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'Unsung hero' of Civil Rights Dies
August 23, 2010
Article about John M. Swomley who died August 16, 2010, at the age of 95. Swomley was a professor of Christian ethics at Saint Paul School of Theology from 1960 to 1984. He was a pacifist and a close associate...
'X-Raying The Heartache'
July 4, 2010
Profile of author Christie Hodgen whose second novel, Elegies for the Broken-Hearted, has just been published. The 36-year old assistant professor of English at the University of Missouri-Kansas City is...
Article about the school board meeting listing the teachers from Westport at "the County Institute at Independence."
A Coda to a Musical Career
April 30, 2010
Article profiles pianist Myrna Braverman who is retiring after 20 years as a teacher at the Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy. For the past decade she has performed with Yachad: The Traveling Tefillah Band. Braverman...
A Different Drummer
May 5, 2011
Feature article on local drummer and instructor Brandon Draper, who describes his father's musical influence as well as his career. Draper currently teaches at Shawnee Mission West High School and Kansas...
A Doctor and a Teacher
October 17, 2011
Tribute to Charley Norris of Louisburg, Kansas, who died September 1, 2011. Norris developed the head and neck surgery and oncology program at KU Medical Center.
A Good-By to W. H. Leib
Biographical article about W. H. Leib, "one of the pioneers of the musical circles here," retiring from 30 years of teaching music in the Kansas City School District at the age of 70.
A Stellar Education Ahead...Allons-y!
November 19, 2014
Profile of the French-immersion school Academie Lafayette, described as an "urban success story" due to the high standardized test scores of its students. The school was established in 1999 as a public...
A Summer Roundup Session
Notice for the "annual meeting and tea of the summer roundup chairmen of the Kansas City Council of Parents and Teachers" at the YWCA, involving Mrs. Mary Weeks, "president of the children's bureau and...
A True Friend of Education
September 2, 2011
Tribute to James Coen of Blue Springs who taught history at Fort Osage High School for many years and later served 13 years on the Blue Springs, Missouri, school board. Coen died August 6, 2011.
Photo and biographical description of Savino Rendina, an 81-year-old retired "violinist, pianist and French horn player" residing at 4242 54th Street Terrace. Also "one of the original members of the Kansas...
Biographical article about Anna Edwards, a teacher retiring after 58 years of service, beginning her career in 1916 at the Ashland school until becoming "principal of the Kansas City Boys' Orphan Home"...
Obituary for Miss Ada Zimmerschied, a teacher and principal for 49 years in the Kansas City School District before dying in 1956.
Albert Saeger Obituary
Obituary for Albert Saeger, a professor emeritus at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and a microphotographer at the Virus Laboratory at the University of Kansas Medical Center.
Along a Musical Trail: Sweet Singers of Yesterday in Kansas City
Microfilmed scrapbook contains an article about reminiscences of Nellie McCoy Harris, regarding early singers and musicians in the Kansas City area, especially in the 1850s. Description of many specific...
Alumni of One-Room School Reunite and Reminisce
Story of "the first Mount Gilead School reunion" of former students and teachers at Mount Gilead school "west of Kearney," Missouri, in Clay County, built in 1835, closed in 1946, and "believed to be the...
Always Moving, Always Changing
February 23, 2014
Interview with Yvonne S. Wilson, former director of education for the Kansas City School District and Missouri state representative for the 42nd District. Wilson responds to questions regarding her involvement...
Arthur Mellott of U. S. Court Dies: Chief of Kansas District Was Appointed by Truman, His Former Law Student
Photo and obituary for Judge Arthur Johnson Mellott, or Arthur Mellott (1888-1957), "Chief Judge of the United States District Court in Kansas," dying at the age of 69 in 1957. Native of Leavenworth County,...
Obituary for Augusta Gufler, a retired home economics teacher at Northeast High School from 1924 to 1954, dying at the age of 89.
Beloved Art Professor Reflects on Last 48 Years
April 26, 2013
Article announces that Richard Mattsson is retiring from the faculty of the Kansas City Art Institute. Former students and friends of Mattsson are interviewed and discuss his impact upon their lives and...
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