history http://kcur.org en History And Future of Kansas City Scottish Rite Temple http://kcur.org/post/history-and-future-kansas-city-scottish-rite-temple <p></p><p>When you think of the Masons, images of secret societies and rituals may come to mind—but what about their architecture?</p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 21:39:36 +0000 Brian Ellison & Hannah Copeland 58348 at http://kcur.org History And Future of Kansas City Scottish Rite Temple For 200 Years, That Star-Spangled Banner Does Still Wave http://kcur.org/post/200-years-star-spangled-banner-does-still-wave <p></p><p></p><p>Kansas Citians - or at least Chiefs fans - may have our own take on the closing line of the national anthem, but this Independence Day we can join the rest of America to celebrate the song's 200th&nbsp;anniversary. That's right: it's been two centuries since Francis Scott Key first commemorated the symbol of the home of the&nbsp;brave<em>.&nbsp;</em></p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Steve Kraske, Scott Ross & Hannah Copeland 58189 at http://kcur.org For 200 Years, That Star-Spangled Banner Does Still Wave Historic Dividing Lines In Public Education Still Affect Kansas And Missouri Schools http://kcur.org/post/historic-dividing-lines-public-education-still-affect-kansas-and-missouri-schools <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p>This spring marked the 60th anniversary of <a href="http://www.pbs.org/wnet/supremecourt/rights/landmark_brown.html">Brown v. Board of Education</a>, a Kansas case that went to the Supreme Court and ultimately ended with the ruling that the segregation of schools was unconstitutional. In the first half of Tuesday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/central-standard"><em>Central Standard</em></a>, we shared some little-known stories of the desegregation process from the months and years that followed.</p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 21:49:54 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton, Christina Lieffring & Matt Hodapp 58223 at http://kcur.org Historic Dividing Lines In Public Education Still Affect Kansas And Missouri Schools The Battle Of Westport 150 Years Later http://kcur.org/post/battle-westport-150-years-later <p></p><p>In October of 1864, Kansas City played host to a dramatic clash of Union and Confederate forces. Thousands of troops squared off along Brush Creek and Blue River in the <b>Battle of Westport</b>, the largest Civil War battle west of the Mississippi River. On Thursday's <a href="http://www.kcur.org/programs/date" target="_blank"><i>Up to Date</i></a>&nbsp;Steve Kraske talks with preservationist Daniel Smith about the legacy of the "Gettysburg of the West."</p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Steve Kraske & Scott Ross 57533 at http://kcur.org The Battle Of Westport 150 Years Later Dr. Mary Frances Berry: The Legacy Of Sixties Activism http://kcur.org/post/dr-mary-frances-berry-legacy-sixties-activism <p></p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Steve Kraske & Scott Ross 57413 at http://kcur.org Dr. Mary Frances Berry: The Legacy Of Sixties Activism Jeff Shaara Is Back With Third Civil War Novel http://kcur.org/post/jeff-shaara-back-third-civil-war-novel <p></p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Steve Kraske & Scott Ross 57415 at http://kcur.org Jeff Shaara Is Back With Third Civil War Novel The History of Recent Political Conventions http://kcur.org/post/history-recent-political-conventions <p>Kansas City is getting the once-over this week from members of the Republican National Committee, who are in town to see whether we have what it takes to host the party’s 2016 national convention.</p><p>The last convention here came in 1976, and it was a hummer: A candidate named Ronald Reagan was taking on the incumbent president, Gerald Ford, and the battle went down to convention week.</p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 21:59:22 +0000 Matthew Long-Middleton 56966 at http://kcur.org The History of Recent Political Conventions How One Kansas City Neighborhood Opened Doors, And The Leaders Who Called It Home http://kcur.org/post/how-one-kansas-city-neighborhood-opened-doors-and-leaders-who-called-it-home <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Sheraton Estates was the first place in Kansas City, Mo., where African-Americans sought out to build new homes south of </span>27th<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Street. The suburban-style subdivision was built in 1957. It was marketed to, and, historically, home to many influential African-American leaders in the city.