steamboating On the Lower Missouri River
This book traces the history of steamboating on the lower Missouri River or Missouri Valley area starting with the beginning in 1818 to the 1860s when railroads brought a decline to river transportation....
''We All Had a Cause'': Kansas City's Bomber Plant, 1941-1945
The B-25 bomber was crucial to the war effort during World War II and many of these bombers were made in North American Aviation's Kansas City, Kansas facility. "This article describes the origin and development...
''We Are Not Yet Conquered
''We Are Not Yet Conquered''
This book covers the ''history of the Northern Cherokee Nation of the Old Louisiana Territory'' including the many Cherokee in Missouri, especialy mid-Missouri.
''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...
''Whipped and Routed'' Blunt Strikes Marmaduke At Cane Hill
October 1, 2004
This article details information concerning the encounters between the Union Army and the Confederates in the area of northern Arkansas and southern Missouri and in particular the Battle of Cane Hill which...
''Within the Limits of the Southern Confederacy'': The C.S.A.'s Interest in the Quapaw, Osage, and Cherokee Tribal Lands of Kansas
Article explores the Confederacy's interest in securing Indian tribal support as well as tribal land in southern Kansas. "In all, the Confederacy signed treaties with three tribes holding lands in southern...
''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...
'...Know This Church Was Loved'
June 22, 2011
The Melrose United Methodist Church located at 200 N. Bales in Kansas City closed its doors after 123 years. The church was built in 1926 when attendance was at more than 650, but as of recently the numbers...
'70 Slaying of Politician a Mob Hit?
October 31, 2010
Article about the re-opened Leon Jordan murder case that ties the murder to the Mafia. New evidence implicates a "low-profile mob associate known on the street as 'Shotgun Joe' [Joe Centimano]." Centimano...
'A Family Doomed To Die'
May 8, 2005
The tragic story of America's first superstar horse owners, William (Billy) and Ann Woodward, is told in this article. Their prize winning horse was named Nashua. Mrs. Woodward was the former Angie later...
'A Mighty Mean-Fowt Fight': The Battle of Wilson's Creek
December 1, 2005
The Battle of Wilson's Creek was an early fought Civil War battle staged in the border state of Missouri in 1861. Article sets the scene in the state prior to the battle and states that this battle helped...
'A Practical Man'
Photo and biographical article about Richard Drake, "the new chancellor of the University of Kansas City," born in Iowa in 1916 and becoming a college instructor in 1932, joining the local university in...
'Accidental' Lawyer Surprised by Top N. A. A. C. P. Post
Photo and biographical article about Margaret Bush Wilson, or Margaret Wilson, a 55-year-old black lawyer of Saint Louis "bec[oming] the first black woman elected board chairman of the National Association...
'An Altar, a Tribute to Liberty'
September 13, 2008
Dedication of a newly constructed overlook of the Quindaro ruins in Wyandotte County took place September 13, 2008. "In the mid-1800s, the Quindaro Ruins site was an abolitionist community in Kansas that...
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