Local history & genealogy

All Library locations will be closed on Monday, May 30, for Memorial Day.

The Missouri Valley Room will be closed for research June 3-29 while First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare is on display. However, staff will be available to assist with reference requests by email or telephone (816.701.3427) during regular hours. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
Digital Gallery

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HeritageQuest Online

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Civil War on the Western Border

Civil War on the Western Border

Discover the Civil War's legacy in the Greater Kansas City region.

Ancestry Library Edition

Research the history of your family with online access to historical records provided by Ancestry.com. NOTE: you must access Ancestry from within a Kansas City Public Library location.

This Week in Kansas City History

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Take One

Laugh-O-Gram Studio where Walt Disney worked

May 23, 1922: The Missouri secretary of state issues a certificate of incorporation for Walt Disney’s new animation studio, Laugh-O-gram Films, Inc., founded with $15,000 of other investors' money.

Missouri Valley Sundays

Forty-Seven Days: Pershing’s Warriors Defeat the German Army - Mitchell Yockelson
Sunday, May 22, 2016 - 2:00 p.m.
Central Library
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In the fall of 1918, more than a million U.S. soldiers faced a better trained and more experienced German army on the Western Front of World War I. The Meuse-Argonne Offensive was the Americans’ largest and bloodiest campaign of the war, but the troops led by Gen. John J. Pershing were victorious and helped bring the Great War to an end.

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