Local history

Local History

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.

Local History

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.

Local History

The Case of the Forgotten Canvas and the Third Man - Part 2

William R. Basham

Each month, John Horner digs into the Missouri Valley Special Collections to unearth a story from local history and look at it in new light. Here he tells us the conclusion of the story of a missing painting and a mysterious man...

Local History

The Case of the Forgotten Canvas and the Third Man - Part 1

Gerald Bernstein

Each month, John Horner digs into the Missouri Valley Special Collections to unearth a story from local history and look at it in new light. Here he tells us the first part of the story of a missing painting and a mysterious man...

Local History

Know Your KC History: Graduation Music, Part 4 (Graduation Day)

Dawson get first Horner Degree

On June 12, 1925, the lives of three men came together in a way that challenged how things had always been in Kansas City. Find out how a teacher, a student, and a reporter swung a hammer at the strong wall of ethnic tradition in KC.