</span></p> Mon, 19 May 2014 21:01:09 +0000 Suzanne Hogan 55964 at http://kcur.org How One Kansas City Neighborhood Opened Doors, And The Leaders Who Called It Home Mother's Day: A Radical History, Plus Kansas Citians' Stories http://kcur.org/post/mothers-day-radical-history-plus-kansas-citians-stories <p>You could be forgiven if you happen to believe that Mother's Day is a holiday invented by florists, candy stores and greeting card companies. In point of fact, however, this holiday has a hard-won, grassroots history that puts today's celebrations in context.</p><p>On <em>Central Standard</em>, a historian introduced us to three women who lobbied for a mother's day of sorts: the first out of a desire for peace, the second to decrease infant mortality through education, and the third in service of her own professional yearnings.</p> Thu, 08 May 2014 18:12:50 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton, Sylvia Maria Gross & Kate Baxendale 55415 at http://kcur.org Mother's Day: A Radical History, Plus Kansas Citians' Stories Kansas City's World War I Monuments http://kcur.org/post/kansas-citys-world-war-i-monuments <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Everyone is familiar with the National World War I Monument in Kansas City, but there are others.</span></p><p>On Monday, we'll hear the stories behind some of the most prominent WWI monuments and memorials in Kansas City. James J. Heiman the author of <em>Voices In the Bronze and Stone: Kansas City's World War I Monuments and Memorials</em> joins us.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong></p><p><strong>James J. Heiman</strong> is the author of <em>Voices In Bronze and Stone: Kansas City's World War I Monuments and Memorials.</em></p> Mon, 05 May 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Steve Kraske & Jenny Whitty 55143 at http://kcur.org Kansas City's World War I Monuments War: How Violence Can Lead To Stability http://kcur.org/post/war-how-violence-can-lead-stability <p></p><p>War is bloody, tragic and violent, but it also has benefits for society—even if it doesn’t feel that way when the bullets are flying.</p><p>On Tuesday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, we talk with a historian about his idea that war ultimately leads to stability and prosperity, despite the high body counts it takes to get there.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong></p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 54872 at http://kcur.org War: How Violence Can Lead To Stability 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 Examining 100 Years Of The Panama Canal http://kcur.org/post/examining-100-years-panama-canal <p></p><p>You’ve heard of the man, his plan and that canal: Panama. Well, it’s been 100 years since its construction, and the waterway is getting a facelift.</p><p>On Monday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, we talk about a new local exhibit that explores that century of innovation.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong></p><ul><li><strong>Alberto Aleman Zubieta, </strong>former CEO of the Panama Canal Authority</li><li><strong>Lisa Browar,</strong> president of the Linda Hall Library</li></ul> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 16:12:14 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 53454 at http://kcur.org Examining 100 Years Of The Panama Canal Tracing The Atomic Age http://kcur.org/post/tracing-atomic-age <p></p><p>If you want drama, the story of how we developed atomic energy has it. From the novelty of X-rays to the destructive power unleashed in Hiroshima, to a major energy source — all the up and downs are there.&nbsp;</p><p>On Thursday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, we talk with an author who has traced the details of these events and many in-between to construct a history of the atomic age. We look at how scientists managed to get from Marie Curie’s discovery to the Manhattan Project and beyond.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong></p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 15:27:14 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 52886 at http://kcur.org Tracing The Atomic Age Looking Back At The U-2 Spy Plane Incident http://kcur.org/post/looking-back-u-2-spy-plane-incident <p>Threats to sovereignty along the Black Sea, lots of discussions about spying … it all brings back memories of the Cold War.</p><p>On Wednesday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, we talk about one of the most notorious incidents of that period. When Russia shot down the U-2 spy plane, pilot Gary Powers became the international face of a mission gone wrong. His son joins us to talk about that event.