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Truman, Harry S
1918 Report Gives Hope To Hero's Supporters
April 24, 2011
Henry Johnson served in an all-black infantry regiment in France during 1918. Johnson's family tried to have him posthumously receive the nation's highest award for valor in 2003 but he was given the Distinguished...
A Fight to Save Where They Fought
July 3, 2012
Article on the Monnett Battle of Westport Fund and their attempts to acquire land of the Big Blue Battlefield north of Swope Park. The fund controls more than half of the area near the Blue River where...
A New Home for Black Archives
January 3, 2011
The newly renovated Parks and Recreation building, the former Parade Park Maintenance Building at 1722 E. 17th Terrace in the 18th and Vine district, has been completed for the home of the Black Archives...
A Shining Light
April 6, 2012
Article about the new temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints built in Clay County, Missouri along Interstate 435. Open only to members of the church in good standing, “the three-story,...
Aldermen Crunch the Numbers on Limestone Mine
April 14, 2010
Sugar Creek Board of Aldermen discussed whether "to approve a mining application by Lafarge Aggregates to excavate limestone beneath a former dairy farm called Cedar Crest." Article discusses the pros...
An Old Way of Moving is Timely Once More
June 23, 2007
June 23, 1957, marks the 50th anniversary of the last streetcar ride in Kansas City. Streetcars were introduced in Kansas City in the 1870s but were fazed out in the 1950s in favor of a more modern bus...
Arts District Upgrade
November 14, 2012
Article describes the completion of a federally-funded sidewalks project in the Englewood Arts District of Independence. Representatives from the Englewood Business Association and the Mid-America Regional...
Biography of Audrey Stubbart (1895-2000), Newspaper Woman
Biography of Herman A. Johnson (1916-2004) and Dorothy H. Johnson (1916-2004), Philanthropists
Changes in Truman District Outlined
September 1, 2010
Short article about the proposed expansion of Independence's federal Truman heritage district by the National Parks Service. "The current federal district boundary includes 216 parcels, 191 of which are...
Court Renovations on Table
August 22, 2011
Proposals for renovations of the Truman Courthouse in Independence and the Jackson County Courthouse Annex are being requested by county officials who "have worked for close to 10 years to save and stabilize...
Down in the Mine
July 18, 2010
Cover story about the limestone mine 750 feet below Sugar Creek. "Subsurface mining remains a heavy industry in the Kansas City Area. Limestone is a principal ingredient in the manufacture of Portland...
Downtown Kansas City
Map depicting Kansas City locations important in the history of Walt Disney's life. Includes an outline of the Disney family paper route, the location of the Kansas City Film Ad company, and Laugh-O-Gram...
Drug Store Dynasty
October 2, 2011
Cover story on Isaac and Michael Katz, “who turned two cigar stores into a drug store empire.” The majority of the article is excerpted from the new book “The Kings of Cut-Rate: The Very American...
Grand Opening for Black Archives
June 12, 2012
The Black Archives of Mid-America reopened on June 16, 2012 at it's new location at 1722 E. 17th Terrace, in the 18th and Vine District. "The archives shut down in 2006, effectively sealing its collections...
Hallowed Grounds Revisited
May 30, 2009
Article spotlights three African American members of the Tribe of Mic-O-Say, a prestigious Scouting program founded by H. Roe Bartle in the 1920s, and their role in integrating the Boys Scouts of Kansas...
High & Rising
Book is filled with photographs, personal reminiscences, and information concerning the 1951 flood. It includes a section called "A Long History of Flooding" which tells of other floods in the area (pp....
High & Rising: The 1951 Kansas City Flood
Book about the 1951 flood in Kansas City with numerous photos and descriptions of its causes (heavy rains in Kansas) and results (millions of dollars of damage leaving mud and wreckage), etc.
Historian's Hard Work, Innovation Will Survive
January 13, 2009
Article describes the life and work of Greg Hawley who was killed in a highway accident on January 10, 2009. Hawley, his brother David, his father Bob, and other partners unearthed and restored the Steamship...
Historic Site to Be Dedicated
October 23, 2008
Short news piece about the dedication of the new Wayne City Landing overlook in Sugar Creek. Wayne City, a Missouri River port was an early nineteenth century stop for pioneers coming to Independence to...
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