Kansas City History http://kcur.org en The History of Kemper Arena http://kcur.org/post/history-kemper-arena <p>About four and a half decades ago, in a stunningly brief period of years, Kansas City built major public structures for air travelers, conventioneers and sports fans. All survive today, but one of them, sitting in the West Bottoms, is underutilized compared to the others.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 17:46:09 +0000 Matthew Long-Middleton 58905 at http://kcur.org The History of Kemper Arena Then And Now: A Look Back At The Battle Of Westport http://kcur.org/post/then-and-now-look-back-battle-westport <p>If you've ever noticed plaques in Kansas City's Westport district describing Civil War-era events, then you have at least a little background on the Battle of Westport, a series of battles that ended in a decisive Union victory and emancipation for slaves in Missouri.</p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 20:20:46 +0000 Cody Newill 57514 at http://kcur.org Then And Now: A Look Back At The Battle Of Westport Timeline: A Look Back At 40 Years Of Kansas City's Black Archives http://kcur.org/post/timeline-look-back-40-years-kansas-citys-black-archives <p>Over forty years ago, <a href="http://www.blackarchives.org/about/founder">Horace Peterson III</a> started collecting relics of Kansas City-area history in the trunk of his car.</p><p>That collection grew into the <a href="http://www.blackarchives.org/">Black Archives of Mid-America</a>, a research facility, museum and community gathering space now located at 1722 E. 17th Terrace in the historic 18th and Vine Jazz District in Kansas City, Mo.</p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 19:12:08 +0000 Cara McClain 57412 at http://kcur.org Timeline: A Look Back At 40 Years Of Kansas City's Black Archives Three Prized Possessions From Kansas City's Black Archives http://kcur.org/post/three-prized-possessions-kansas-citys-black-archives <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Black Archives of Mid-America has provided a place to learn about African-American history in Kansas City, Mo., for the past four decades. &nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">And during that time, it has amassed a vast collection of papers</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, photographs and even physical structures to show what life was like as a black Kansas&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Citian</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 19:11:39 +0000 Cara McClain 57414 at http://kcur.org Three Prized Possessions From Kansas City's Black Archives A Look Back At The 3 Times Kansas City Hosted National Political Conventions http://kcur.org/post/look-back-3-times-kansas-city-hosted-national-political-conventions <p>The Republican National Committee is <a href="http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-advances-final-4-republican-convention-bid" target="_blank">eyeing Kansas City</a> as a potential site for the 2016 Republican National Convention, and after a visit last week, the <a href="http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-leaders-hoping-woo-republican-convention-scouts">delegates’ first impressions seem positive.</a></p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 16:31:09 +0000 Cody Newill 57075 at http://kcur.org A Look Back At The 3 Times Kansas City Hosted National Political Conventions Kansas City's 'Cowtown' Heritage http://kcur.org/post/kansas-citys-cowtown-heritage <p></p><p>Kansas City used to be the place, "where the steak is born." Now it's known more for barbecue than steaks and stockyards.</p><p>On the first half of Wednesday's&nbsp;<a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date" target="_blank"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, host Steve Kraske sits down with local food critic&nbsp;<strong>Charles Ferruzza</strong>&nbsp;to dive into Kansas City's carnivorous past.&nbsp;</p><p><b>Guest:</b></p><ul><li><b>Charles Ferruzza</b>​, food critic.</li></ul> Wed, 14 May 2014 15:59:32 +0000 Steve Kraske & Cody Newill 55711 at http://kcur.org Kansas City's 'Cowtown' Heritage The History Of Troost http://kcur.org/post/history-troost <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For decades, </span>Troost<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Avenue has symbolized racial separation, income disparity and vast differences in home value as well as frequency of crime. But it's only a street. And at one time, it happened to be quite a prosperous street.