Local history

Local History

“These Big Halls, When They Take Fire, Burn Like Hayricks”

Rev. Dr. Hermon D. Jenkins

In half an hour it was pretty much all over—except for the putting out, the cleaning up, and the starting over. The Rev. Dr. Hermon D. Jenkins had been pastor of the Second Presbyterian Church since 1895, nearly five years...

Local History

Putting KC History on the Virtual Map

Historypin

The Missouri Valley Special Collections’ digital gallery at kchistory.org is already a wonderful  repository of the people, places, and stories that make up our city’s past. Now, that collection has even more of a worldwide reach, thanks to Historypin.

Local History

Know Your KC History: In the Line of Duty

Herschel Wyatt obit photo

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. This month, John looks at how an officer killed in the line of duty in 1923 is remembered in today's Kansas City Police Mounted Patrol Unit.

Local History

The Mystery of Room 1046, pt. 1: Roland T. Owen

Hotel President, 1930

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. This month, John looks at a little-known, unsolved murder that took place in the heart of downtown Kansas City.

Local History

The Mystery of Room 1046, pt. 2: Love Forever, Louise

Ogletree

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. This month, John looks at a little-known, unsolved murder that took place in the heart of downtown Kansas City.