Local history

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.

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.