</span></p><p>Hosted by Monroe Dodd, this discussion explores the specific decisions, both national and local, that laid the groundwork for Troost's transformation into a major metropolitan divide. Personal stories from a longtime resident contribute to this conversation. &nbsp;</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 20:49:56 +0000 Gina Kaufmann & Matthew Long-Middleton 54072 at http://kcur.org A Look Into Kansas City's Past http://kcur.org/post/look-kansas-citys-past <p></p><p>1940 was a pivotal year for Kansas City. Tom Pendergast’s rule through corruption and debauchery had crumbled, leaving the new local government to reform a city hungry for jazz and liquor.</p><p>On Thursday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, we examine how Kansas City was different in the World War II era. On the way, we take a look at how the “<a href="http://paris-of-the-plains.blogspot.com/" target="_blank">Paris of the Plains</a>” changed from a den of iniquity to the city we know today.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong></p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Steve Kraske, Beth Lipoff & Cody Newill 53924 at http://kcur.org A Look Into Kansas City's Past 4 Things To Know About North Kansas City http://kcur.org/post/4-things-know-about-north-kansas-city <p>There’s a community of more than 4,000 people that sits barely two miles away from Kansas City’s Downtown. It has its own mayor and city agencies and a major hospital, and it’s more than a century old. We're talking about North Kansas City, all 4.4 square miles of it.</p><p>On Friday's Central Standard, Monroe Dodd chats with two longtime residents of the city about the history of this town-within-a-town.</p> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 19:32:55 +0000 Matthew Long-Middleton & Ross Stinemetz 49923 at http://kcur.org 4 Things To Know About North Kansas City The Celebrities Buried In Kansas City Cemeteries http://kcur.org/post/celebrities-buried-kansas-city-cemeteries <p>Do the ghosts of Jesse James, Cole Younger, and Annie Chambers still haunt us? What about the apparitions of Carrie Nation and Tom Pendergast?</p><p>These folks all have one thing in common — they're all buried right here in Kansas City. So, f<span style="line-height: 1.5;">or a brief moment, let's resurrect these long-slumbering souls and explore the fascinating lives of some of Kansas City's famous dead:</span></p><p><strong>Goodman Ace (1899-1982) and Jane Ace (1900-1974)</strong></p> Thu, 31 Oct 2013 19:41:59 +0000 Matthew Long-Middleton & Ross Stinemetz 46103 at http://kcur.org The Celebrities Buried In Kansas City Cemeteries Kansas City's First Black Baptist Church Marks 150 Year Anniversary http://kcur.org/post/kansas-citys-first-black-baptist-church-marks-150-year-anniversary <p>One hundred fifty years ago the country was midway through the Civil War, and back then, <strong>Second Baptist Church</strong> was a mission known as a "Stragglers Camp" located on the south banks of the Missouri River.</p> Fri, 09 Aug 2013 14:56:18 +0000 Stephen Steigman & Steve Kraske 41696 at http://kcur.org Kansas City's First Black Baptist Church Marks 150 Year Anniversary Reading The Rocks In Kansas City http://kcur.org/post/reading-rocks-kansas-city <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Imagine a Kansas City covered by ice sheets, oceans that ebb and flow, or lush rain forests with soaring ferns and palm trees.&nbsp;</span></p><p>These were some of the different landscapes that covered this area millions of years ago.&nbsp; UMKC&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">geosciences professor emeritus Richard Gentile says we learn all this by “reading the rocks” beneath our feet. &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 13 May 2013 16:37:17 +0000 Susan B. Wilson 36642 at http://kcur.org Reading The Rocks In Kansas City Lawyers, Lawmen & Outlaws: The Irish In KC http://kcur.org/post/lawyers-lawmen-outlaws-irish-kc <p><strong>The Irish</strong> played a crucial role in the development of Kansas City.&nbsp; While their labor helped to literally build the city, their community found members<strong> on both sides of the law</strong>.