Local history

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Local History

Sorting Cattle from Chaos: Processing the Kansas City Stockyards Collection

Before Missouri Valley Special Collections staff acquired the Kansas City Stockyards Collection, its 6,000-plus items had been scattered about the Livestock Exchange Building.

Local History

Researching School Yearbooks in the Missouri Valley Room

Have you ever kicked yourself for not holding onto your school yearbooks, or wished there was a way to track down an embarrassing photograph of an old friend or family member?

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Not Sacred Enough: Trials and Tribulations of Kansas City Blue Laws

Originally enacted by our Puritan forebears, the so-called Blue Laws forbade the transaction of any sort of business or entertainment on Sundays except for things like medical care and other urgent, unforeseen needs.

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New Online Exhibit of Early Latino Life on Kansas City’s West Side

Latinos in Kansas City: A Westside Scrapbook highlights the lives of Hispanic Americans living on the west side of Kansas City in the first half of the 20th century.

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The American Royal: A Gift from the Stockyards

As a beloved and longstanding institution, the American Royal owes much of its early success to the Kansas City Stock Yards Company. The bond between the Stockyards and the growing organization was certainly one of mutual benefit.

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