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J H Buford
Meet the NEW President: Kansas City's Most Famous Historic Hotel Returns
Article discusses a brief history of the hotel and the renovations made since the reopening in 2006.
Landscapes of Removal and Resistance, Edwin James's Nineteenth-Century Cross-Cultural Collaborations
Article discusses Edwin James's early career as botanist on the Long expedition to the Rocky Mountains and his collaborative works with John Tanner as well as Stephen H. Long. According to the author,...
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.
Where the Gem Sparkles Yet: The History of the Grave of Belle Star
Article documents the history of Belle Starr's grave site. The author begins at her death on February 3, 1889, and concludes by covering efforts to restore the site begun in 2010.
''Praising My People''
Article examines newspaper coverage in Wichita, Kansas, during the early 1930s to show the media's response to the increasing inter-racial athletic scene. The Kansas City Monarchs are mentioned several...
Missouri Designers Stitch Past into Modern Fashion
Article focusing on the garment industry in Missouri, both past and present, featuring some Kansas City designers like Tomboy Design Studio in the Crossroads Arts District. Laura McGrew opened her studio...
W. B. Townsend and the Struggle Against Racist Violence in Leavenworth
Article focusing on W. B. Townsend, a journalist, politician, and attorney, and his struggle against racist violence in Leavenworth, Kansas, at the turn of the twentieth century.;;"Born a slave in Alabama...
This Must Have Been A Grand Sight, George Bent and the Battle of Platte Bridge
Article gives a brief history of George Bent, son of William Bent and Owl Woman, and an account of the Battle of Platte Bridge. This particular battle is "of interest because we have a detailed description...
Lewis and Clark: Frontier Officers, United States Army, and the Court-martial at Kaw's Point
Article gives a general history of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, and details the events that took place during the group's stay at ''Kaw's Point'' (the mouth of the Kansas River at the Missouri River)...
"Out of the Ashes"
Article on the aftermath of Quantrill's Raid on the town of Lawrence, Kansas and its residents. Following the August 21, 1863 attack in which almost 200 men and boys were killed, surviors of the raid struggled...
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...
Early Grocery Stores & Drug Stores
Article on the evolution of grocery stores and drug stores in Wyandotte County. Lists of ethnic grocery stores, including Scandinavian, German, Polish, Croatian, and Russian, are included. The article...
Mission Hills Works Smarter in Challenging Times
Article on the financial staus of Mission Hills since the recession of 2008. The author discusses budgeting, building and maintenance projects, and city planning and future preservation concerns.
Family's Life Revolved Around Longview Farm
Article on the life and recollections of Anna Scherer. R. A. Long offered to buy the Scherer family farm in Jackson County in 1912, but Anna's father refused to sell. Instead, R. A. Long bought the land...
Robert Pryor Combs
Article on the life of Robert Pryor Combs and his relationship with his wife, Loula Long Combs. He and Loula were married on June 30, 1917 in Corinthian Hall. They moved to Longview Farm in 1919. He served...
Obscenity in Kansas
Article on the obscenity trial of Henry J. Haldeman. Haldeman’s father, Emauneul Haldeman-Julius, ran a successful mail order publishing company out of Girard, Kansas between 1919 and 1945, printing...
Creating a Heart of America Infrastructure
Article on the origins of railroads in and through Kansas City, and their connections to the rest of the United States, beginning with the construction of the Hannibal Bridge in 1869. The article focuses...
Challenging Imperial Expectations
Article on the role of female homesteaders in the West, featuring a case study of Kansas settlers in Graham County, Kansas. At the height of westward expansion in the late 19th century, lawmakers struggled...
Women Lawyers In and Around Kansas City
Article profiles four Kansas City area women lawyers: Mary Tiera Farrow, Leona H. Pouncey Thurman, Mary Elizabeth Lease and Lyda Conley. Photograph of Tiera Farrow only.
Still in Style
Article profiles Panache Chocolatier at 418 Nichols Road, "celebrating 25 years of catering to chocolate lovers."
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