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Batter Up: New Exhibit Explores KC's Baseball History

Batter photo

As All-Star fever rushes over Kansas City, the Library is presenting a rich look into KC’s 146-year baseball history in the exhibit Amateurs to All-Stars: The Rise of Baseball in Kansas City, open through the 2012 World Series at the Central Library. Before you head down to the Library, peek at a few photo highlights.

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

Second Presbyterian Church

One of the wind’s main targets as it heaved the fiery embers away from Convention Hall was the Second Presbyterian Church that occupied the land across the street. The first small flame was seen in the steeple...

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“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...

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Putting KC History on the Virtual Map


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.

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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.

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