</p><p><strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Guest:</span></strong></p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 15:02:51 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 52879 at http://kcur.org Looking Back At The U-2 Spy Plane Incident The History Of The Native Peoples Of The Kansas City Region http://kcur.org/post/history-native-peoples-kansas-city-region <p>Long before the foundation of Oklahoma Joe's was laid or even the first oxen left Kansas City on the Santa Fe Trail, thousands of distinct people called the confluence of the Kansas and Missouri rivers home. In fact, the history of human settlement goes back over 13,000 years to when mastodons&nbsp;roamed&nbsp;where cows now graze. The Kansas City area was home to Clovis peoples and later many more Native Americans, who either called the area home or were pushed here by white colonists. Sat, 15 Feb 2014 04:55:47 +0000 Matthew Long-Middleton 51304 at http://kcur.org The History Of The Native Peoples Of The Kansas City Region Saving Art From War: The Monuments Men http://kcur.org/post/saving-art-war-monuments-men <p>They were a group of soldiers with something in common — a knowledge of art and how to preserve it.</p><p>On Monday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, we talk about <a href="http://www.monumentsmen.com" target="_blank">the Monuments Men</a>, a special division from the Allied forces during World War II who braved the battlefields to save priceless art and architecture from the ravages of war.</p> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 16:32:24 +0000 Steve Kraske, Beth Lipoff & Laura Spencer 50573 at http://kcur.org Saving Art From War: The Monuments Men WWI: Who Lit The Fire? http://kcur.org/post/wwi-who-lit-fire <p></p><p>When you think of World War I, you may picture soldiers fighting in the trenches, but the whole conflict started with the assassination of an Austrian archduke.</p><p>On Wednesday's <a href="http://kcur.org.programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, we talk with historian Sean McMeekin, who says it was a group of corrupt statesmen who held the match that lit the European powder keg.</p><p><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Guest:</strong></p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 15:49:48 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 50388 at http://kcur.org WWI: Who Lit The Fire? Kansas Agency Encourages A New Black Friday Tradition http://kcur.org/post/kansas-agency-encourages-new-black-friday-tradition <p>A Kansas agency is urging black families talk to sit down and interview their family members on Friday. The Kansas African American Affairs Commission is calling the oral history project called “<a href="http://www.kaaac.ks.gov/ks-black-history/a-new-black-friday-project-2013">New Black Friday</a>.”</p> Fri, 29 Nov 2013 13:46:15 +0000 Maria Carter 47437 at http://kcur.org Warren G. Harding: America's Least Favorite President http://kcur.org/post/warren-g-harding-americas-least-favorite-president <p>During his presidency, Warren G. Harding was generally well liked among Americans. In contemporary times however, Harding's cronyism and corruption have sent him to the bottom of favorite president lists.</p><p></p><p></p><p>On Thursday's <i>Up to Date</i>, we talk with historian&nbsp;<strong>Phillip Payne</strong> about Harding's upbringing, his ascendancy to power, and the scandals that still plague his image to this day.</p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 17:13:28 +0000 Steve Kraske & Cody Newill 47151 at http://kcur.org Warren G. Harding: America's Least Favorite President The Film That Shaped America's JFK Memories http://kcur.org/post/film-shaped-americas-jfk-memories <p></p><p>The silently haunting images of the Zapruder film captured the moment John F. Kennedy was shot during that famous Dallas parade in 1963. Those images have become part of the mythology that surrounds the event, both for the conspiracy theorists and others.&nbsp;</p><p>On Wednesday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, we talk with historian <strong>Max Holland</strong>, who has analyzed the effect of the film on how the American people understand the 50-year-old assassination.</p><p><strong>Guest:&nbsp;</strong></p> Tue, 12 Nov 2013 20:33:47 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 46715 at http://kcur.org The Film That Shaped America's JFK Memories Persian Poetry Brings The Past To The Present http://kcur.org/post/persian-poetry-brings-past-present <p>It's been 800 years, but the words of Rumi, a 13th&nbsp;century Persian poet, still seem to entrance people</p><p>In the second part of Wednesday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, Steve Kraske speaks with Rumi scholar <strong>Coleman Barks </strong>about the poet's legacy and why his verses continue to thrive.