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Reporter Receives Tom Joyner 'Hardest Working' Award
Eric L. Wesson, a writer for the Kansas City Call who also hosts two radio talk shows, is owner of One Goal Consultants. Wesson is active in many community activities.
The Oldest Inhabitant
Portrait and biographical article about Washington Henry Chick, or Washington Chick (1826-1918), "the oldest citizen of Kansas City" at the time of the article's writing. Description of his life and career...
A City of Glass
Article provides information on the glass in the new Sprint Center as well as other buildings downtown which contain a lot of glass. For the Sprint Center the following information is provided: 2,204 panels...
Temple Turns 140
Article spotlights the history and milestones of the Temple B'nai Jehudah. The congregation was established Oct. 2, 1870, and joined Union of American Hebrew Congregations three years later. It is celebrating...
African American Population Trends
Information about changes in black population in the greater Kansas City area, both urban and suburban, from 1960 to 1980, approximately.
J. C. Nichols
Microfilm containing Nichols speeches and articles about him.
Public invited to recent CABA Christmas breakfast
Article describes effort by the Central Avenue Betterment Association (CABA) to expand its membership to represent the many ethnic groups represented by business owners. Founded in 1977, the non-profit...
Information about the theater at 622 Main Street in the 1930s.
Priests of Pallas
Information about Priests of Pallas parade with a Greek theme held annually from 1887 to 1911 and from 1922 to 1924.
Pearl Lange Schuler
File containing a photo and information on Pearl Lange Schuler, or Pearl Schuler (ca. 1889-1956), a local poet and women's club activist, with residence at 6607 West 80th Street Terrace in Overland Park,...
Photo and information on John Selby, a novelist of fiction books set in the Kansas City area ("among them a fictionized [sic] biography of William Rockhill Nelson") and a former Kansas City Star journalist...
New Face for KC's Biggest Fountain
Short article about the $3.1 million restoration of the courtyard fountain at Unity Village, considered by them to be the largest fountain in the Kansas City area. It is 330 feet long and 33 feet wide...
Civil War Newspapers
Reproductions of Civil War era newspapers from April 13, 1861, including the Daily National Intelligencer (of Washington, D. C.) and the Daily Dispatch (of Richmond, Virginia).
Obituary for Mrs. Virginia Swain Stong
File containing an obituary for Mrs. Virginia Swain Stong, or Virginia Stong (ca. 1899-1968), a novelist and native of Kansas City. "[A]uthor of 'Dollar Gold Piece,' a novel about Kansas City in the 1900's,"...
To Calm Grief, He Builds Churches
Roe Messner, former husband of Tammy Faye Bakker Messner, is a prolific church builder. For more than 50 years, Messner has been putting up churches across the country, and now has built churches in 47...
Kansas City Driving Park File
File containing a large photo of the "Kansas City Driving Park," a horse and buggy race track presumably at the Kansas City Driving Club.
Reclaiming Northeast Kansas City
Article describes efforts by Kansas City Congregation-based Community Organization (CCO) to fight crime in the Northeast neighborhood.
Novel of Courage by Independence Woman
File containing a book review of "It Came to Pass" by Olive Webster Roberts, or Olive Roberts, a local novelist.
Margaret McGinnis Swigart
File containing photos and information on Margaret McGinnis Swigart, or Margaret Swigart (ca. 1884-1952), a Kansas City poet residing at 5817 Holmes Street. Native of Oklahoma coming to Kansas City about...
A Rugged Ozarks Resident at 83 Tells Tales of a Pioneer Neighbor's Prowess
Biographical article about Jacob Coonce (1806-1878), a hunter and soldier from Saint Clair County, Missouri, building that region's first cabin in 1831 and moving around 1832 to Jackson County near Brush...
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