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“Here a Lea, There a Lea - Everywhere a Lea, a Lea!” Part 1

Lees Summit and TC Lea Crossroad sign

The Confederate general had nothing to do with it. Someone who’d been working on the railroad didn’t know how to spell. Lee’s Summit, Missouri, has an elementary school, a middle school, and a park, all bearing the name Pleasant Lea.

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1940 Tax Assessment Photographs

Perhaps you’ve spotted Google’s Street View car cruising through Kansas City, making a photographic record of whatever it happens to pass by. In April 1940, Kansas Citians might have spotted a similarly peculiar activity taking place throughout the city.

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Elmer, A.L., and Me (Part 2)

John F. Stacey (from the M. Christine Schwartz Collection)

Dr. John Horner concludes his search for the identities of the two artists who created the portraits on display in the Guerrillas in Our Midst exhibit from the Library’s Missouri Valley Special Collections.

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Elmer, A.L., and Me (Part 1)

Portrait of Alexander Franklin (Frank) James

Dr. John Horner delves into a search for the identities of the two artists who created the portraits on display in the Guerrillas in Our Midst exhibit from the Library’s Missouri Valley Special Collections.

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New Website: Civil War on the Western Border

Civil War on the Western Border

The Kansas City area has a rich Civil War history. And now there’s a new way to discover and research the legacy of the Kansas-Missouri Border War.