Marron creates a new collection for the last in a series of Library exhibits commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Charlotte Street Foundation.
The exhibit is co-sponsored by the Charlotte Street Foundation and made possible by a grant from the Enid and Crosby Kemper Foundation, UMB Bank, n.a., Trustee.
This exhibition illuminates the two cities’ shared history. Produced by the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum in Canyon, Texas, it features artifacts, art and decorative art objects, clothing and textiles, photographs, and architectural renderings illuminating the connections.
The exhibit’s co-curators, Amy Von Lintel and Michael R. Grauer, are native Kansas Citians who now are historians in the Amarillo area.
Efforts in Kansas City to combat blight and “renew” the city through redevelopment took off after World War II. But visionary ideas came at the expense of established neighborhoods, architectural landmarks, and sense of community.
Featuring before-and-after photographs, maps, and other documents, this new exhibit examines the origin and implementation of urban renewal and its long-term, segregative effects on the city. Officials and developers tried to create a “city of tomorrow.” Their decisions remain a part of our lives today.
The exhibit, researched and curated by Michael Wells of the Library’s Missouri Valley Special Collections, is on display on the fifth floor of the Central Library.