Local history

Local History

History Lives in the Missouri Valley Room

Eli Paul Missouri Valley Special Collections Gallup Map

The Missouri Valley Room is well known for its warm-colored confines, gently glowing lamps, and deep collection of historic texts and artifacts. But there's a lot more action on the Library's 5th floor than just scholars poring over microfilm.

Local History

The Mother of Invention’s Long Arm

William T. Carnes

Late on the morning of May 5, 1921, Mrs. William A. Huddleston came out of the First National Bank at 10th and Baltimore and met with her boss, J.P. Prescott. (As I write this I am sitting on the fifth floor of the same building, though the building had only four floors 90 years ago.)

Local History

Know Your KC History: The Guadalupe Center

Guadlupe Center photo Avenida Cesar Chavez

During the Mexican Revolution of 1910, thousands of Mexicans left their homeland in pursuit of a better life in the United Sates. Many who traveled north to Kansas City found work in packing houses and factories and settled in the Westside neighborhood.

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Know Your KC History: Strange Goings on at Exposition Fair, 1872 pt. 2

Wild Bill Hickok photo

James Butler Hickok, better known as “Wild Bill,” was a well-known scout, gunslinger, gambler, lawman, and umpire. There are at least two accounts of times when Hickok was prevailed upon to umpire baseball games—once in Fort Hays, Kansas, and the other here in Kansas City.

Local History

Know Your KC History: Strange Goings on at Exposition Fair, 1872 pt. 1

T.M. James Times photo

T.M. James & Sons was a store in early Kansas City that sold fine china. It was established by Thomas Martin James, who moved here from Kentucky in 1854, about four years after the founding of the Town of Kansas, or Kansas City, as we now call it.