</p><p><strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Guest:</span></strong></p> Tue, 29 Oct 2013 18:44:12 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 45971 at http://kcur.org Persian Poetry Brings The Past To The Present WWI: Making History Come Alive http://kcur.org/post/wwi-making-history-come-alive <p>Making history come alive is tricky, but some historians manage to paint people like the czars of Russia or Kaiser Wilhelm of Germany not just as dusty textbook figures.</p><p></p><p>In the first part of Wednesday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, we talk with historian<strong> Robert Massie</strong> about his vivid descriptions of the powerful people pulling the strings behind World War I.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong></p> Tue, 22 Oct 2013 21:00:00 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 45615 at http://kcur.org WWI: Making History Come Alive 1913: Before The Great War http://kcur.org/post/1913-great-war <p>By 1919, much of continental Europe lay in ruins in the aftermath of World War I. Prior to that conflict, with three European empires ruled by the “Kingly cousins,” most people thought a war was nearly impossible.</p> Sun, 20 Oct 2013 17:00:00 +0000 Steve Kraske, Beth Lipoff & Cody Newill 45432 at http://kcur.org 1913: Before The Great War Looking Back At The Sunflower Ammunition Plant http://kcur.org/post/looking-back-sunflower-ammunition-plant <p>The Midwest is generally a calm place, but a new museum exhibit in Johnson County is recalling a place that was potentially explosive.</p><p>On Friday&#39;s <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, we talk about the history and development of the Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant. A former plant manager and the top government official both join us today to give an inside look at what it was like to work there.</p><p><strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Guests:</span></strong></p> Thu, 10 Oct 2013 21:00:00 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 45005 at http://kcur.org Looking Back At The Sunflower Ammunition Plant New Book Explores Stories Of 'Extraordinary Black Missourians' http://kcur.org/post/new-book-explores-stories-extraordinary-black-missourians <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Written histories of Missouri (and arguably, all states) often overlook the contributions of African Americans, but a new book by St. Louis-based authors John and Sylvia Wright attempts to fill in the gaps.</span></p> Mon, 22 Jul 2013 21:42:40 +0000 Susan B. Wilson 40619 at http://kcur.org Looking Back At Gettysburg http://kcur.org/post/looking-back-gettysburg <div>It’s been 150 years since the muskets fired and men in both blue and gray fell to the ground at battleground in Pennsylvania. Mon, 24 Jun 2013 14:52:30 +0000 Beth Lipoff & Steve Kraske 38930 at http://kcur.org Looking Back At Gettysburg Real Pirates Commandeer Kansas City's Union Station http://kcur.org/post/real-pirates-commandeer-kansas-citys-union-station <p></p><p>Blackbeard. Jack Sparrow. Captain Hook. We’ve seen the ships, peg legs, skulls and crossbones. They cross the turbulent high seas on the big screen, in books and in our imaginations. <strong>But who were pirates, really?</strong></p><p>This Saturday, <strong>Union Station</strong> opens the doors to its <strong>“Real Pirates” </strong>exhibit. Local actors and actresses bring to life more than 200 artifacts unearthed from the Whydah , a slave ship hijacked by pirates that sunk during a violent storm in 1717. It’s the first real pirate ship to be found off the coast of the U.S.</p> Fri, 21 Jun 2013 15:08:29 +0000 Stephen Steigman & Steve Kraske 38918 at http://kcur.org Real Pirates Commandeer Kansas City's Union Station WWII: The Last Year Of Europe's Battles http://kcur.org/post/wwii-last-year-europes-battles <p>Omaha, Juno, Utah, Gold and Sword. The <strong>names of the Normandy beaches</strong> echo in the annals of World War II history, but <strong>the iconic invasion wasn’t the last step</strong> of the European campaign.</p><p> Sun, 19 May 2013 17:00:00 +0000 Beth Lipoff & Steve Kraske 36938 at http://kcur.org WWII: The Last Year Of Europe's Battles Pulling Up The Roots Of Words http://kcur.org/post/pulling-roots-words <p>Ever wonder <strong>where the word hornswoggle comes from</strong>? How about doubloon?</p><p> Sun, 05 May 2013 17:00:00 +0000 Beth Lipoff & Steve Kraske 35303 at http://kcur.org Pulling Up The Roots Of Words