Kansas History

12:58 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

The Story Behind The Historic American Indian Cemetery In Downtown KCK

The sign leading up to the driveway of the Huron Indian Cemetery, formally known as the Wyandot National Burying Ground.
Credit Suzanne Hogan / KCUR

Right in the center of downtown Kansas City, Kan., between the public library and government buildings just off Minnesota Avenue, is a little two-acre cemetery.

The sign reads "Huron Indian Cemetery," but it’s also known as the Wyandot National Burying Ground. Over the years this place has been a gathering spot and a sacred place for members of the Wyandot Nation, but it has also been the site of controversy, confusion and a curse.

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Kansas City History
2:28 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

The Types Of Things Lurking Underground In Kansas City's Caves

This addition to the already enormous 6 million plus square foot SubTropolis underground complex in Kansas City, Mo., is currently under construction.
Tumblr - SubTropolis Hunt Midwest

You'd never find it by just looking around, but beneath the grounds of Worlds of Fun and Oceans of Fun is one of the largest systems of underground businesses in the country. 

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Up to Date
11:47 am
Wed September 3, 2014

KC's History Of Getting Festive With Fall

Popeye and Olive Oyl stir the giant spinach salad at the Lenexa Spinach Festival.
Credit City of Lenexa / Facebook

As the summer winds down, area festivals ramp up. Celebrating everything from the Spanish and French influence to the pioneers to Popeye’s favorite vegetable, you can go to a different event every weekend now through October.

On Wednesday's Up to Date, we look at the origins of fairs and festivals in our region. We learn about the earliest one in Kansas City then turn our attention to current ones, such as the Lenexa Spinach Festival, Santa-Cali-Gon and the Grand Fete du Chez le Canses.

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Up to Date
11:08 am
Wed September 3, 2014

8 Fall Festivals To Add To Your Weekends

Fall festivals all over the Kansas City area share themes of harvest, food and fun.
Credit City of Lenexa / Facebook

Fall festival season is upon us, and the Kansas City area is gearing up for a busy couple of months. We've gathered up a few of the many celebrations that focus on local history and harvest time.

Lenexa Spinach Festival, Sept. 6 at Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park in Lenexa, Kan.
History exhibits, craft fair, massive spinach salad, cooking demos

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7:46 am
Fri November 29, 2013

Kansas Agency Encourages A New Black Friday Tradition

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 “New Black Friday.”

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Central Standard Friday
5:21 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Pioneers' Hardship In Eastern Kansas

Credit R-Cleland / Flickr - CC

Traveling to a new land, a place one has never been before can be nerve-wracking. More so when that land is uninhabited, undiscovered, and there is no support system other than your family and those traveling with you. In the case of settlers moving west, sometimes the only place for them to express themselves--their thoughts, their emotions--was their journals.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

History & Tourism Around The State Line

Former KC Star TV critic Aaron Barnhart talks about Quantrill's raiders in an interview with Steve Kraske. He and his wife Diane Eickhoff, co-authors of The Big Divide, visited Up to Date April 24, 2013.
Beth Lipoff/KCUR

Go to enough Kansas and Missouri historical spots, and you'll find many of them are steeped in the history of the Civil War.

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KC Currents
3:27 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

KU Prof Explores Black Israelite Roots In Kansas

Michael :"Devar" Long discusses his path to joining Ohev Sholom synagogue in Prairie Village.
Credit Susan B. Wilson / KCUR

Blacks and Jews have historically had a complicated relationship in the United States.  And it’s perhaps the most evident when they claim the same religion, or historical ancestry. The development of Black Israelite or Black Jewish faith has its roots in Kansas, according to the book The Chosen People: The Rise of American Black Israelite Religions by University of Kansas history and American studies professor, Jacob Dorman.

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Up to Date
10:24 am
Sun November 11, 2012

Truman Capote's Take On True Crime

In Cold Blood.

Truman Capote's book, "In Cold Blood" showcased a quadruple murder case in southwestern Kansas, becoming one of the most famous true crime books ever.

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Up to Date
5:46 pm
Mon June 11, 2012

Kansas Myths & Mysteries

A family of serial killers who were never caught...a fortune left buried along the banks of a creek by the Dalton gang...and orphans shipped from New York for a “good” life on the prairie.

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2:12 pm
Mon May 7, 2012

Revising History: Native American Missions In Kansas

Tai Edwards teaches history at Johnson County Community College.

Sitting on the Old Santa Fe Trail, the town of Shawnee Mission was originally that: a mission for members of the Shawnee tribe who were transplanted from their native territory.

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