history

Walt Bodine Show
11:26 am
Fri March 30, 2012

KC History: The Upcoming 1940 Census Release

The 1940 census tells a story of the economic dislocation that took place in America during the Great Depression. On April 2, those records will be made publicly available online for researchers everywhere.

Read more
Up to Date
6:00 pm
Wed March 21, 2012

The U.S. Capitol & The Coming Of The Civil War

The construction of the U.S. Capitol began with a building plan adopted in 1793.  Its history of being built, burnt, rebuilt & extended meant its completion came at the most crucial point in our nation’s development: the Civil War.

Read more
Walt Bodine Show
4:45 pm
Thu March 8, 2012

KC History: Mobsters In Our Midst

For three decades, organized crime in Kansas City was ruled by one mobster: Nick Civella. 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, and ran every aspect of our city, as told in his books Mobsters in our Midst, and Open City.

Read more
Up to Date
5:23 pm
Wed February 22, 2012

Becoming American In Missouri

In 2003 he left his life working as an attorney in London and Paris and moved to the much smaller community of Columbia, Missouri. Last week, he made it official. Alex George is a U.S. citizen.

Read more
Walt Bodine Show
11:53 am
Fri February 17, 2012

KC History: Small-Scale Slavery In Missouri

Louisa and Harry E. Hayward. Circa 1858. Louisa was the slave nurse for Harry, who was seated in her lap. The image suggests the intimate and complicated relations that existed between slaveholding family members and their slaves.
Courtesy of the Missouri History Museum Phoographs and Prints Collectiojns, St. Louis.

On Friday's Walt Bodine Show, co-host Monroe Dodd discusses the history of small-scale slavery in Missouri with Diane Mutti Burke.

Read more
Cratediggers
4:33 pm
Thu February 9, 2012

Tuning In To A KC Era Gone By

The reel-to-reel recording format was used in the earliest tape recorders.
H. Michael Miley Wikimedia Commons

DJs pride themselves on the rare grooves they can dig up and play for audiences. But there’s another kind of audio lover who searches for artifacts of eras gone by, whether it’s radio broadcasts, commercials or speeches.

Read more
Up to Date
7:40 am
Thu February 2, 2012

Historic Kansas City Foundation Announces Most Endangered List

Each year the Historic Kansas City Foundation releases a list of the "most endangered" structures in an effort to raise awareness of the city's historic buildings.

Read more
What IS That?
11:38 pm
Wed February 1, 2012

Kansas History On The Highway

Asa Smith's grave sits on the shoulder of K7 South.
Kayla Regan KCUR

From K-7 S, it really doesn’t look like much—just four poles and some kind of stone.

Read more
Walt Bodine Show
10:43 am
Fri January 27, 2012

KC History: Remarkable Kansas Women

On Friday's Walt Bodine Show, historian Monroe Dodd discusses the history of remarkable women in Kansas, with past KCUR contributor and author, Gina Kaufmann. Her new book More than Petticoats: Remarkable Kansas Women tells the stories of women who shaped the Sunflower State, including a dentist, an orator, a pilot, a mayor and a fugitive slave.

Read more
Walt Bodine Show
4:00 pm
Thu January 5, 2012

KC History: Americans by Choice

Coming up Friday on the Walt Bodine Show, we'll take a look at "Americans by Choice," an exhibit that tells the history of immigration and naturalization in the state of Kansas.

Read more
Up to Date
12:55 am
Wed December 28, 2011

The Preventable Death of President Garfield

An assassination attempt on the American president, a world-famous inventor on a deadline and a hard-headed doctor named Doctor Bliss. You couldn't make this stuff up, and Leawood author Candice Millard found it too good not to write about.

Read more
KC History
6:52 pm
Thu December 15, 2011

KC History: Prairie Fire

UPDATE: Our past guest Julie Courtwright will be speaking this Sunday at 2pm at the Central Branch of the Kansas City Public Library. More info here.

Coming up on the Walt Bodine Show this Friday, an environmental history of the Great Plains through the lens of prairie fires.

Read more
History
9:18 am
Mon June 21, 2010

Historic Datemark: Korean Conflict

General David Petraeus speaks of Korean War veterans at Independence, MO.
Dan Verbeck KCUR

Independence, MO – Sixty years ago today, President Harry Truman was in Independence when word came that the North Koreans had invaded the South, and the cold war had become hot. Today, veterans of that war were honored in Independence at the Community of Christ Auditorium and sponsored by the Harry S. Truman Library Institute.

Read more

Pages