</p><p></p><p> Thu, 07 Mar 2013 00:00:00 +0000 Steve Kraske & Danie Alexander 33047 at http://kcur.org Lawyers, Lawmen & Outlaws: The Irish In KC Book Explores Life And Legacy Of Pioneering Political Leader Leon Jordan http://kcur.org/post/book-explores-life-and-legacy-pioneering-political-leader-leon-jordan <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Three years ago, Kansas City police re-opened one of the most vexing cold cases in local history. It was the 1970 murder of politician and civil rights leader Leon Jordan. The case was re-opened after an investigation by Kansas City Star reporters Mike McGraw and Glenn Rice.&nbsp; McGraw told us what one of the original detectives told him about the 40-year-old case.</span></p> Tue, 15 Jan 2013 22:41:59 +0000 Sylvia Maria Gross & Susan B. Wilson 30460 at http://kcur.org Book Explores Life And Legacy Of Pioneering Political Leader Leon Jordan KC History: Wornall/Majors House Museums http://kcur.org/post/kc-history-wornallmajors-house-museums <p>You've driven past those historic houses in Kansas City, and no doubt they've piqued your curiosity.&nbsp; What's inside?&nbsp; Who once lived there?&nbsp; And how do these places figure into our area's history? Thu, 25 Oct 2012 23:00:00 +0000 Laurie Arbore & Monroe Dodd 26584 at http://kcur.org KC History: Wornall/Majors House Museums How Discriminatory Real Estate Practices Led To A Divided KC http://kcur.org/post/how-discriminatory-real-estate-practices-led-divided-kc <p>Author Tanner Colby wondered why almost none of his friends were black. His curiosity led him to explore racial integration in America, and his search led him right to Kansas City where J.C. Nichols once enjoyed the dubious distinction of being a national leader in developing and maintaining all-white communities.</p> Mon, 08 Oct 2012 22:13:29 +0000 Susan B. Wilson 25693 at http://kcur.org How Discriminatory Real Estate Practices Led To A Divided KC Tom & Harry: The Boss And The President http://kcur.org/post/tom-harry-boss-and-president <p>In two weeks, attorney and film maker <strong>Terence O'Malley</strong> will release his third Kansas City-centered documentary titled "Tom and Harry: The Boss and the President."</p><p> Mon, 08 Oct 2012 15:21:38 +0000 Stephen Steigman & Steve Kraske 25672 at http://kcur.org Tom & Harry: The Boss And The President KC History: Waldo & The Westport Presbyterian Church http://kcur.org/post/kc-history-waldo-westport-presbyterian-church <p>Next time on <em><strong><a href="http://kcur.org/programs/centralstandardfriday">Central Standard Friday</a></strong>, </em>join historian Monroe Dodd for the history of the Waldo neighborhood with <strong>LaDene Morton</strong>, author of <strong><em><a href="https://www.historypress.net/catalogue/bookstore/books/The-Waldo-Story/9781609494728">The Waldo Story</a></em></strong>.</p><p> Thu, 07 Jun 2012 21:26:22 +0000 Andrea Silenzi 19024 at http://kcur.org KC History: Waldo & The Westport Presbyterian Church The Son Of A Bandit: Jesse James, Jr. http://kcur.org/post/son-bandit-jesse-james-jr <p>Jesse James&rsquo;s son may have been a lawyer, but he <strong>was no stranger to the long arm of the law</strong>. Wed, 06 Jun 2012 22:36:26 +0000 Stephen Steigman & Steve Kraske & Greta Wendelin 18930 at http://kcur.org The Son Of A Bandit: Jesse James, Jr. Reconsidering The Legacy Of KC's Champion Cakewalker http://kcur.org/post/reconsidering-legacy-kcs-champion-cakewalker <p>Every month, the staff of the Kansas City Museum asks a local expert in some field to talk about a piece from the museum's collection for its Community Curator program. This month's talk is by Glenn North, the poet-in-residence at the American Jazz Museum, and it focuses on a painting that made North uncomfortable at first.</p> Mon, 21 May 2012 19:45:32 +0000 Sylvia Maria Gross 18049 at http://kcur.org Reconsidering The Legacy Of KC's Champion Cakewalker Walt's 'Loveable Joints' On KMBC http://kcur.org/post/walts-loveable-joints-kmbc <p>Walt Bodine has been a ubiquitous voice for Kansas City over the years, but he&#39;s also been a face as well. In these human-interest shorts that he did for KMBC starting in 1982, Walt reaches out to Kansas City by doing what he does best: telling stories and sharing information.</p><p> Tue, 24 Apr 2012 17:45:13 +0000 Charlie Upchurch 16253 at http://kcur.org Walt's 'Loveable Joints' On KMBC KC History: Mobsters In Our Midst http://kcur.org/post/kc-history-mobsters-our-midst <p>On this Friday's Walt Bodine Show, co-host Monroe Dodd will be joined by longtime FBI Agent William Ouseley for a look at how the mob emerged into the public eye, as told in his book Mobsters in our Midst.</p> Thu, 08 Mar 2012 22:45:17 +0000 Andrea Silenzi 13890 at http://kcur.org KC History: Mobsters In Our Midst