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Jill Wendholt Silva
'Like an Earthquake'
February 20, 2013
Article reports on a large natural gas explosion in the Country Club Plaza that injured at least 16 people and destroyed the iconic JJ's Restaurant at 48th Street and Belleview Avenue. The force of the...
'Tis Time For a Hoolie
June 12, 2012
Brown's Irish Marketplace, 3300 Pennsylvania Avenue, is celebrating its 125th anniversary. The family-owned store was established in 1887 by Ed and Mary Dillion Flavin. It became Browne's market in 1915...
'Treasure Hunt' Coming to End
September 29, 2010
Article discusses the closing of the Junior League Resale Boutique. For more than 75 years the shop provided clothes for needy families. Article gives more information about other programs run by the Junior...
A New Leaf for Rehab Institute
January 5, 2013
Article describes the establishment and operations of the new RIKC Book Store. Rick Caplan, director of RIKC's new business development, is interviewed and provides details concerning its partnership with...
Becoming Mary Eisenhower
February 22, 2009
Profile of Mary Eisenhower, president and CEO of People to People International and the granddaughter of former president, Dwight D. Eisenhower. The article contains biographical information about Ms....
Birdies of Paradise
June 28, 2009
Feature story on the iconic Shuttlecock sculptures located on the grounds of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. The four 5,500-pound Shuttlecocks were installed in June of 1994 and have become one the most...
Called to Care for the Elderly
October 7, 2012
Brief interview with Sister Beatrice Scully, development director for Little Sisters of the Poor. The order operates the Jeanne Jugan Center, a residential nursing home for the elderly who cannot provide...
Cathy Campbell, Manager of the John Wornall House Herb Garden
April 21, 2013
Interview with Cathy Campbell, manager of the John Wornall House herb garden. Campbell discusses preparations for the 25th Annual Herb and Wildflower Sale that will take place on Saturday the 26th of April,...
Downtown Goes Bananas Over Art
August 17, 2007
Captioned photograph of a 14-foot-tall papier-mache banana located on the side of the Folly Theater. It is part of the annual Avenue of the Arts celebration downtown. The title of the art work is "Staying...
Eat, Play, Collaborate
October 3, 2010
Cover story on the co-branding of local products from companies including the Roasterie, Boulevard Brewing Co., Christopher Elbow Artisanal Chocolates, Glace Artisan Ice Cream, Patric Chocolate, and Soda...
Food Trucks Rev Up in KC
May 1, 2011
Article describes the growing number of upscale mobile eateries in Kansas City (food trucks) and their use of social media such as Twitter and Facebook to connect with customers. The vendors spotlighted...
History Closes Chapter on WWI Doughboys
March 1, 2011
Missouri native Frank Woodruff Buckles died on February 27, 2011, as the "last American soldier who was witness to the 'war to end all wars.' " Article gives a brief history of Buckles and mentions his...
In KC, the Show Went On
November 22, 2013
Article summarizes the experience of Bonnie Susan Barter (now Bonnie Hamilton) following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963. She is interviewed and describes her participation...
It's Classy, but Clash-Filled
November 28, 2011
Article about the conflict over the size of new houses and home additions in Mission Hills, one of the most "sought-after addresses since the 1980s and 1990s for the well-to-do" in the Kansas City area....
Kansas City's Creative Community, "The Show Must Go On"
October 21, 2012
Article describes the early career of Sherry Leedy and her relationship to Jim Leedy. The establishment and daily operations of her Crossroads gallery, Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art, is discussed. Her...
KC Women's Clubs Pass into Obscurity
April 18, 2009
The last official meeting of the Woman's City Club and the Presidents and Past Presidents General Assembly, both formed more than 90 years ago, will be held April 2009. A third club, the Kansas City Athenaeum,...
Kempers Want Values to Last
April 23, 2013
Article on UMB Bank, focusing on the Kemper family's role as leaders. Previously known as Center City, City, City National, and United Missouri, UMB Bank was founded in 1913. In 1918, William T. Kemper...
Next Stop: Streetcars
December 13, 2012
Article announces that the tax initiative to fund a two-mile streetcar system in downtown Kansas City has been approved by voters. Various civic leaders are interviewed and discuss the potential for a...
One for the Books
January 30, 2011
Cover story about owners (Pete Cowdin and Deb Pettid) of the Reading Reptile, a children's bookstore in Brookside "with a nationwide reputation among authors and publishers." According to Kristen McLean,...
Pitching a Perfect Fit
January 22, 2008
Overview of the Lee Co., maker of jeans, as well as fashion changes. The Lee Co. traces its roots to Salina, Kansas, in 1892. "In 1916, Lee built a new plant and office building at 20th and Wyandotte streets...
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