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Ray, Mrs Sam (Mildred...
"Doc" Brown, Famous Kansas City Cake Walker
Manuscript about Kansas City cake walker Joseph "Doc" Brown (Doctor William Henry Joseph Cutter Brown), that consists of a chronological collection of 149 published articles, notices, and advertisements....
$18,000 Grant Gives Puppets Something to Sing About
December 24, 2006
Paul Mesner Puppets has received one of the nine 2007 grants to Kansas City area arts organizations from the National Endowment for the Arts. The $18,000 NEA Access to Excellence grant is for the production...
''Look Out For Hell Some Place Soon'' The 2nd Colorado Cavalry in Missouri, February-September, 1864
From February to September of 1864, the 2nd Colorado Cavalry was assigned to patrol Bates, Cass, and Jackson Counties, Missouri, areas ravaged by Order Number 11. This article examines the reasons for...
''Sent Out By Our Great Father'': Zebulon Montgomery Pike's Journal and Route Across Kansas, 1806
Article looks at Zebulon Pike and his time in Kansas and includes a reprint of Zebulon Pike's journal, September 3 - November 11, 1806 as well as Pike's instructions contained in two letters from General...
''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...
''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....
'But, Will This Still be 'Demus?"
Article describes the past and present of Nicodemus, Kansas. The town was founded in 1877 by about 60 African American families from the Lexington, Kentucky, area who were intent on establishing a "Free...
'Equipping Ourselves in Every Possible Way': Contents of Wagons on the 1851 Oregon Trail
This article starts out: "Before deciding to make a cross-country trip, anyone with common sense would certainly give considerable thought to what supplies would be needed to make that journey." Early...
'Even Since the Hanging of Oliphant'
Article on the instances of mob violence that occurred in Topeka, Kansas in the latter half of the 19th century. On June 5, 1889, an estimated 10,000 to 12,000 people participating in the lynching of Nat...
150 Facts About Kansas City
List of 150 facts prepared for the sesquicentennial of Kansas City in 2000.
150 Places to Celebrate Kansas's 150th Birthday
Follow the author as he explores different historic places in Kansas. "After a fight over free-or slave-state status (thus another moniker, "Bleeding Kansas"), the free-state Wyandotte Constitution was...
18th & Vine: Kansas City's Most Famous Intersection
Story of the neighborhood symbolizing "the jazz era that flourished in Kansas City between 1920 and World War II."
1918 Flu Epidemic More Deadly Than Germans
Short article details the involvement of Camp Funston and Fort Riley with the spread of the Spanish Flu in 1918. "Since Fort Riley was a cavalry outpost, there were hundreds of horses and mules also living...
A 10,000 Year-Old Oasis--Alley Spring
Article about the history and prehistory of Alley Spring in the Missouri Ozarks. Article describes its mills since 1869 as well as its unusual geology and remains found of Indians and mastodons.
A Bite of History
Description of the businesses in the preserved buildings of the Garment or Wholesale District along 8th and Broadway Boulevards, mainly restaurants in the 1990s.
A Brief History of Old Westport
Originally published in The Kansas City Star in March 1933, this is part three, the conclusion. It states that "by the early 40's the number of residents had grown to 2,500, and by 1848 or 1849 Westport's...
A Few Interesting Facts About Kansas City Streets
Article looks at some Kansas City streets that run east-west as well as some north-south streets and gives the names today compared to the names used in early Kansas City. Also included in the article...
A Friend of ''Jim'' Bridger
November 21, 2005
Article describes a man's encounter with legendary explorer Jim Bridger in the Spring of 1850. William Walker, of Scandia, Kansas, was welcomed by Bridger in a small Indian village in Utah while travelling...
A Historic Makeover
AUgust 3, 2007
The Midtown Theatre, located at 13th and Main in Kansas City, Missouri, is expected to reopen in the spring of 2008 following a $28 million makeover. The new renovations include cabaret seating and several...
A Lady Revealed in the Last Years of a Woman of Uncertain Reputation: The Story of Louise Heorath
Louise Heorath whose real name was Cora Totty was associated with Annie Chambers, owner of houses of prostitution in the city around the turn of the century. "Perhaps it was not until the 18th Amendment...
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