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Brush Creek Corridor
Johnson County, Kansa...
"Fabbricanti di Salsiccia"
May 16, 2007
Article profiling Mendolia's Italian Sausage, a family-owned business in the Historic Northeast's Pendleton Heights neighborhood for the last 60 years. Vito Mendolia first opened Mendolia's Market in 1947...
''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....
'Organ Crawl' And Open House at Six St. Joseph Churches
Article on tour by American Guild of Orgnists provides brief descriptions of six St. Joseph churches.
2010 Brought Opportunities - And Challenges - To the Ivanhoe Neighborhood
Article discusses the events that occured in 2010 for the Ivanhoe Neighborhood, which stretches from 31st Street to Emanuel Cleaver II Boulevard and from Prospect to the Paseo. The neighborhood became...
25 Year Member Retires
File containing a newsletter article with a review of Merrill Toms's career as a librarian and administrator upon his retirement in 1994.
A Century in Print: The Newspaper Business in Johnson County, 1860-1960
Detailed article about the history of news publishing in Johnson County, Kansas. "In no other state's history has the press played such an active and pervasive role in community life. This is evident in...
A Facelift for the "City Beautiful": Urban Renewal in Olathe
Extensive article about the history of Olathe and its urban renewal. In 1965, Olathe had established its Urban Renewal Agency and made public its tentative plan for the redevelopment of the downtown area...
A Place in History: Past Villages and Communities in Johnson County
Article about some towns, villages, and communities that no longer exist in Johnson County, Kansas, such as Monticello, Princeton, Oxford, Aubry, Lexington, McCamish, Lanesfield, Squiresville, Wilder,...
A Roster of the Lewis and Clark Expedition
In addition to a list of events for May through July 2004, the article provides known genealaogical data for members of the expedition.
A Slice at a Time
June 5, 2005
Partial plans revealed for restructuring Kansas City-based Interstate Bakeries southeastern plants after it declared bankruptcy September 22, 2004. IBC is the largest wholesale baker in the country known...
A Tale of Two Projects: New Planning Processes Change Community Attitudes
Introduction to two separate articles showing how two projects in 1998 were stopped as a result of strong community opposition, and the later results when the community became involved in the planning...
A Treasure Leaves Town: Gertrude Keith a Force in Earliest Corridor Developments
Short review of Gertrude Keith's contributions to the city. Mayor Kay Barnes proclaimed April 27, 2003, as Gertrude Keith Day, and in May 2003, the Parks and Recreation Commission named the library/resource...
Abandoned Bancroft School to Undergo $14 Million Conversion in Corridor Neighborhood
Article reports on a plan to convert the old Bancroft School building at 43rd and Tracy into a housing facility surrounded by 6,000 square of feet of community space. The project is led by the Bancroft...
Activist Madeline Wrobley Dies at 74
June 15, 2013
Obituary for Madeline Wrobley, described as an important leader in Kansas City politics and civic leadership. Wrobley once led both the Kansas City League of Women Voters as well as the local chapter of...
Affordable Housing Replaces Dangerous Blight in Blue Hills
Partners in the Woodland Redevelopment Project broke ground June 2003 for the construction of affordable housing on the former site of the Little Sisters of the Poor Home for the Aged in the Blue Hills...
Alexander William Doniphan (1808-1887)
Third Quarter 1993
Brief look at the life of Alexander Doniphan who moved to Liberty, Missouri, in 1833. Highlights as his most outstanding accomplishment the leadership of the First Missouri Regiment in the Mexican War....
Allen & Nancy Norman Make it Home
Portrait of Allen And Nancy Noman who have restored numerous houses in the Longfellow/Dutch Hill Neighborhoods. The Normans are active community builders and advocates for their neighborhood.
Annual Sacred Structures Tour in Independence
Article contains brief descriptions of seven churches in Independence.
Antioch Community Church 150 Years Old
Brief article discusses Church in Kansas City North, founded 1853. "The congregation's original building erected in 1859 - the oldest church sanctuary in continuing use in Northwest Missouri - still stands...
Art Center Revitalizes Historic Church
St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 1300 North 18th Street, Kansas City, Kansas, is the home of a "multi-faceted arts outreach program and resource center for the Community". The parish's Grinning Gargoyle Project...
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