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Kansas City School Dis...
U.s Geological Survey
Anderson Photo Company
Ray, Mrs Sam (Mildred...
Kansas City Teachers for 1910
List of teachers and other staff of Central High School in 1910.
A Pioneer in Civil Rights: Esther Brown and the South Park Desegregation Case of 1948
Comprehensive article about Esther Swirk Brown, or Esther Brown (1917-1970), "a white Jewish woman from Kansas City," describing her late 1940s desegregation efforts, including helping to "combat segregation...
Thatcher [sic] School Threatened
Article about the "plan to demolish the ninety-four year old building" at 5008 Independence Avenue," and the opposing efforts to preserve it.
Negro Public Colleges in St. Louis and Kansas City, Missouri
History of Missouri public colleges open to black people, in "a state professing to offer separate but equal schools."
Round Hill, Estate of Henry Flower
Article discusses the history of Round Hill, the estate of Henry C. Flower, which became Notre Dame de Sion School. The school has recently announced plans t demolish the original Flower house.
The Popular Ideology of Segregated Schooling: Attitudes toward the Education of Blacks in Kansas, 1854-1900
Photos and article about segregated education in later 19th century Kansas. Well-documented essay exploring "the grass-roots attitudes toward the schooling of black Americans in Kansas, a Great Plains...
Our Schools Must Be Open to All Classes of Citizens
Article about blacks being denied admission to the medical school because of their race and Edward V. Williams's leadership in the cause for desegregation.
Facer School (Free the Children)
Article describing the experimental private elementary school called PACER School, at 1200 West 39th Street, stressing "creative problem solving; non-sexist activities, models and expectancies. ..in. ..an...
Pembroke Hill: The Go-To Private School in the Hills?
Article comparing Pembroke Hill School and Barstow School through interviews with parents and former students of the two schools.
Sallie Threlkeld, Pioneer Teacher
Sallie Threlkeld was the first woman teacher hired by the Kansas City schools, first teaching at Lathrop School for nine years. She moved to Humboldt School and taught another nine years before becoming...
Webster School: Restore, Renew, Rediscover Historic Schools
Detailed history of the school, located on the northwest corner of 17th and Wyandotte, built in 1885, designed by Manuel A. Diaz.
JCHS Notebook: The Society's One-Room School of the 1870s
History of the one-room school, built in the 1870s by William and Mary Howard in Lee's Summit and restored at "the courtyard of the 1859 Jail Museum in Independence, Missouri."
Report from the Archives, 1966
Excerpts from the journals of David I. Caldwell, the "County Superintendant of Jackson County," from roughly 1858 to 1868, including information about the weather, schools, and the Civil War.
Unlocking the Schoolhouse Doors
Elisha Scott was a prominent African American lawyer from Topeka, Kansas who dedicated his career to fighting racial injustice. Known as “a passionate advocate for his clients,” Scott made a name for...
All Indian Trails Lead to Lawrence, October 27 to 30, American Identity and the Dedication of Haskell Institute's Football Stadium
Haskell Indian Institute (now Haskell Indian Nations University), located in Lawrence, Kansas, opened in 1884 and its curriculum resembled that of Carlisle Institute, an Indian training school located...
Lanesfield School: Readin', Writin', and Restoration
In-depth article about the Lanesfield School in Johnson County, Kansas. The one-room schoolhouse that opened in 1870 with 69 pupils was built of native fieldstone. "In March 1987, the Board of County Commissioners...
The Virtually Completed East High Addition and Two Elementary School Improvements Ready for Occupancy
Photos and caption about the new East High School (nearly completed), Ashland School (undergoing additions), and Greenwood School (also undergoing improvements).
New Van Horn High School Is Ready for Pupils
Photos and text about the new Van Horn High School.
School of New Life Charter School Rings Bell
Scuola Vita Nuova Charter School is located in the old schoolhouse at the Bisceglia Italian Cultural Center and is the last of the Kansas City area charter schools to open its doors. Article gives information...
Think of Willard, at Least
Biographical article about Frances Willard (1839-1898), "the famed temperance worker" and namesake of Frances Willard Day in Kansas and Missouri schools, "devot[ing] one-fourth of the school day on September...
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